top of page

Jeffrey N. Bump

Jeffrey N. Bump Partner

Background Jeffrey completed his undergraduate degree in 1984 at Iowa State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business and a minor in Economics. While at ISU, Jeffrey served as president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and throughout his undergraduate education he continued to farm and manage the family’s 420 acre row-crop and cow-calf operation in Madison County and kept busy during the summers doing custom baling. After graduation from ISU, he enrolled in Drake University, where in 1988 he received a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Business Administration. While at Drake University, Jeffrey served as Senior Staff Editor of the Drake Law Review, and Editor-in-Chief of the law school’s newspaper, The Gavel. After receiving his law degree from Drake University in 1988, Jeffrey accepted a position as an associate at an 85-lawyer firm in downtown Dallas Texas, relocated to Texas, and was admitted to the Texas Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. His early years were almost exclusively focused on trial work, both jury and bench trials throughout the state of Texas which was invaluable training and experience, as Jeffrey was able to learn courtroom skills from some of the best trial lawyers in Texas. After a few years in Dallas, Jeffrey and his wife Karen returned to their roots in Iowa where Jeffrey joined his brother William’s established general practice law firm with offices in Guthrie and Adair Counties.


As a general practice attorney now for over 3 decades, Jeffrey has developed vast knowledge and experience in many varied and complex areas of law, including trials, appeals, business and corporate law, real estate transactions, wills and trusts, banking law, municipal law, agricultural law, landlord and tenant law, administrative law, and the plethora of other areas called for by the practice. He represents a large spectrum of clients, from large and small businesses, financial institutions, farmers, several cities, and of course individuals. During his career Jeffrey has tried hundreds of cases, both to juries and to the bench, in the state courts of Iowa and Texas. These cases have involved will contests, boundary disputes, mortgage and mechanic’s lien foreclosures, family law cases, administrative appeals, criminal cases, personal injury, defamation cases, construction disputes, and landlord-tenant disputes, to name a few. He has also represented clients on numerous occasions in the appellate courts of Iowa.

Civic Involvement Jeffrey has always felt the need to give back his time to his community and profession. He was a board member of the Guthrie County Conservation Board from 1997 to 2019, serving as Chairman multiple times, and has served as an officer and director of the local economic development board, Panora and Lake Panorama Development, since 1991. He also served as an officer and director of the area’s local resort located at Lake Panorama, Clover Ridge, from 1998 until 2019. He has served as City Attorney for three area towns since the early 1990s. He has served as president of the Guthrie County Bar Association, as a Commissioner on the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Grievance Commission to hear attorney grievance cases, as a Commissioner for the Iowa Supreme Court Fifth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission helping to select candidates for the bench, and has served on the Guthrie County Magistrate Nominating commission since 1996.

Interests An avid outdoorsman, Jeffrey enjoys deer, turkey, and upland bird hunting, freshwater and deep sea fishing, the shooting sports - trap and skeet, and pistol and rifle competitions – and enjoys hunting, improving, and maintaining the recreational hunting ground he and his brother William own in Guthrie County.

Personal Jeffrey was born in 1961 in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1989 he married the former Karen Haahr, and together they have 2 adult daughters and 1 adult son.

Representative Cases:

  • Security State Bank v. Soults Farms, Inc. 683 N.W.2d 126 (Iowa App. 2004)

  • Raccoon Valley State Bank v. Gratias, 728 N.W.2d 224 (Iowa App. 2006)

  • In re Marriage of Ludwig, 730 N.W.2d 209 (Iowa App. 2007)

  • Pender State Bank v. Remington, 777 N.W.2d 128 (Iowa App. 2009)​

  • Brewer v Plagman and Deardorff, 940 N.W. 2d 792 (Iowa App. 2019)

  • State v Farber, 2020 WL 448905 (Iowa App. 2020).

bottom of page