James A. Nepple is the managing partner of Nepple Law, PLC, with offices in Muscatine and Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois. His primary areas of practice are taxation, estate planning, trust administration, probate matters, retirement plans, business entities, and non-profit organizations.
He received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University in 1967, his law degree (with distinction) from the University of Iowa in 1970, and his Master of Laws in Taxation degree from New York University in 1982. He is admitted to practice the Iowa and Illinois and is a member of the American, Iowa, Illinois, Rock Island County, Scott County and Muscatine County Bar Associations. He is an "A" rated lawyer in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is included in "Best Lawyers in America" under Tax Law and Employee Benefits Law and in "Leading Illinois Attorneys" under Trusts & Estate Planning Law, Tax Law, and Small Business Law, and Illinois Super Lawyers. Jim was recently named by Super Lawyers as one of the top 60 Illinois tax attorneys for 2013, and is one of three attorneys outside of Chicago to achieve this distinction. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and serves on its employee benefits in estate planning committee and on its business planning committee, a Fellow of the Iowa State Bar Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Nepple is an author and frequent speaker on taxation, estate planning, business entities, and retirement plans for the Tax Section and Real Property and Probate & Trust Section of the American Bar Association, American Agricultural Law Association, Law Education Institute, Illinois Bar Association, and Iowa Bar Association. He is Past Chair of the American Bar Association's Business Cooperatives and Agricultural Tax Committee of the Tax Section, and a member of the Estate and Gift Committee of the Tax Section. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Real Property Probate and Trust Section and the Business Law Section. He is the Past Chair of the Illinois Bar Association's Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council and Past Chair of the Federal Taxation Section Council, Past Chair of the Taxation Section of the Iowa State Bar Association, Past President of Quad City Estate Planning Council, and Past Chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry's Tax Committee. Prior experience includes a tax accountant position with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young in Chicago, Illinois.
Currently he is active in Junior Achievement where he has received both the Bronze and Silver National Leadership Awards. He is also an Illowa Council board member for Boy Scouts of America. He is Past President of his local chamber of commerce, country club, Kiwanis club, and the Iowa Historical Foundation. He was a trustee of the State Historical Society for eight years during the construction and raising of funds for the new Iowa Historical Museum and has received two Iowa Governor's Volunteer awards, one for Economic Development and one for Cultural Affairs. He and his wife Jeannine enjoy riding their bicycles, especially the RAGBRAI ride, and ballroom dancing.
Nepple Law, PLC is a regional law firm of five tax attorneys providing high quality professional services for over 40 years in the business, estate, and tax planning areas for individuals, professionals, and owner-managed businesses. Nepple Law does this competently, ethically, and in a timely manner that provides cost effective services to our clients and challenging work which yields a fair return for our members.