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Richard C. Landon

2019 Up & Coming Attorneys: Richard C. Landon

Iowa native Richard C. Landon had his sights set on a career as a college professor before he was drawn to the intellectual challenge of legal work. When Larson was a graduate student in American Studies at the University of Iowa, his then-girlfriend, now-wife, was in law school.

“Watching what she was learning and doing, and also studying intellectual property from a cultural perspective, I got interested in the law from that angle,” Landon recalled.

After graduating with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2011, Landon was a judicial clerk for Judge Michael J. Melloy of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2012, Landon joined Gray Plant Mooty, where he had worked as a summer associate two years earlier. Landon’s GPM colleagues praise his skills as a trial lawyer, the writer of a number of winning briefs and an appellate specialist.

One of his more significant recent victories was being part of a team that won a Supreme Court reversal of a Court of Appeals dismissal on jurisdictional grounds, on behalf of plaintiffs suing the state of Minnesota for failure to provide an adequate education in Minneapolis and St, Paul public schools. (Cruz-Guzman v. State).

He enjoys working at GPM. “It has been a very supportive institution; I’ve felt welcomed and appreciated from day one, not just as an attorney, but as a person people enjoy having around.” As he continues to work in litigation and appellate work, Landon hopes “to continue building the advising part of my practice, working to keep people out of court.”

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