Marsha Ternus, former chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, practices law in Des Moines, Iowa, focusing on appellate and litigation consulting, serving as an adjudicator in student conduct matters for institutions of higher learning, and serving as an arbitrator. She brings to her practice the insights and judgment she gained in her seventeen years on the court as well as the knowledge and skills she developed in sixteen years as a trial lawyer.
Ms. Ternus is available to assist attorneys in any and all phases of an appeal, as well as attorneys involved in trial court and arbitration proceedings, offering discrete task services, including analysis of legal issues, drafting and editing of briefs and other pleadings, and advising on trial and appellate strategy. In addition, she may be consulted as an expert on issues of Iowa law, insurance coverage, legal ethics and legal malpractice, and is available to serve as an arbitrator, adjudicator and special master.
Ms. Ternus is a frequent lecturer on a variety of subjects, including judicial independence, the politicization of the judiciary, and criminal justice. She also teaches judicial writing for the National Center for State Courts and courses on judicial elections at the National Judicial College.