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David J. Bright


David J. Bright


Dave Bright practices in the areas of land use and real estate development; business transactions; franchising and distribution; nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations; estate planning and probate; litigation; and art and museum law. Dave has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s top “AV” Peer Review Rating and is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©.

Dave was recently selected to author the Iowa section of the American Bar Association’s “Franchise Desk Book.” He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and regularly contributes to its section of the American Bar Association’s “Year In Review” publication. Dave is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, local businesses, museums, and continuing education events on topics that include business formation, estate planning, nonprofit and tax-exempt governance, and art and museum law.

Dave is active in the Iowa City community through volunteering and board service. He presently serves on the boards of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Past-President), Iowa Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (President) and YMCA Camp Wapsie (Chair). He has previously served as a board member for the Bur Oak Land Trust, Friends of the Animal Center Foundation, Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation, Legion Arts, University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, and YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area.

Dave lives in Iowa City with his wife Heather, a realtor with Coldwell Banker, and their three children.

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