On Monday, August 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Iowa took the rare step of temporarily suspending attorney Adam Elliot Kehrwald’s license to practice law, citing a disability that has rendered him unable to fulfill his professional obligations.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Adam Elliot Kehrwald,” with case no. 23-1187.

This matter was presented before the court via the submission of an application for disability suspension, which had been filed by the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board, following the provisions of Iowa Court Rule 34.17. The application put forward by the Board sought the suspension of Adam Elliot Kehrwald’s law license due to a disability that impeded his ability to fulfill the professional responsibilities associated with the legal practice. In response, Kehrwald had filed a written consent to the immediate suspension of his license, and he had also waived his right to appear personally before the court.

Since the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board has arrived at the conclusion that Kehrwald is incapable of fulfilling the professional obligations connected with the legal practice, the court has decided that it is appropriate to issue a temporary suspension of Kehrwald’s law license.

The order states:

“It is therefore ORDERED: Adam Elliot Kehrwald’s license to practice law in the State of Iowa, upon the filing of this order is temporarily suspended pending further orders of this court.”

According to the court, this suspension will remain in effect until such time as the same delivers further directives. Kehrwald retains the option to submit a petition in accordance with rule 34.17(7) to seek the dissolution or modification of this suspension order. For such a petition to be considered, the court noted that Kehrwald must provide compelling evidence, established by clear and convincing means, that his disability has been resolved, and he has fully regained the capacity to resume the practice of law.

According to martindale.com, Mr. Kehrwald attended the California Western School of Law, graduating in 2004. He practices in Des Moines, Iowa. He is licensed in Iowa.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.