Todd Lantz’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, trial practice and appeals. He has successfully argued motions and tried cases in state and federal court on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Todd is described as a five-tool player, which is a baseball term for a player who excels at every facet of the game.

Criminal Practice

Todd has successfully represented clients at every stage of a criminal investigation and prosecution. Along with other attorneys at The Weinhardt Law Firm, Todd has represented numerous corporate and individual clients under investigation by state and federal authorities. Todd also has experience representing clients against criminal charges in federal and state courts, including charges for antitrust violations, health care fraud, bank fraud, theft, federal program fraud, embezzlement, mail fraud, environmental violations, ongoing criminal conduct/RICO, child endangerment, money laundering, possession of stolen property, possession/distribution of controlled substances, and witness tampering. Todd’s efforts on behalf of clients have included successful negotiation with prosecutors and, if necessary, advocacy at trial and sentencing.

Highlights of Todd’s criminal practice include:

  • Persuading federal prosecutors to not seek criminal indictments against multiple clients in separate long-term investigations for bank fraud.
  • Convincing prosecutors to dismiss theft and fraud charges against a northwest Iowa businessman arising from his dealings with a State employee.
  • Obtaining a judgment of acquittal following a jury trial for a woman accused of tampering with a witness in a separate criminal case.
  • Convincing a federal court to impose a sentence of probation only for a client who pled guilty to embezzlement from his employees’ retirement accounts.

Civil Practice

Todd has represented clients in a wide variety of civil disputes. His clients have been individuals and companies as well as plaintiffs and defendants. Todd has advocated for clients in formal litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation).

Todd has represented clients in many disputes involving faulty design and workmanship claims, including related issues of insurance coverage. For example, Todd represented the owners of a 300-unit apartment complex in multiple lawsuits arising from pervasive construction defects and resulting water intrusion problems. Todd first helped the owners fight a complicated lawsuit against the builder/developer and over a dozen subcontractors. Ultimately, Todd’s clients agreed to complex settlement that included nearly $3 million from the builder, the builder’s primary insurer, and many subcontractors. Next, Todd pursued claims against a stone veneer subcontractor that did not settle, obtaining a significant judgment following a bench trial. Finally, Todd served as lead trial counsel for the owner’s claim against the builder’s excess insurer. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a favorable verdict for the full amount that Todd requested in his closing argument, over $12.4 million.

Other highlights in Todd’s civil practice include:

  • Obtaining a complete defense judgment while serving as sole trial counsel for a corn producer who was defending against six-figure claims alleged by a cooperative.
  • Winning a summary judgment victory in a complex civil suit to determine ownership and control of a large oil drilling venture.
  • Successfully defending a trial victory in a mortgage foreclosure action before the Iowa Court of Appeals.

History

Todd graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa before attending Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude. While at Harvard Law School, he received the Law Student Ethics Award from The Association of Corporate Counsel for his work related to disability law at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center.

Following law school, Todd served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and later joined Belin McCormick, P.C., a full-service law firm in Des Moines. At Belin McCormick he successfully argued motions and tried cases in state and federal court.

In March of 2013, he joined The Weinhardt Law Firm where his practice areas include complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, trial practice and appeals.

Community & Professional Activities

  • Iowa State Bar Association (Member)
  • Polk County Bar Association (Member, Chair of PCBA Bench & Bar Golf Tournament Committee)
  • Disability Rights Iowa (Board Member, Current President)
  • Autism Society of Iowa (former Board Member, 2011-2016)
  • Email: Todd Lantz
  • Direct: 515.564.5276
  • Office: 515.244.3100
  • Fax: 515.288.0407
  • Address:
    2600 Grand Avenue, Ste. 450
    Des Moines, Iowa 50312
  • Assistant: Michele Baldus
  • Direct: 515.564.5275

Education

Legal: Harvard Law School, cum laude, 2009
Undergraduate: University of Iowa, with honors and highest distinction, 2006

Practice Areas

Litigation: Complex Civil Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Trial Practice, Appeals

Admitted to Practice

States: Iowa

Federal Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit