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Cory F. Gourley

Managing Partner/Attorney
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In the last 6 years alone, Mr. Gourley has obtained verdicts from Iowa juries totaling over 132 million dollars, and those are just the cases that went to trial.  Including settlements, he has recovered tens of millions more for Iowans and other injured clients.  Mr. Gourley obtained what appears to be the biggest verdict in the history of Iowa for one family in February of 2017.  He also has won many of the highest verdicts in the state for parents of children who were injured or killed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. There are simply not other trial attorneys in Iowa that can claim the same results in Iowa, particularly in the last decade.       

Mr. Gourley is a founding and managing member of GRL Law and manages the firm's wrongful death and traumatic injury division. He was selected as a rising star by Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, and 2015, which is an award limited to 2.5 percent of the lawyers in his practice area in the state.  He was selected as a Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017. He was also selected as one of the state's 40 best trial attorneys under the age of 40 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Mr. Gourley is an active member in the Iowa Association for Justice, the largest association for trial lawyers in the state, where he serves on the Board of Governors which is the governing body of the association.  In 2017, he was nominated and selected as a fellow in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers which is widely regarded as the preeminent assocaition of the best trial attorneys in the state.  

Previously, Mr. Gourley graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Business. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from Drake University. He is currently admitted to practice in all Courts in the State of Iowa, both the Southern and Northern Districts of the United States District Court, and the Eight Circuit for the United States Court of Appeals. He also litigates cases in other jurisdictions throughout the Midwest.
Outside of the office, Mr. Gourley is an active member of the central Iowa community.  He participates in various charitable organizations.  He is on the board of directors of the Fmaily Crisis Center which is the largest victim cervices nonprofit in the state. IN 2018 he was nominated as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year whihc is awarded in May of 2018.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, parents, in-laws, and other family and friends.  He also enjoys traveling, golf, skiing, a beer with his buddies and a glass of wine with his wife. 

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Memberships & Activities

Professional Associations 

  • Iowa Association for Justice
    • On the Board of Govenors
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Family Crisis Center
    • On Board of Directors

Education & Background


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2002 J. D.
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 1999 B.S.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Business

Bar Admissions:

  • Iowa, 2002
  • United States District Court Northern District of Iowa, 2002
  • Uinted States District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2002
  • Uunited States Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit, 2011

Representative Cases

This is a small representation of Attorney Cory Gourley's recent case results:

Recent Case Results

Patience can be a Virtue:   OWI charge resulting in death dismissed.

$1,137,500 for Parents of Young Woman Killed in Fall from Balcony:   Parent's of young lady killed in a fall from a balcony awarded a total of 1,137,500 by a Polk County jury.

GRL Law Obtains $150,000 Settlement for Injured Driver:   A driver injured in a low speed rear end collision was paid $150,000 by the insurance company.

Insurance Company Pays $95,000 to Woman Bitten in the Arm by a Vicious Dog:   Insurance company pays 95,000 to woman attacked by dog with scarring to arm

GRL Law obtains $85,000 settlement for Bicyclist:   A woman who was hit by a car receives $85,000 from insurance company of driver

Jury Verdict of $130,000 for Injuries Sustained in Car Accident:   A Polk County Jury concluded that GRL Law's client should be compensated just under $130,000 for injuries sustained in car accident.

Woman paid $75,000 for Head Injury Sustained at Grocery Store:   Woman was hit in the head by debris from a mower at a grocery store receives $75,000 settlement.

GRL Client who Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury receives settlement in excess of $730,000:   Resolved a car accident claim with an insurance company and estate of a deceased prior to filing lawsuit

$3,190,852 Verdict in Federal Court- Holtkamp et al., v. Venture One, Inc.:   GRL Law recovered more than 3.1 million dollars for the Plaintiffs

Engineering Malpractice:   $212,000 A settlement for a developer from a engineering firm...

Faulty Bridge at a Golf Course Resulted in Injuries:   $120,000 Settlement for a broken arm and injured shoulder...

Injuries Suffered by a Dog Bite to a Child:   $130,000 Injuries suffered by a child...

Motor Vehicle Accident - Broken Bones:   $100,000 Recovery for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle...

GRL Law Obtains Record Verdict of $1.75 million reduced to under 1.2 Million for Comparative Fault:   GRL Law Obtains Record Verdict


Restored My Faith in Lawyers:   After 45 years of dealing with both plaintiff and defense attorneys as a casualty insurance adjuster, I had become somewhat disenchanted with the whole legal process prior to Mr. Gourley completely restoring my faith in the system.

One of the best attorneys in Iowa:   I have been working with Mr. Gourley for the past 10 years...

Good Lawyer, Responsible, and Hard Working!:   Cory was my lawyer a few years back, now I might be needing him again...

Cory Gourley, integrity, patience and professionalism, only way to discribe this lawyer:   My case was a tough, post-divorce custody modification. Hard as it gets...

Other Blog Entries By This Author

When to get a lawyer after a car accident?:   There's a lot going on when a tragedy strikes in your life, but if you have the opportunity, call us as soon as possible.

What to do after a car accident:   When you're in a car accident there are a few things that the law requires that you do in Iowa and the very first thing is stop. In fact, depending on the level of the injuries involved in the accident it can be a felony if you leave the accident so the very first and most important advice is to stop.

How Much is My Car Accident Settlement Worth?:   A car accident claim in Iowa is going to be worth somewhere between zero dollars and tens of millions. It is very, very situational.

Right is Right: Why Left hand Turns are so Dangerous and Right hand turns are Much Safer:   Left hand Turns are the cause of the majority of serious car and truck accidents in the US and minimizing them will make the roadways safer.

What does TBI mean?:   What a traumatic brain injury is, is it's a dysfunction in the brain that occurs as a result of a blow or a jolt to the head or the body.

Does auto insurance cover bicycle accidents?:   Whether or not auto insurance covers bicycle accidents depends on the situation and depends on how the accident occurs.

What does a personal injury lawyer do?:   A personal injury lawyer fills a lot of roles.

What is a personal injury claim?:   A personal injury claim is a civil claim for money damages for a person who has suffered an injury, whether that injury be emotional or physical.

What is a wrongful death lawsuit?:   A wrongful death claim then is when a person is killed and they are killed as a result of the neglect or the mistake or god forbid, maybe a worse action like drinking and driving or texting while you are driving.

How to Find a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer:   The most important thing for traumatic brain injuries and traumatic injuries of any sort is experience and results. If an attorney has done lots of these cases, they're going to have the expertise generally necessary to litigate these cases.

Convicted Sex Offender Ordered To Pay Survivor $127 Million By Polk County Jury:   GRL Law helps secure justice for sexual assault survivor by obtaining a record jury verdict and judgment that will follow the offender around for the rest of his life.

$6 million settlement (total collective value in excess of 6 million) secured by legal team led by by Cory F Gourley:   GRL Law partner Cory F. Gourley leads team of attorneys and law firms in securing a settlement with a total value in excess of six million dollars in successfully attacking a will and trust changed just before death of family member

To Sue or Not to Sue?:   What are the considerations that go into deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit or settle with the insurance company?

Should You Really Register Your Security Camera With The Police?:   To register or not to register your home security surveillance system, that is the question. With home security and surveillance systems becoming more ubiquitous all the time, the police now want you to register your camera with the department.

Over 12.5 Million Recovered in Semi-Truck Accident Case:   After working tirelessly for ten years on behalf of two families, GRL Law was able to secure full and complete compensation for our clients.