Jerry Crawford

Work experience and biography

Jerry Crawford practices in the areas of government relations, litigation, racing and gaming, sports law, project development and policy initiatives.  His legal career began with an emphasis in trial work and included active participation in local, state and national Democratic politics.  From this foundation, Jerry built and maintains a strong network of contacts and colleagues in the legal, business and political communities in the State of Iowa and throughout the United States.

Jerry has tried more than 100 cases to verdict throughout his thirty years of practice.  His trial practice emphasizes personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, commercial disputes and NCAA infraction hearings.

In the area of government relations, Jerry continues to serve a wide variety of clients in developing and enhancing opportunities to partner with local, state, and federal governmental entities across the country and internationally.  His extensive policy practice involves the representation of a broad array of clients in regional, national and international projects stretching to all corners of the world.

Professional Activities and Affiliations

Member, Breeders Cup Board of Directors (2010 – Present)

Managing Member, Donegal Racing (2008 – Present)

Vice-Chair, Macalester College Board of Trustees (2006-09)

Chair, Step Forward Capital Campaign, Macalester College (2007-09)

Finance Committee, Democratic Governors Association (1994 - 2009)

Midwest Co-Chair, Hillary Clinton for President Campaign (2007-08)

Inductee, Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame (2004)

Finance Chair, Democratic Governors Association (2004)

State Chair, John Kerry for President Committee (2003-04)

State Chair, Al Gore for President Committee (1999-2000)

Campaign Manager, Arthur Davis for Mayor Committee (1995)

State Director, Clinton for President Committee (1992, 1996)

Co-Chair, Polk County No-Commonwealth Committee (1994)

Chair, Michael Dukakis Presidential Campaign in Iowa (1987-88)

Legal Counsel, Mondale for President Committee (1984)

Chair, Polk County Democratic Party (1976)

Former Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Iowa College of Law

Former International Trade Delegate to Central and South America

Former Chair, Jefferson Elementary School Site-Based Council

Managing Owner, Iowa Energy (NBA Developmental League Franchise)


Background Information
Macalester College, B.A. Political Science 1971
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. 1975
Admitted to Bar
Iowa 1975
Contact Information
Phone FAX
515-245-5420 515-778-5420(c) 515-245-5421
Mailing Address
1701 Ruan Center , 666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Polk County and  Iowa State Bar Associations
American Association of Justice
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association