Nathaniel Boulton

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Des Moines, Iowa

Hedberg & Boulton, P.C.
Nathaniel Boulton
Hedberg & Boulton, P.C.

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Iowa since: 2005

Education: Drake University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

Hedberg & Boulton, P.C.

100 Court Ave
Suite 425
Des Moines, IA 50309 Visit website


An established employment law attorney in Iowa, Nathaniel R. Boulton lends his professional services to the people of the state through the firm Hedberg & Boulton, P.C., where he also functions as a partner. He firmly believes in protecting the rights of employees who put great effort and dedication into their jobs and are treated poorly by their employers. Practicing law for the past 18 years, he focuses on fighting for his clients in cases involving workers' compensation, personal injury and labor law.

Licensed to practice law in Iowa, Mr. Boulton represents cases before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa. He graduated his bachelor’s degree cum laude in 2002 from Simpson College, Indianola, majoring in history and political science. Apart from securing his J.D. with a certificate in legislative practice, he also obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University in Des Moines. He was a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy.

Having interned for several legal associations of repute during college, Mr. Boulton has had early exposure to the field of law. He joined Hedberg, Owens, Hedberg & Walsh, P.C., as an associate attorney and made his mark in the firm with his success and professional excellence as an attorney. In addition, he has worked as an adjunct professor at several law schools imparting his knowledge in the field of law to the younger generation.

Mr. Boulton is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and has a top score of 9.5/10 rating on Avvo. Numerous other recognitions and honors add to the list of accomplishments he has conquered. These include the American Bar Association-BNA Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, the Iowa Association for Justice’s Key Person Award and Outstanding Member Award, the Iowa Professional Firefighters’ Legislator of the Year title and the Asian and Latino Coalition of Iowa PAC’s Legislator of the Year Award. He has also received many accolades for his services as a teacher.

An active member of the Iowan legal community, Mr. Boulton maintains his connections and roles of responsibilities at the various prominent and prestigious legal associations, including:

  • Iowa State Bar Association – Member
  • AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance – Coordinating committee member
  • Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers – Member
  • Polk County Bar Association – Member
  • United Steelworkers – Associate Member
  • The Blackstone American Inn of Court – Associate
  • Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group – Member
  • American Federation of Teachers – Member

 *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Employment & Labor: Employee, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Labor Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 30% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2005, Iowa

