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1000 Main St
Dubuque, IA 52001


+1 563 557 8400

Full Service Law Firm

O’Connor & Thomas, P.C. is a full-service law firm providing expert counsel and extensive experience in a wide range of practice areas.

Excellence & Experience

Located in historical downtown Dubuque. Turn to a local team you can trust.

Corporate & Transactional Law

Bonds * Construction Law * Corporate Law * Education Law * Health Care Law * Mergers & Acquisitions * Franchise Law

Estate Planning

Wills * Living Wills * Trusts * Powers of Attorney * Estate Administration * Guardianships * Conservatorships * Beneficiary Designations

Criminal Defense

Drunk Driving * OWI * Drugs * Marijuana * Controlled Substance Offenses * Assault * Domestic Assault * No Contact Orders * Weapons * Firearms * Harassment * Theft * Burglary * Public Intoxication * Warrants * Misdemeanors * Felonies * Traffic Violations * Probation Violations * Seized Property

Intellectual Property

Copyright * Trademark

Financial / Banking

Mergers & Acquisitions * Commercial Lending Transactions * Creditor’s Rights * Bankruptcy * Workouts * Protection of Security Interests * Construction & Real Estate Financing * Regulatory Compliance Matters * Asset Management

Litigation & Appeals

Personal Injury * Appeals * Commercial Litigation * Contract Disputes * Medical Malpractice * Professional Malpractice * Product Liability * Arbitration * Mediation * Administrative Agencies * Insurance Defense * Small Claims

Family Law

Divorce * Custody Actions * Child Support * Adoption * Prenuptial Agreements * Termination of Parental Rights * Guardianship

Labor & Employment Law

Fair Labor Standards Act * Fair Labor Standards Act * Occupational Safety and Health Act * Employee Retirement Income Security Act * Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act * Immigration and Nationality Act * Wage and Hour

Tax Law

Tax Planning * Tax Preparation * Business Tax * Estate Tax * Gift Tax * Non-Profits * 501(c)(3) * Audits

Real Estate

Commercial & Residential Real Estate Services * Buying & Selling * Title Work * Closings * Landlord- Tenant * Construction Contracts * Zoning & Environmental

Corporate Transparency Act

The Corporate Transparency Act

We are contacting many of our clients with whom we have worked on entity formation, ownership, and organizational matters to make them aware of a new federal law that might affect them or their entities. The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) goes into effect on January 1, 2024. Under the CTA, many entities will be required to report the identity and certain personal information of: (1) individuals that directly or indirectly own 25% or more of the entity’s interests; and (2) individuals who directly or indirectly have substantial control of the entity. In addition, entities formed on or after January 1, 2024, will need to identify and report certain personal information about the individuals involved in the entity formation. Click here for more information.

2023 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Ranks O’Connor & Thomas, P.C. as a “Best Law Firm”

The U.S. News—Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Child Custody Success

“Stephanie was absolutely fantastic! When my ex-wife absconded to Iowa from Arizona, Stephanie helped me regain custody of my children using an emergency order. I first approached her to simply register a foreign custody order in Iowa in accordance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) but Stephanie went above and beyond to learn the details of my case and suggest a better alternative, the emergency order. She was smart, helpful, responsive, and aggressive; everything I could have hoped for and more. She even drove to a court in a different county to meet me and suggested we sue for attorneys fees and travel expenses. We won! It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction.” 

~ Robert (September 2018)

Custody, Farm, Investments, Career

“My divorce after a 20 year marriage had a lot of moving parts and I was completely impressed with how Stephanie had the capability and capacity to absorb it all. Stephanie is extremely intelligent, honest, dedicated to her clients, knows the law and she is an effective negotiator. But, most importantly, she is compassionate and empathetic. She gets to know her clients, their emotions and all details regarding the case so the client feels understood and heard. My divorce included three children that I love dearly and almost 30 years of farming and a 20 year professional career. We needed to manage custody, alimony, real estate, 401k, investment portfolios, retirement plans, livestock, crops and machinery. I seriously felt Stephanie knew my life and my business almost as well as I did. She came up with custody and financial strategies that I hadn’t considered which resulted with a settlement that we could all live with. I highly recommend Stephanie for her caring manner and attention to detail.” 

~John (August 30, 2018)

Divorce and child custody

Stephanie, saved me! I didn’t know what I was going to do or what direction I need to take. She stepped in took charge and made me feel 100% satisfied with every decision I made. She is so easy to talk to and work with, making me feel like a friend. She does great work around the clock! I would recommend her to anyone.

~Ashley (June 23, 2018)

Chris Fry

I am very pleased with how Chris represented me. Chris is a very caring, compassionate, and down to earth lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and gives excellent advice. I would definitely recommend Chris.

~Kathy (Sept. 2016)

Less Hassles, Good Results

I’ve had work related injuries and I went to Chris Fry with O’Connor and Thomas, and all I had to do was tell Chris my situation and he did the rest. Keeping the lines of communication open between what was happening enabled Chris to get the most out of my claim. Due to misfortune incidents, I’ve other claims to be had, and I do what I need to do and Chris does what he needs to do. I highly recommend him to entrust what you’re entitled to!

~Frank (Sept. 2016)

Insurance Settlement

Chris assisted me with an accident in which I was struck by a car on a bicycle and settled with multiple insurance companies. He was referred to my family while I was still unconscious at the University Of Iowa hospitals, and had a specific plan of action in place by the time I finally met him 5 weeks later. Chris was patient and answered any question presented. Chris made a meticulous effort to keep me updated on the progress of the settlements and mailed me pertinent paperwork on a timely basis. At times, his office would be working with my insurance company and the responsible party’s insurance company, multiple medical agencies with regards to billing, law enforcement, and my employer all at the same time. He was punctual, professional, consistent with time frames, and showed a deep understanding of the law. The experience was made most enjoyable because Chris brought a caring personality. Yes, lawyers are like anyone else employed in that they make money for services rendered. However, Chris once told me that he simply “likes to help people”. He helped me in more ways than he can imagine, and I am forever thankful and grateful for his enduring work and friendship that developed. If in the future I would need to refer someone to a lawyer, I would not hesitate to offer Chris Fry’s name, 100%. I trusted this brilliant man with my future and my families future, and I have no regrets with only praise.

~Craig (Sept. 2016)


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