Alan I. Widiss

Alan I. Widiss


Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Alan Widiss held degrees from University of Southern California and Harvard University.  In 1965, he joined the faculty at University of Iowa College of Law, where he spent his entire career.  He was one of the foremost experts on insurance law.  He died in 2001.



Alan I. Widiss & Jeffrey E. Thomas, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance (LexisNexis 2005)
Alan I. Widiss, with Steve Burton, Haggadah for Pesah: Dedicated to Those Who Have Contributed to Freedom and Equality (Iowa City 1992)
Alan I. Widiss, Insurance: Materials on Fundamental Principles, Legal Doctrines, and Regulatory Acts (West 1989)
Alan I. Widiss, with Robert E. Keeton, Course Supplement for Keeton and Widiss Insurance Law: Fundamental Principles, Legal Doctrines, and Commercial Practices (West 1988)
Robert E. Keeton & Alan I. Widiss, Insurance Law: A Guide to Fundamental Principles, Legal Doctrines, and Commercial Practices (West 1988)
Alan I. Widiss, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage (Anderson 1985)
Alan I. Widiss, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorise Insurance (Anderson Pub. Co. 1985)
Alan I. Widiss, Contracts: Problems, Judicial Decisions, Legislation, and Commentaries on the Law Governing Commercial Transactions and Other Agreements (The University of Iowa 1984)
Alan I. Widiss, A Guide to Uninsured Motorist Coverage: 1980 Supplement (Anderson 1980)
Alan I. Widiss, ed., Arbitration: Commercial Disputes, Insurance, and Tort Claims (Practising Law Institute 1979)
Alan I. Widiss, et al., No-Fault Insurance in Action: The Experiences in Massachusetts, Florida, Delaware, and Michigan (Oceana Publications 1977)
Alan I. Widiss, Materials on the Techniques and Processes for the Resolution of Disputes (1971)
Alan I. Widiss, Materials on the Technique and Processes for the Resolution of Conflict, Part I, Chapters 1-6 (1970)
Alan I. Widiss, A Guide to Uninsured Motorist Coverage (W.H. Anderson Co. 1969)


Alan I. Widiss, "Bad Faith in Fact and Fiction: Ruminations on John Grisham’s Tale about Insurance Coverages, Punitive Damages, and the Great Benefit Life Insurance Company," 26 U. Mem. L. Rev. 1377 (1996)
Alan I. Widiss, "Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage for Amounts Awarded as Punitive Damages in a Suit against the Tortfeasor: Delving into the Dilemma Created by Diverging Public Policies and Private Interests," 43 Drake L. Rev. 779 (1995)
Alan I. Widiss, "Obligating Insurers to Inform Insureds about the Existence of Rights and Duties Regarding Coverage for Losses," 1 Conn. Ins. L.J. 67 (1995)
Alan I. Widiss, "Liability Insurance Coverage for Punitive Damages: Discerning Answers to the Conundrum Created by Disputes Involving Conflicting Public Policies, Pragmatic Considerations and Political Actions," 39 Vill. L. Rev. 455 (1994)
Alan I. Widiss, "To Insure or Not to Insure Persons Infected with the Virus that Causes AIDS," 77 Iowa L. Rev. 1617 (1992)
Alan I. Widiss & Larry Gostin, "What’s Wrong with the ERISA Vacuum: The Case against Unrestricted Freedom for Employers to Terminate Employee Health Care Plans and to Decide What Coverage Is to Be Provided When Risk Retention Plans are Established for Healthcare," 41 Drake L. Rev. 635 (1992)
Alan I. Widiss, "Life Insurance Applications and Interim Coverage Disputes: Revisiting Controversies about Conditional Binding Receipts," 75 Iowa L. Rev. 1097 (1990)
Alan I. Widiss, "Abrogating the Right and Duty of Liability Insurers to Defend Their Insureds: The Case for Separating the Obligation to Indemnify from the Defense of Insureds," 51 Ohio St. L.J. 917 (1990)
Alan I. Widiss, "Judicial Enforcement and Review of Arbitration Awards," 14 Brief 37 (1985)
Alan I. Widiss, "Aggregating Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Judicial Construction of Pyramids to Provide Indemnification," 15 Conn. L. Rev. 565 (1983)
Alan I. Widiss, "Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Observations on Litigating over When a Claimant is Legally Entitled to Recover," 68 Iowa L. Rev. 397 (1983)
Alan I. Widiss, "Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards: Fact or Fantasy?," 11 Brief 27 (1982)
Alan I. Widiss, "The Enforceability of Arbitration Terms in Uninsured Motorist Coverages and Other Form Contracts," 66 Iowa L. Rev. 241 (1981)
Alan I. Widiss, "Massachusetts No-Fault Automobile Insurance: Its Impact on the Legal Profession," 56 B.U. L. Rev. 323 (1976)
Alan I. Widiss, "No-Fault Insurance: The Impact on Lawyers in Massachusetts," 2 Litigation 10 (1976)
Alan I. Widiss, "The Developing Law of Uninsured Motorist Arbitration," 10 Forum 812 (1975)
Alan I. Widiss, "Accident Victims Under No-Fault Automobile Insurance: A Massachusetts Survey," 61 Iowa L. Rev. 1 (1975)
Alan I. Widiss & Randall R. Bovbjerg, "No Fault in Massachusetts: Its Impact on Courts and Lawyers," 59 A.B.A. J. 487 (1973)
Alan I Widiss, "Uninsured Motorist Coverage," 41 J. Kan. B. Ass'n 19 (1972)
Alan I. Widiss, "Perspectives on Uninsured Motorist Coverage," 62 Nw. U. L. Rev. 497 (1967)
Dan Kaufmann & Alan I. Widiss, "California Conflict of Interest Laws," 36 S. Cal. L. Rev. 186 (1963)
Alan I. Widiss, "Application of the Home Port Doctrine and the Due Process Clause to State Taxation of Aircraft," 35 S. Cal. L. Rev. 316 (1962)