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Daniel J. Rothman has been practicing criminal law since his admission to the bar in 2002. He is a former prosecutor of 7 years having worked in the Story County Attorneys’ office and as the senior member of the OWI Division of the Polk County Attorney’s Office until March of 2009. During his time as an OWI prosecutor, Mr. Rothman was an instructor for the Prosecutors Training Council’s Annual Officer’s training school on OWI law and a presenter for the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force annual training regarding OWI law. He also is a graduate of the Trial Advocacy program at the National District Attorney’s Association’s National Advocacy Center at the University of South Carolina. He currently practices law in Iowa District and Appellate Courts statewide as well as the Federal Courts of the Southern District of Iowa. Mr. Rothman represents clients against OWI charges in Des Moines as well as throughout Iowa. He received his law Degree and his Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric from Drake University.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    13 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    13 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Nicholas Arthur Sarcone

    Dan is an excellent DUI/OWI attorney and criminal defense lawyer. Dan is sharp, knows the law and has great trial skills. If I received an OWI I would not hesitate to hire Dan. Trust Dan to handle your case.


    Nicholas Sarcone Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Julia Alexandra Ofenbakh

    Dan is an experienced and well-respected attorney in the area of criminal law. "Switching sides" from a prosecutor to a defense attorney put him in a unique position of intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of the criminal system, thereby benefiting his clients with the best outcome possible.


    Julia Ofenbakh Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Mcenroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman P.C.

1701 48th St Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA, 50266-6723


IAAuthorized to practice law200210/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dedicated Service AwardC.A.S.A. of Story County2007
Defeated Harvard Law SchoolAmerican Trial Lawyers Association Tournament Winner2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman2009 - Present
Senior OWI division attorneyPolk County Iowa Attorney's Office2007 - 2009
OWI AttorneyStory County Iowa Attorney2002 - 2007
Assistant Attorney GeneralStory County2002 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
NORMLMember2015 - Present
Polk County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Iowa vs Walker 804 N.W.2d 284 (Iowa 2011)Supreme Court ruled in our favor
State V ScanlonCourt of appeals ruled in our favor
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Drake UniversityRhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Officer's Training SchoolOWI Law2008
Annual Training on OWI LawOWI Law2007