Tim Bottaro

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Sioux City, IA

Phone: 712-252-3226
Fax: 712-252-4873
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Tim Bottaro is a partner at Vriezelaar, Tigges, Edgington, Bottaro, Boden & Lessmann, L.L.P. in Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Bottaro handles all types of personal injury cases and serves clients throughout the Sioux City area. He is committed to providing dedicated and personal representation to his clients and has over 35 years of legal experience.

Mr. Bottaro has helped many Iowa individuals and families recover compensation after an injury caused by the negligence of another party. He has experience with cases involving animal bites, automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, construction accidents, dram shop laws, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, and trucking accidents.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Bottaro is active in the Iowa Association for Justice, previously serving as president and in all four other officer positions. The organization has presented him with various awards for his service and contributions over the years. Additionally, he is a member of the Woodbury County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Bottaro enjoys volunteer work and belongs to the Iowa Legal Aid local advisory council. He previously served on an Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee and the Iowa Civil Justice Reform Task Force. He sits on the boards of various community groups and organizations.

Mr. Bottaro earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University and went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Iowa state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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About Tim Bottaro

Admitted: 1983, Iowa

Professional Webpage: https://1800iamhurtlaw.com/


  • Sioux City Public Museum Tom Peterson Award, 2002
  • Sioux City Public Library Pearl Award, 1998
  • Service Award as President and Board Member of Bishop Heelan Catholic School System, 2009
  • "In recognition of your sterling service as Legislative Committee Chair during a daunting legislative session.", 2010 IAJ Key Person Award, Iowa Association for Justice, 2010
  • "In recognition of your persistent and persuasive advocacy as a member of the Advisory Committee concerning certain Civil Justice Reform Task Force recommendations. IAJ members are greatful for your artful and effective efforts to ensure that more claimants will be able to pursue justice in Iowa courts.", Verne Lawyer Outstanding Member Award, Iowa Association for Justice, 2013
  • The first year the Iowa State Bar Association created this award in "...Recognition of Outstanding Service to Your Community", I was honored to be a recipient, Community Service Award, Iowa State Bar Association, 2000

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Woodbury County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Third Judicial District Nominating Commission
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Iowa Chapter, President, 2021
  • Iowa Association for Justice f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee Chair, 2006 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Parliamentarian, 2013
  • Iowa Association for Justice f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, V.P. for Membership Services, 2014
  • Iowa Association for Justice f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 1stP., 2015
  • Iowa Association for Justice f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, President-Elect, 2016
  • Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Iowa Association for Justice f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 1983
  • President, Iowa Association for Justice, f/k/a Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Iowa, 1983
  • United States Federal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1984
  • Former Chair, Woodbury County Magistrate Nominating Commission 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • IAJ Foundation for Justice, Past Member
  • Iowa Legal Aid Local Advisory Council, Member
  • Sioux City Community Theatre Board of Directors, past Member
  • Sioux City Public Library Foundation, Vice President
  • Sioux City International Film Festival, past President and Founding Member
  • Holy Spirit Retirement Center Board, Past Vice President, and Member
  • Sioux City Museum and Historical Association, Past Member
  • Sioux City Events Facilities and Tourism Advisory Board, Member
  • Present: KWIT-KOJI Public Radio Board Member; Woodbury County Democratic Party Executive Committee; President, Siouxland Institute of Film; Holy Spirit Retirement Home Board Member; Calvary Cemetery Board Member; Sioux City Public Library Foundation Past: President, Sioux City Public Library Board of Trustees; Sioux City Public Museum Association Board Member; Chair, Woodbury County Democratic Party (3 times); Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee; President, Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools Board Member; Siouxland Red Cross Board Member; Catholic Charities Board Member


  • $2,000,000.00 settlement against Woodbury County, Iowa. The case involved a young man riding his motorcycle upon a County highway when he came upon a large amount of gravel on the road allegedly spilled by County trucks from nearby County gravel stockpiles or dragged onto the highway by County trucks. The plaintiff suffered a brain injury and is a paraplegic. 


  • $2,100,000.00 settlement with 3 entities over a head-on collision between two semis. Our client received extensive burn injuries when his cab started on fire after the crash and for other, much less serious injuries.

Educational Background:

  • Creighton University, B.A., 1981

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • Iowa Association For Justice
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Office Location for Tim Bottaro

613 Pierce St
Sioux City, IA 51101

Phone: 712-252-3226

Fax: 712-252-4873

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Last Updated: 4/14/2021

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