Thomas W. Polking
Tom began his practice in the rural community of Jefferson, Iowa, in 1972, with the law firm of Wilcox, Polking, Gerken, Schwarzkopf & Copeland, P.C. He was a long term shareholder of this firm. In 2015, after Tom and his wife, Karen, moved to West Des Moines, he transitioned his law practice to Tom Polking, P.C. and of-counsel with Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, P.C., maintaining offices in both locations. As of January of 2019, Tom is a full time member of Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, P.C.
Tom’s main areas of practice involve representing clients throughout the state of Iowa in legal matters dealing with business and corporate law, estate planning, trusts, real estate and probate. A large part of Tom’s practice involves succession planning of family-owned businesses, with an emphasis in family farms, while taking into consideration the various tax aspects and operational issues involved in these transfers.
Outside of the practice of law, Tom has served on numerous boards, including Greene County Development Corporation, Jefferson Community School District, Genesis Development, Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County and the Glen Oaks Homeowners Association. Tom has also volunteered for various charities, and is presently volunteering at the Food Bank of Iowa.
Tom and Karen reside in West Des Moines. They have four daughters, who with their spouses and eight children all live in the Greater Des Moines area.
- Iowa (June 16, 1972)
- U.S. Supreme Court (March 30, 1981)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit (March 9, 1981)
- U.S. Tax Court (January 31, 1978)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa (October 4, 1973)
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa (March 3, 1981)
- Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
- J.D.— 1972
- Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa B.A. – 1969