Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
Stephen J. Holtman

Stephen J. Holtman

Position: Member
115 3rd Street SE, Suite 1200
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1266
(319) 896-4043 direct
(319) 366-1917 fax

Attorney Steve Holtman joined the firm in 1973 after serving as a law clerk to Judge Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Holtman has practiced primarily in commercial and business litigation and has extensive experience in handling complex commercial litigation matters involving breach of contract, business torts, and intellectual property. He has litigated cases in state and federal courts in 25 states throughout the country. Mr. Holtman has given oral arguments in nine of the 12 United States Court of Appeals.

In addition, Mr. Holtman has presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars including a presentation at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting. He has been active in several Iowa Bar Association committees and served as chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee.

For many years, Mr. Holtman was managing partner of the law firm. His legal education was interrupted from 1968-1970 when he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

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Honors & Awards

  • Ranked in Chambers USA, 2010 - 2018
    • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Cedar Rapids
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® list, 1995 - 2019
    • Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Intellectual Property, and Litigation - Securities, Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Listed as one of the Top Ten Super Lawyers for the State of Iowa
    • 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Included in Great Plains Super Lawyers list, 2007, 2009 - 2018
  • Ranked as Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2008 - 2018


  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Member, Litigation Section 
    • Member, Trade Regulation Section (Chairman, 1987-1990)
    • Federal Practice Committee, 1979, 1991-1994
    • Member, Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure
    • Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation
  • Linn County Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Advocate
  • American Law Institute
    • Advisor, Restatement (Third) of Torts, Apportionment of Liability Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • American Arbitration Association
    • Arbitrator, 1975 - Present
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association