When choosing an attorney, we know you are looking for someone you can trust who will advocate on your behalf, regardless of the situation. The attorneys at Stumme Collins Gritters and Epley Law will fight for you. If you are seeking legal advice, you can be sure one of our attorneys will provide sound advice based on sound legal principles. No matter how small or large your legal concerns may be, our attorneys are dedicated to providing high quality service with a commitment to satisfaction.
Lawrence A. Stumme Jr.
Lawrence Stumme is the founding member of Stumme Law Office, opening his practice in Denver back in 1978. The son of a minister, Lawrence has always had a desire to help those in need. After graduation from high school, Lawrence received his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in 1960. Lawrence then went on to obtain a Bachelors of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary in 1964.
After graduating from seminary, Lawrence began working as a pastor in Dayton, Ohio for eight years. In 1977, Lawrence graduated from Capital University Law School. Lawrence worked as a prosecutor in Columbus, Ohio for two years in the city attorney's office.
In 1978, Lawrence and his family moved to Denver, Iowa where Lawrence began practicing law out of his home. Stumme Law Office soon outgrew the constraints of a home practice and moved over to the old Post Office building. The extra space allowed more room for meeting with clients and potentially adding attorneys to the firm. Lawrence became the Bremer County Attorney as a write-in candidate and served for 12 years. The County Attorney position was part time, which allowed Lawrence to continue his private practice.
Lawrence continues to have a desire to work with the residents of Denver and Northeast Iowa. Lawrence holds seats on the Board of Directors at Denver Savings Bank and Denver Sunset Home.
LANCE M. GRITTERS
Lance M. Gritters was born in Sioux Center, Iowa, and graduated from Western Christian High School. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Dordt College in 2001 and attended graduate school at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as a graduate assistant for the history department. He received his Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Nebraska in 2005. While in law school, he clerked for the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office. After admission to the Iowa Bar in 2005, he joined Leslie & Collins. In July, 2010, he became a partner in the firm. He is also admitted in both the Northern and Southern Iowa Federal District Courts. He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation.
Keith D. Collins, born Hampton, Iowa, January 26, 1947; graduated from Valley High School, Elgin, Iowa, 1965; from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, 1969 with a BA degree in German as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar; from the University of Iowa College of Law earning his Juris Doctor degree with Distinction, 1978; admitted to Iowa bar, Northern and Southern Iowa federal District Courts, 1978; served in the United States Army from 1971-1974 as an interrogator in the Czech and German languages. He first practiced law with Anders J. Norgaard in Belle Plaine, Iowa, from 1978-1988, during which time he was Assistant County Attorney for Benton County, 1980-84. He moved to Waverly, Iowa, in 1988 and formed the partnership of Leslie & Collins.
Ethan D. Epley
Ethan Epley received his J.D. from Drake Law School in Des Moines in 2009. While at Drake Law School, Ethan was a member and officer in the Agricultural Law Association and an Editor for the Agricultural Law Journal. Ethan earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in 2002 with a major in Agricultural Studies and a minor in Agronomy.
While at Law School in Des Moines, Ethan worked for the Beginning Farmers Center located in Urbandale, Iowa. While working for the Center, Ethan participated in a research project regarding the increased absentee ownership of farm land, as well as issues regarding estate planning for the family farm. Ethan also wrote an article entitled "Manure Management Planning" and helped develop the Manure Agreement Decision Making Tool which provides farmers a resource to help when developing a manure agreement.
Ethan's deep interest in farming and agricultural law comes from his family's extensive involvement in agriculture. Ethan grew up on his family's century farm located in Butler and Bremer Counties. His involvement of farming continues today as he helps his father with his farm. Ethan also farms 100 acres in Butler County that has been in his wife's family for well over 100 years. Ethan approaches the law in a common sense manner knowing your unique situation requires a unique approach.