373 Scott Court Suite B
Iowa City, ID 52244

Helping Our Clients Overcome Personal Setbacks,
Resolve Complex Problems and Move Forward

For 50 years, Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C. has been a trusted resource for individuals and families facing a range of pivotal and complex legal concerns. Those who turn to our legal team benefit from personal attention and genuine focus on protection of their immediate and long-term interests.

You can contact our office with confidence that a lawyer will hear you out, thoroughly assess your situation, and help you consider all viable options for taking care of it and getting back on track.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Criminal Defense
  • Business & Contract Law
  • Wills, Trusts & Probate
  • Bankruptcy

We take the time to understand each client's most important worries and goals. We explain potential outcomes and risks in clear language and stay constantly responsive to questions and concerns. This genuinely interactive and constructive approach has enabled us to build many strong and lasting relationships.

Call Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C. today at 319-354-1712 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Constance Peschang Stannard

Jurisdictions:

  • Iowa, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992

Education:

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1985
  • MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Major: Elementary Education

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member

Attorney Steven Klesner

Jurisdictions:

  • Iowa, 1991
  • Illinois, 1991

Education:

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Central College, Pella, Iowa
    • B.A. - 1986

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member

Attorney David Burbidge

Jurisdictions:

  • Iowa, 1997

Education:

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1994
  • St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota
    • B.A. cum laude - 1990
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Spanish

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Iowa Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association – Family Law Section

Attorney Shawn M. Fitzgerald

Jurisdictions:

  • Illinois, 2005
  • Iowa, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2010

Education:

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2005
  • University of Iowa
    • B.S. - 2002

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa Association for Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Iowa Title Guaranty, Participating Attorney

 

Cedar County AGCR024516 — PLEA OFFER ACCEPTED

— Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald's client was accused of the crime of Operating a Motor Vehicle While License is Barred as a Habitual Offender §321.560/ §321.561/ §321.555 /§321.556 (An Aggravated Misdemeanor), as well as Failure to Use Child Restraint Devise §321.446 (A Scheduled Violation). Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald was able to secure a plea offer satisfactory to both client and state.


Muscatine County AGCR057733 — PLEA ACCEPTED, CHARGE REDUCED
— Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald's client was accused of Domestic Abuse Assault §708.2A(2)(b) (A Serious Misdemeanor). An initial plea offer stated the client would have to plead guilty as charged, attorney Shawn Fitzgerald worked for a better offer for his client. The client was able to plead guilty to an amended lesser charge of Disorderly Conduct §723.4(2) (A Simple Misdemeanor).


Johnson County AGCR108579 & FECR115392 — FELONY REDUCED, FELONY DISMISSED

— Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald's client was charged with Count I, Burglary in the First Degree §713.1/ §713.3 (A Class B Felony); Count II, Robbery in the First Degree §711.1(A)/ §711.2 (A Class B Felony); and Count III, Theft in the First Degree §714.1(1)/ §714.2 (A Class C Felony). Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald was able to successfully reduce the charges to Count I, Burglary in the Third Degree §713.1/ §713.6A (A Class D Felony) and Count III, Theft in the First Degree §714.1(1)/ §714.2 (A Class C Felony). Count II was dismissed. Count I and Count III sentences have been allowed to be served concurrently.


Linn County AGCR117558 — CHARGE AMENDED, CHARGE DISMISSED
— Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald's client was charged with Count I, Child Endangerment §726.6(1)(a)/ §726.6(3)/ §726.6)7) (An Aggravated Misdemeanor); Count II, Carrying Weapons §724.4(1); and Count III, Assault Causing Bodily Injury §708.1(2)(c)/ §708.2(2) (A Serious Misdemeanor). Count III was initially Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon but was amended as part of a negotiated plea agreement where Shawn's client agreed to plead guilty to Counts I and [amended] III.

Count II was dismissed.


Cedar County AGCR024099 — MISDEMEANOR CHARGES REDUCED TO SINGLE VIOLATION
— Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald's client was charged with Count I; Operating a Motor Vehicle While License is Barred as a Habitual Offender §321.555/ §321.556/ §321.560/ §321.561 (An Aggravated Misdemeanor) and Count II; Possession of Marijuana, a Schedule I Controlled Substance — First Offense §124.401(5) (A Serious Misdemeanor). At the closing of the case, Count I was reduced to the crime of No Valid Driver's License §321.174(1), a mere Scheduled Violation. Count II was dismissed entirely.


Cedar County AGCR024471— FELONY AVOIDED, SENTENCE SUSPENDED

— Attorney Shawn Fitzgerald's client was accused of Count I, Willful Injury Resulting in Bodily Injury §708.4(2) (A Class D Felony) and Count II, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree §716.1/ §716.5 (An Aggravated Misdemeanor). The client accepted the plea offer of the lesser offenses of Count I, Assault Causing Bodily Injury §708.2(2) (A Serious Misdemeanor) and Count II, Criminal Mischief Fourth Degree §716.1/ §716.6(1)(a)(1) (A Serious Misdemeanor) with a suspended sentence and time served to run concurrently.

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