Adam S. Tarr

Adam S. Tarr


A native of Oskaloosa, Adam S. Tarr practices commercial litigation, including an emphasis in land use, construction and labor and employment law. Mr. Tarr completed his J.D. at the University of Iowa College of Law in 2008 before joining Bradley & Riley, P.C. In 2014, Adam along with Michael Pugh and Jeremy Hagan left Bradly & Riley to form Pugh Hagan Prahm. Adam has regularly represented clients in Iowa state and U.S. federal courts, administrative proceedings before OSHA, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals, and in alternative disputes resolution (ADR).

Adam lives in Iowa City with his wife and two children.



  • Bachelor’s Degree, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Master’s Degree with highest distinction, Washington State University
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Iowa College of Law


  • Bradley & Riley PC, Iowa City, Iowa

Bar Admission

  • Iowa State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa


  • Grant v. UAW Local 838 (John Deere Waterloo Works), Case 18-CB-206327, National Labor Relations Board, 2017. Secured dismissal of discrimination claims before National Labor Relations Board.
  • Saddleclub Homeowners Association v. Ferentz, Case No. LACV077939, Iowa District Court for Johnson County, 2016-present. Represent homeowner’s association in high-profile dispute with recalcitrant neighbor regarding subdivision rights and road maintenance issues.
  • Walbridge Equipment Installation, LLC v. SSAB Iowa, Inc., 2014. (Mediation) Successfully represented Detroit-based, international construction company to resolution of seven-figure industrial baghouse dispute in ADR.
  • Sterner v. A.J. Building Supply et al, EQCV035653, Iowa District Court for Cedar County, 2016. Secured judgment for actual damages plus 10x punitive damages for victims of defective workmanship and fraud in construction project.
  • Leddy et al v. Iowa City Board of Adjustment, S. Ct. No. 14-0781, Iowa Court of Appeals, 2015. Successfully defended appeal of grant special exception for commercial facility in residential zone.
  • Prime Ventures Construction, Inc. v. Select Structural Engineering, LLC et al, EQCV077760, Iowa District Court for Johnson County, 2017. Mediated successful claim for damages due to engineering defect in commercial building.

Involvement and Recognition

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Linn and Johnson County Bar Associations
  • Councilmember, ISBA Construction Law Section Council, 2018-present

Bar Admission

  • Iowa State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • United States Appeals Court (8th Circuit)

Civic and Volunteer Involvement

  • Iowa City Summer of the Arts Board of Directors (past)
  • Iowa Touchdowns for Kids, Stead Iowa Children’s Hospital
  • Friends of Historic Development