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • John Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College, Board of Directors, 2010 to 2014
  • American Federation of Teachers, Member, 2015 to Present
  • Drake University President’s Circle Board of Directors, 2013 to 2019
  • Drake University Athletics Bulldog Club, Board of Directors, 2011 to 2017
  • Recipient, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law Outstanding Note Award
  • Recipient, Columbus Community High School Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Recipient, Drake Law School Recent Alumnus of the Year
  • Recipient, Business Record Forty Under Forty
  • Recipient, United Faculty (AAUP) Legislator of the Year
  • Recipient, Iowa Professional Firefighters Legislator of the Year
  • Recipient, Friend of AFSCME Award
  • Recipient, Asian and Latino Coalition Legislator of the Year
  • Outstanding Member Award, Iowa Association for Justice
  • Recipient, William Penn University Faculty Achievement Award
  • Recipient, Iowa Association for Justice Key Person Award
  • Recipient, Simpson College Recent Alumni Loyalty Award
  • Recipient, Simpson College Recent Alumni Achievement Award
  • BNA Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association
  • Recipient, CALI Excellent for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy
Representative Clients:
  • United Steelworkers (USW)
  • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (Boilermakers)
  • United Auto Workers (UAW)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Homan v. Branstad, 812 N.W.2d 623, 2012, Iowa
  • Big Tomato Pizza v. Cloud, 2013 WL 750423 , 2013, Iowa Ct. App.
  • Iowa Newspapers, Inc. v. Watson, 2013 WL 4769526, 2013, Iowa Ct. App.
  • Local 447 of the Intern. Union of Painters and Allied Trades v. Five Seasons Paint and Drywall, Inc., 426 F.Supp.2d 982, 2006, S.D. Iowa
  • The Dexter Company and EMC Insurance Companies v. Steven Connelly, 2008 WL 2200107, 2008, Iowa Court of Appeals
  • Dell v. Hy-Vee, Inc. and Quality 1 Enterprises, Inc., 2009 WL 2528095, 2009, Iowa Ct. App.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The Farmer's Retort to Tort Reform: How Legislation to Limit or Eliminate Punitive Damages Hurts the Agricultural Sector, 9 Drake J. of Agric. L. 415, 2004
  • Marijuana and Workplace Injuries Panel, Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Annual Seminar, 2019
  • Legislative Update, Iowa State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Seminar, 2018
  • Legislative Update, Iowa Association for Justice, Workers’ Compensation Seminar, 2018
  • Ethics: Collegiality Panel, Iowa Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee, Annual Symposium, 2017
  • Workers’ Compensation Law, Polk County Bar Association, Fall General Practice CLE, 2016
  • Expedited Case Proceedings Panel, Polk County Bar Association, Bench and Bar Spring Seminar, 2016
  • Ethics Panel, Iowa State Bar Association, Federal Practice Seminar, 2015
  • Issues involving Labor Unions in Workers' Compensation, Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee Annual Symposium, 06/14/2014 to 06/14/2014
  • Industrial Disability and the Aging Workforce, Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee Annual Symposium, 05/30/2012 to 05/30/2012
  • Civil Procedure, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention - Basic Skills for New Attorneys Program, 11/10/2011 to 11/10/2011
  • Calculating Credits in Workers' Compensation, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Annual Seminar, 10/21/2011 to 10/21/2011
  • Causation Concepts Simplified: "Substantial," "Sequelae," "Aggravation," and "Increased Risk", Iowa Association for Justice Workers' Compensation Seminar, 02/10/2011 to 02/11/2011
  • Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention, 11/04/2010 to 11/05/2010
  • Agency Case Law Update, Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Lawyers, Inc. Annual Seminar, 10/21/2010 to 10/22/2010
  • Workers' Compensation, Iowa State Bar Association, 06/09/2010 to 06/09/2010
  • Penalties in Workers' Compensation: The Practical Implications of the New Penalty Statute, Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee Annual Symposium, 06/03/2010 to 06/03/2010
  • Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, Iowa Association for Justice Workers' Compensation Seminar, 02/12/2010 to 02/12/2010
  • Workers' Compensation Update, Iowa Association for Justice Annual Convention, 11/05/2009 to 11/05/2009
  • Agency Case Law Update, Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Annual Seminar, 10/16/2008 to 10/16/2008
  • Workers' Compensation 101, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (Western Iowa Seminar), 09/13/2007 to 09/13/2007
  • Panel Discussion for New Attorneys, Iowa State Bar Association, 10/04/2006 to 10/04/2006
  • Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association (Eastern Iowa Seminar), 09/07/2006 to 09/07/2006
  • Workers' Compensation Discovery: Drafting/Answering Written Discovery and Handling Disputes (Claimant Attorney's Perspective), Iowa State Bar Association, 04/28/2006 to 04/28/2006
  • Iowa Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 02/16/2006 to 02/17/2006
  • Establishing Causation in Iowa Workers' Compensation Law: An Analysis of Common Disputes over the Compensability of Certain Injuries, 59 Drake L. Rev. 463, 2011
Educational Background:
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Master of Public Administration - 05/2005
  • Columbus Community High School in Columbus Junction, Iowa
  • Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, B.A. in History and Political Science, Honors: cum laude, 05/2002
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Iowa, 2005
  • Simpson College Alumni Association, President, 2013 to 2015
  • Simpson College Alumni Association, Board of Directors Member, 2008 to 2015
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2005 to Present
  • Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group, Member, 2008 to Present
  • Blackstone Inn of Court, Associate, 2007 to Present
  • Steelworkers (USW), Associate Member, 2003 to Present
  • Polk County Bar Association, Member, 2005 to Present
  • Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Member, 2009 to Present
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, Member, 2008 to Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association: Workers' Compensation Section, Section Council Member, 2007 to 2013
  • Iowa Workers' Compensation Advisory Committee, Board Member, 2009 to 2016
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, 2005 to Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice Workers' Compensation Section, Core Group Member, 2007 to 2016
  • Iowa Association for Justice (formerly the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association), Board of Governors Member, 2005 to 2016
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 2005

Office location for Nathaniel Boulton

100 Court Ave
Suite 425
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 515-288-4148


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