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About me

I am a general practice attorney born and raised in West Des Moines, Iowa.  I have been married to my wife Deborah since 1997 and have two children.


I take great pride in assisting individuals and families in need of legal representation.  Primarily, I represent persons who have been injured at work or in car accidents.  I also represent persons in family law cases, such as divorce and custody.  I also handle many other aspects of the law, including but not limited to:


Workers Compensation

Personal Injury

Car accidents

Medical Malpractice


Child Custody

Criminal Defense


I have represented over a thousand client matters.  I have had several large verdicts and / or settlements.  I do not enjoy to lose and I strive to have satisfied clients!


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    16 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 30%
    16 years
  3. Personal Injury: 30%
    16 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    16 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Coppola, Mcconville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise, P.C.

2100 Westown Pkwy Ste 210
West Des Moines, IA, 50265-1539

Coppola Law Firm

2100 Westown Parkway, Suite210
West Des Moines, IA, 50265



IAAuthorized to practice law199910/24/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in IA, 2012


    This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Christopher’s comment: “I did not know where my client resided. As a result, we were unable to send my client an invoice. I voluntarily accepted a public reprimand. My fees were deemed earned and reasonable. The client who filed the complaint was facing 9 years in prison. I got her probation. She was rearrested and wanted me to help her for free as she was out of money. Then she filed the complaint. I should have located her and sent an invoice. She had been on the run and ended up in Jail.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AVVO Client Choice AwardAVVO2013
AVVO Top ContributorAVVO2013
Top Lawyers In IowaThe Legal Network2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Oustanding Wrestler Newcomer of the YearDrake University1993
State Champion WrestlerIowa State Wrestling Champion1992
Who's WhoWho's Who1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCoppola Law Firm1999 - Present
AttorneyMediation1999 - Present
PartnerCoppola, Mcconville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise, P.C.1996 - Present
Elder Law Student AttorneyDrake Law School Clinic1997 - 1998
Law ClerkCoppola, Sandre & McConville, P.C.1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember1999 - 2009
Iowa Volunteer Lawyer ProjectPro Bono Lawyer1999 - Present
Iowa Family Law AttorneyMember1999 - Present
Iowa Social Security AttorneyMember1999 - Present
Iowa General Practice Trial AttorneyMember1999 - Present
Iowa Personal Injury AttorneyMemeber1999 - Present
Iowa Criminal Law AttorneyMember1999 - Present
Polk County Bar AassociationMember1999 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityMember1999 - Present
US Northern District Federal Court IowaMember1999 - Present
US Southerm District Federal Court IowaMember1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Divorce alimony issue to Iowa supreme CourtWon
Car Accident Jury VerdictPlaintiff Won
Work CompPlaintiff - Employee -Won
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Publication nameTitleDate
Iowa Court of AppealsIn Re Marriage of Witherly2014
Iowa Court of AppealsIn Re Golly v. Salyers2014
Iowa Court of AppealsIn Re Marriage of Hayes2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolJurisprudence LawJD1998
University of Iowa College of LawHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Dowling Catholic High SchoolN/AHS1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Iowa Court of AppealsIn Re a Marriage of Hayes2012
Drake Law SeminarsWills1998
Drake Law School ClinicElder Law1998
Drake Law ClinicTrial Advocacy1998
Drake LawPOA's and Advanced a Directives in Iowa1998