Michael Giudicessi counsels businesses and represents them in court on employment and commercial issues.

Employment Litigation

Michael defends clients against discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, contract, wage and hour, and other employment claims. He also advises executives, directors and officers on corporate, transactional and employer compliance issues.

Media Law/First Amendment

Additionally, for 35 years, Michael has handled content and communications issues. His experience extends to pre-publication review and counseling, libel and privacy defense, and freedom of information and access litigation.

In-House Experience

Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Michael held legal positions at several Iowa-based corporations, including serving as general counsel of Palmer Communications.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa


Iowa Court of Appeals, Hon. Leo E. Oxberger, 1979-1980


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with distinction (1979)

University of Missouri
B.J. (1976)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • A Theory For Defending Libel Suits In An AI World
    Law360, co-author, November 2018
  • Media Law Resource Center
    Co-author of Iowa law outlines published annually on employment defamation law, employment privacy law, media defamation law and media privacy law

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Science Center of Iowa — Board Member, 2010-present (Chair, 2013-15)
  • Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee — Member, 2016
  • Iowa Supreme Court Working Group on the Restyling of the Rules of Evidence — Member, 2015
  • Southern District of Iowa — Magistrate Merit Selection Panel (Chair), 2014
  • Iowa Freedom of Information Council — Counsel and a Past President


  • National Freedom of Information Coalition — State Open Government Hall of Fame Inductee, 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award — Iowa Newspaper Association, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America — First Amendment Law/Defense, 1995-2019
  • Great Plains/Iowa Super Lawyers — Employment Litigation Defense, First Amendment/Media/Advertising, 2007, 2009, 2011-18 (Top 10 Iowa Lawyers, 2014-15)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Labor & Employment, 2012-18
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