Iowa Attorney Receives Highest Honor from State Bar Association

July 15, 2010

The Iowa State Bar Association awarded its highest honor, the Award of Merit, to Paul R. Tyler, a fellow of the ABF and an attorney with the Des Moines-based firm of Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. The award was presented on June 16 during the ISBA’s annual meeting.

In presenting the award, which was created 63 years ago, ISBA President Jane Lorentzen cited Tyler’s dedication to the legal profession, to the association and to his community as the reasons for conferring the award on him. A 1967 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law with Distinction and a Phi Beta Kappa in his undergraduate education, Tyler has helped thousands with his knowledge of real estate, banking and business law, Lorentzen said. In fact, his knowledge of finance and business transactions earned him an appointment by the federal courts as trustee for the liquidation of a stock brokerage company in Iowa – the only Iowa lawyer thus far to receive such an appointment.

In addition to the many leadership positions he has held with the ISBA and other law-related organizations, Tyler has been actively involved on the board of directors of numerous community organizations including Youth Homes of MidAmerica, Hospice of Central Iowa and, for 17 years, the Better Business Bureau serving Greater Iowa, the Quad Cities and the Siouxland Region. He served as chair of that board from 2004-2005. Tyler also is a member of the American Land Title Association.

“This year’s award recipient lives by the age-old motto: ‘Do unto others what you would have them do unto you,’” Lorentzen read from the framed proclamation presented as part of the award. “Thousands of individuals have benefited from that simple credo.”

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