Dickey, Campbell, & Sahag Law Firm

Gary Dickey

Gary Dickey


Gary Dickey, Managing Member | gary@iowajustice.com

Gary Dickey is a founding member of Dickey & Campbell Law Firm whose practice focuses primarily on criminal defense, personal injury, and regulatory litigation.  In addition to litigating high-profile cases, Gary is one of Iowa’s leading appellate attorneys on complex issues of criminal and civil law, regularly arguing before the Iowa Supreme Court.  He has successfully briefed and argued dozens of cases before state and federal appeals courts.  Most notably, he assisted in drafting the brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the prevailing party in Burrage v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 881 (2014).

Gary is a lifelong resident of Des Moines.  Upon graduation from Drake University Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Harold Vietor, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Iowa.  In 2004, Gary served in the Office of Governor Vilsack and Lt. Governor Pederson as general counsel and policy director.  While with the Governor’s Office, he drafted Executive Order No. 42, which restored the right to vote in Iowa for tens of thousands of ex-felons that had already completed their sentences.

Gary’s clients also benefit from his extensive political and media background.  He is a widely recognized source of legal and political advice for candidates seeking public office in Iowa. He has served as legal counsel to numerous campaigns for offices ranging from the Des Moines City Council to United States Senate.  Gary is regularly quoted in local media, including the Des Moines Register, and his cases have garnered television coverage.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury

  • Criminal Law and Executive Clemency

  • Civil Rights

  • Government Affairs

  • Employment & Labor Law

  • Appellate Law

  • Administrative Law


  • State of Iowa

  • U.S. District Court

  • Northern/Southern

  • District of Iowa

  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States Supreme Court


Drake University Law School, J.D.

  • High Honors

  • Order of the Barrister

  • Drake Law Review Junior Staff

  • Student Bar Association President

  • Martin Tollefson Award

  • William & Ellen Cooney Hoye Award

Drake University, B.S.B.A.

  • Magna Cum Laude

  • Corporate Finance/Insurance

Associations & Memberships

  • Iowa State Bar Association

  • Iowa Association of Justice

  • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Iowa Athletic Commission, past commissioner

  • Southwestern Hills Neighborhood Association, past board member

  • Friend of AFSCME Award Recipient