William C. Scales, Jr. Associate



William is an associate in GSRM Law’s Litigation section. William’s practice focuses on commercial contract disputes, business litigation, and non-compete litigation.

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Before joining GSRM Law, William was an attorney at a firm in Nashville and a firm in Des Moines, Iowa, where his practice focused on representing businesses and lending institutions in various aspects of commercial litigation in State and Federal Courts in Iowa. He has successfully tried several cases to juries and to the bench in both State and Federal court.

William graduated from Drake University Law School in 2011. During law school, he interned with Federal Bankruptcy Judge Anita Shodeen, District Associate Judge Odell McGhee, competed on Drake University’s National Mock Trial team for two years, and was a Finalist in Drake University’s First Year Oral Argument Competition. Prior to attending law school, William served as an Officer in the United States Army, where he trained and led soldiers to successfully employ the Patriot Missile System and later served as his Battalion’s S-2 Security Officer.

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Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Drake University Law School Board of Counselors
  • Phoenix Club of Nashville
  • Young Leaders Council
    • Class 71, 2018
  • Blackstone Inn of Court
    • Member, 2010-2017
  • Iowa Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2013-2015
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors, 2015-2016
  • Family Promise of Greater Des Moines
    • Board of Directors, 2014-2016
    • Board President, 2016
  • Des Moines Public Library Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2013-2014
    • Special Events Chair, 2014
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Youth Leadership Initiative
    • Mentor, 2013-2015

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Law – Management,  and Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2021
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, 2018-2019
  • Named a Great Plains Rising Star by Great Plains Super Lawyers magazine, 2015-2017
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, 2018-2019
  • Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40, Class of 2017
  • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Associate Fellow