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In Memoriam - Bruce I. Campbell - December 23, 2016

On Wednesday, December 21, Davis Brown Law Firm lost a beloved friend and colleague, Bruce Campbell. Former Senior Shareholder and Board of Directors President, Bruce retired after 43 years of service at Davis Brown earlier this year. 


Bruce was revered in the firm for his sense of humor, calm approach, and leadership during times of change. He was instrumental to the firm during critical periods and his actions significantly enhanced the Davis Brown culture attorneys and staff benefit from today.


Over his career, Bruce assisted innumerable clients in their estate planning needs. He litigated several fiduciary litigation cases and testified as an expert in cases involving estate planning and estate administration malpractice claims. 


Bruce developed a preeminent legal practice by teaching at Drake, participating in numerous statewide CLEs, publishing articles, and participating in community activities.  He assisted clients in establishing several not-for-profit charitable corporations and charitable trusts, including publicly supported charities, supporting organizations and private foundations, and obtaining their U.S. tax exemptions. Bruce was also well known in the disability community for his expertise in the area of special needs trusts.


Bruce’s excellent work on behalf of his clients was recognized by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where he was a fellow; Martindale-Hubbell, where he achieved the AV-Preeminent® rating; Best Lawyers, recognized annually since 1983; Chambers USA; and Great Plains Super Lawyers.


In addition to his work with clients and leadership in the firm, Bruce was active in the community serving on the boards of organizations including the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Upper Iowa University.


Bruce is survived by his wife, Bev Evans, children Anne Campbell (John Schaidler) and son John Campbell (Amelia Piggott), his stepchildren Clarice Grabau (James Grabau) and Joshua Grenier (Rachael Pream Grenier) and four grandchildren, Eve and Joshua Grabau and Nina and Ida Grenier. 


The visitation will be at Dunn’s Funeral Home on Monday, December 26, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines on Tuesday, December 27, at 11:00 a.m.