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Megan Anne Lantz

Megan Anne Lantz

Practice areas:

Immigration, Family, Criminal Defense

About Me

Megan was born and raised in Iowa, specifically the Cedar Rapids area. In 2002, she graduated from The University of Northern Iowa Summa Cum Laude with a major in Organizational Communication and a minor in Spanish. Megan graduated from Drake University Law School in December of 2005 and was licensed by the State of Iowa to practice law in April of 2006. Since then, she has practiced in the areas of family, criminal and immigration law.


During law school, she clerked at a small law firm handling immigration, family, juvenile and criminal law, was involved in Delta Theta Phi and participated in a judicial internship. Having previously worked at the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence-MUNA Legal Clinic for 3 years, Megan’s focus is on assisting victims of domestic violence in immigration and family law matters, including VAWA and U Visa Applications.


Megan has been honored to speak at several events, including “Gimme Shelter” a Continuing Legal Education Program sponsored by the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyer’s Project and the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, where she co-presented “Immigration Issues for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims”.


Megan was also selected to speak at the 2009 Breaking Barriers Conference, sponsored by the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition and the University of Nebraska, presenting on immigration issues for domestic violence/sexual assault victims. Megan routinely provided training on domestic violence in immigrant communities and the U-Visa for law enforcement officers at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.


She has also donated her time to provide legal assistance to Spanish-speaking Iowans at The HOLA Clinic and to present on immigration remedies for domestic violence victims at Children and Families of Iowa. Most recently, Megan presented for juvenile court officers around the State of Iowa on legal and social issues facing juvenile immigrants.


For several years, Megan mentored students at the University Of Iowa College Of Law on VAWA and U Visa Applications as part of their clinical program. Megan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Hardin County Bar Association and is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, singing, traveling and reading.

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Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Immigration: 90%
    9 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 5%
    9 years
  3. Family: 5%
    9 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Rachel Renae Craig

    Attorney Lantz has an expansive knowledge of the law and an impressive enthusiasm for her cases. Anyone would be lucky to have her as their counsel. I highly endorse this attorney.

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    Rachel Craig Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ligia M Melendez Parmenter

    Megan Anne Lantz is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show her commitment to serving clients very, very well. She is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly.

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    Ligia Parmenter General Practice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Barten Law Office, P.C.

701 East Court Avenue, Suite A
Des Moines, IA, 50309

Barten Law Office, P.C.

1212 McCormick Avenue, Suite 100
Ames, IA, 50010

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
IAAuthorized to practice law200608/22/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2015 Great Plains Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2015
2014 Avvo Client's Choice Award in Immigration LawAvvo.com2014
Nominated for AILA Mentor ProgramAmerican Immigration Lawyer's Association2014
"10 Best" Attorney in Iowa for Client Satisfaction in Family LawAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2014
"10 Best" Attorney in Client Satisfication in Iowa, Criminal LawAmerican Institute of Criminal Lawyers2014

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateBarten Law Office, P.C.2012 - Present
Senior AssociateThe Bernard Firm P.L.C.2010 - 2012
Bilingual Staff AttorneyMUNA Legal Clinic of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence2007 - 2010
Attorney SupervisorUniversity of Iowa College of Law-Citizen Lawyer Program2007 - 2010
AssociateLaw Offices of Ta-Yu Yang2006 - 2007
Law Library AssistantDrake University Law School2004 - 2005
Judicial InternPolk County Court2004 - 2004
Law ClerkLaw Offices of Ta-Yu Yang2004 - 2006
Participant in First-Year Trial PracticumDrake University Law School2003 - 2003
Bilingual Loan CounselorGMAC Mortgage2002 - 2003
InternKUNI Public Rado2001 - 2001
Bilingual Customer ServiceAlliance Claims Solutions2000 - 2002

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationIowa/Nebraska Chapter Secretary2015 - 2016
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAILA Mentor-VAWA, T & U Visas2014 - Present
AILA Iowa/Nebraska ChapterSecretary2014 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Hardin County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Affirmative AsylumGranted
Complex U Visa case involving waiver for multiple inadmissibilitiesGranted
I-360 VAWA Petition involving psychological abuse/common-law marriage in IowaGranted

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolN/AJuris Doctorate2005
University of Northern IowaOrganizational CommunicationBachelor of Arts2002

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Iowa/Nebraska Fall Aila ConferenceAdvanced Issues in Consular Processing2014
New Juvenile Court Officer SchoolImmigration and Impact on Juveniles2013
Latino Support GroupImmigration Remedies for Domestic Violence Victims2012
Juvenile Court Office TrainingLegal and Social Issues Facing Juvenile Immigrants2012
Officer TrainingThe U Visa2010
Officer TrainingThe U Visa2009
Breaking Barriers ConferenceImmigration Issues for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Victims2009
Officer TrainingThe U Visa2008
Gimme ShelterImmigration Issues for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims2008
Officer TrainingThe U Visa2007