EstablishmentEstablished in 1977 as Allen, Babich and Bennett P.C., this firm merged in 2000 with David H. Goldman P.C. We are now known as Babich Goldman, P.C. Les Babich, one of the firm’s founding members, was, and continues to be, an advocate for clients facing any number of domestic disputes, including divorce, adoption and division of assets, among others. Gordon Allen, Mark Bennett and David Goldman represented clients in cases involving employment discrimination and civil rights.
Notable AlumniFounder Mark W. Bennett has spoken at more than 170 seminars across the country for the bench and the bar on federal litigation, civil rights, employment law, professionalism and courtroom technology. He is currently a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Iowa and an adjunct faculty member at the Drake University Law School. He previously served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa.
Gordon Allen worked for Allen, Babich, Bennett and Nickerson for ten years while holding the position of Legal Director of the Iowa affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. He worked as a special assistant for the State of Iowa in the Attorney General’s Office before being appointed Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation in 1987. In that position, he monitored all major litigation, served as a liaison for other states’ Attorneys General and was responsible for all United States Supreme Court Litigation. In 2005, Allen retired and now serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Drake University Law School.
Don C. Nickerson was engaged in private practice and worked as an Associate U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa before joining Allen, Babich and Bennett, which subsequently became Babich, Bennett and Nickerson. Nickerson was appointed as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President Bill Clinton in December of 1993. There he worked to establish the first national inter-district branch office in conjunction with the Central District of Illinois. He also served as a member of the United States Attorney General’s Advisory Committee in 1996 and 1997, advising then United States Attorney General Janet Reno. He left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2001 to work as the Associate General Counsel and Privacy Officer for Wellmark Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota. In 2003, Nickerson was appointed to the Iowa District Court bench by Governor Thomas Vilsack as a judge of the Iowa District Court, Fifth Judicial District.