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Formerly a fire captain and EMT, Skylar applies his seven years of knowledge and experience to his practice as an attorney at Scheldrup Blades. He frequently advises and assists municipalities and non-profit corporations on municipal issues, including issues involving police, fire, and emergency medical services. Skylar also represents state and local police officers, correctional officers, emergency medical providers, and firefighters, in addition to the Iowa Firefighters Association, whose membership includes over 15,000 firefighters across the state. With his background in law enforcement, emergency services, and corrections, Skylar frequently presents on topics including police, fire, and emergency medical service liability, in addition to workers’ compensation and employment law topics. Skylar is a member of the firm’s employment law, government and municipal liability, nursing home defense, trucking and transportation, workers’ compensation, and criminal defense practice groups.
Skylar's experience includes representing clients in both civil and criminal jury trials, defending clients in administrative proceedings, and representing clients in cases on appeal, including to the Iowa Supreme Court. While in law school at the University of Iowa College of Law, he participated in the Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition, the Appellate Advocacy program and the legal clinic, where he served as a clinical extern at the City of Iowa City Attorney’s Office and the Human Rights Commission. In addition, Skylar gained practical courtroom experience while serving as an intern in both the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office and the State of Iowa’s Eighth Judicial District.
Skylar is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Iowa Society of Fire Service Instructors and the Linn County Bar Association.
Skylar is licensed to practice locally in the state of Iowa and federally in the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with Highest Service Honors
University of Iowa, B.A.
Southeastern Community College, A.S., A.A.
My Favorite Immunity: Emergency Response Immunity (unpublished)
Iowa's Broken EMS System Endangers Health, Safety, and Welfare (unpublished)
Speaker, Stay off the Hot Seat: Preventing and Defending Claims against Municipal Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS Departments, October 2016.
Speaker, Don't Get Burned: The Importance of a Pre-Employment Strategy, Scheldrup Blades Annual Governmental and Municipal Law Seminar, October 2016
Speaker, Running a Risk: Emergency Vehicle Operations, and Sizing Up Fire and EMS Law: Spotting Issues and Delivering Solutions for Today's Leader, CITA Fire School, September 2016
Speaker, Iowa Volunteer Fire Chief's Workshop, April 2015
Speaker, Municipal Case Law Update, Scheldrup Blades Annual Governmental and Municipal Law Seminar, October 2014
Speaker, Iowa Municipal Law Seminar, September 2014
Skylar is passionate about teaching, traveling, meeting new people, and entertaining his family, friends and guests while honing the bartending skills developed over six years at the largest college bar in the Big Ten.
If he's not socializing at an entertainment venue, he's probably volunteering, relaxing or spending time with his family. He spends time outside the office keeping in touch with former colleagues in the fire and EMS world, including presenting at special training sessions around the state.
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