Lori Magerko, GuideOne Legal Team
GuideOne Legal
P.O. Box 14503
Des Moines, IA 50306-3503
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Lori E. Cole Magerko, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings recognize lawyers for their legal ability and professional ethical standards.
Senior Staff Litigation Counsel

for Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri

  • B.A., University of Northern Iowa, 1993
  • J.D., Drake University Law School, 1998
  • Joined GuideOne in 2012

Lori E. Cole Magerko has been employed with GuideOne Insurance since 2012 and currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel. Her duties include handling Iowa and Minnesota litigation and preparing coverage opinions. She has tried several jury and bench trials. Prior to joining GuideOne, Lori was a shareholder and AV-rated attorney in a large, Iowa defense firm in Des Moines where she specialized in insurance defense matters including claims premised on insurance agent errors and omissions, personal injury, premises liability, and section 1983 claims.

In 1993, Lori graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Communications and Public Relations. Between college and law school, she enlisted in the Army National Guard as a legal specialist. She also worked as a features editor for the Marshalltown Times Republican before starting law school. Lori received her law degree with honors from Drake University Law School in December 1998 where she was a member of the National Mock Trial team and the Insurance Law Moot Court team.

In 2004, Lori was named one of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40. She is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program and has represented numerous low-income clients through the Polk County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Project.

Lori is admitted to practice in all state courts of Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern District of Iowa, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court.

She and her husband are the proud parents of a daughter.


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