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Andrew B. Howie

Family Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

4.9   16 reviews

Licensed for 26 years

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    23%
    In addition to my trial experience, I wrote the "Family Law Manual" published by the Iowa State Bar Association.

    26 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Family
    23%

    26 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Appeals
    22%
    I have appeared in front of the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in hundreds of cases.

    26 years, 500 cases

  4. Litigation
    22%

    26 years, 2,000 cases

  5. Personal injury
    10%

    26 years, 250 cases

Andrew B. Howie is a shareholder with the firm of Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese P.C. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, in 1993, and his J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa in 1996. He is licensed to practice in Iowa (1996), the Northern and Southern Districts of the U.S. District Court of Iowa (1996), Eighth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals (1996), and the U.S. Supreme Court (1999). After graduating from law school in 1996, he served as a clerk for the Iowa District Court in Burlington for a year. Mr. Howie has practiced in Polk County since 1997.

 

He primarily practices in appellate law, having appeared in over 160 rulings from Federal and Iowa’s appellate courts, and hundreds of family law cases in trial court. He has been a member of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Family and Juvenile Law Section since 2002, having served as its Chair (2009–10), Vice-chair (2008–09), and chair of its Forms and Practice subcommittee (2004–08, 2010–present). He been a member of Iowa State Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee since 2004 and served as its Chair from 2012 to 2013.

 

He authored the Iowa State Bar Association’s “Family Law Manual”, published in 2008 and 2012, which is primary tool for judges and attorneys throughout Iowa.

Licensed for 26 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 09/14/2022

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

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kyra | December 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not all rainbows and butterflied
Howie was my attorney for appealing custody. He was never over optimistic or confident, and the motions he filed on my behalf were short and did not include many details and arguments I provided him. However, they included everything necessary from a legal standpoint, which is most important at the appellate level. He communicated promptly with me every time I expressed concern, and most importantly, he won me custody of my daughter.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney - Highly Recommend
Andrew was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in my divorce case. He gave me valuable legal advice and was always willing to help where he could. He put in long hours with me to go over case material in preparation for trial. He also truly had the best interest of my children in mind when going through a pretty rough divorce. I still run questions through him today (5 years after the divorce) and he responds quickly and takes a consultative approach in his responses by giving me options with a little advice as well. I highly recommend Andrew for any family or appeals cases.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2022
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A lawyer that cares as well as gets things done.
Andrew successfully handled my appeals case. Very professional and worked in a timely manner. There's a reason Andrew is known as the Best!
Posted by Laura | March 31, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!
Andrew and his team were truly the best! I couldn’t have asked for any better representation. They made the entire process so easy for me! They helped me every single step of the way. I will always have complete trust in them. I honestly can’t thank them enough for supporting me. Not just in my case, but also personally. They were so understanding and answered every single question I had! I am so thankful!
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Posted by Michael | February 22, 2022
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Divorce Settlement
Andrew and his team were very professional and extremely caring. They walked me through the process in detail and truly cared about my situation. Overall, I had a fantastic experience and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Posted by Shelly | January 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Knowledgeable, Advocate
We are so lucky to have Andrew Howie as our attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of Family law. Andrew is a very no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is, type of attorney, which was greatly appreciated. Because of his experience, he is able to balance what can be done with what should be done, and even with what will most likely be done. We never felt as though he was suggesting things just to bill more hours -- he didn’t waste our time. He helped us to see past our emotions at a very emotional time and reminded us of the ‘big picture’ and future VS merely the current state of affairs. His demeanor is very relaxed and ‘real’, nothing surprises him or catches him off guard. We highly recommend Andrew Howie!
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very pleased.
I've hired Mr. Howie to help me defend against an appeal case and have been very impressed with his knowledge and attention to all the many details. He has kept me updated as the case proceeds and is available to address any of my questions. Mr. Howie has proven his excellent reputation. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Jason | January 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Uncomplicated custody
Hiring Andrew for my custody case was the best thing I could have done. He came highly recommended already and now I know why. My case wasn't ugly or complicated but my daughter is the most important person in my life so I was very distraught. His guidance and direction allowed me to see the whole picture and understand my rights and continue to do what was best for my daughter. His assistance in negotiations and complete understanding of the law was priceless.
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Posted by David | June 16, 2016
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Helpful, responsive and outstanding
Needing representation, a friend recommended Mr. Howie to me. Divorce and child visitation cases are the kind of process that is scary. I have needed his services twice, once for the former and once for the latter. He and his assistant always provided very clear and timely answers to my questions about the cases and my concerns. Mr. Howie's competence always put me at ease and made me feel confident that whatever visitation schedule we ended up with it was going to be fair to me and my daughter and her mother. When I needed someone to fight for me, he was who I turned to -- and while I hope I won't need his services again, I wouldn't hesitate to contact him again or recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2016
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Excellent
Andrew is an excellent attorney. He clearly laid out my case for me. He let me know everything that could happen. He prepared me for trial and let me know that he was confident in what we had. He was able to reassure me and keep me calm. I am very grateful for everything he has done for me and my family.
Posted by Ben | October 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recomend
Andrew consistently gives great advice to each situation I've encountered with him. It may not always be the advice I want to hear, but he takes an objective approach with my and my situations best interest in mind to ensure the best possible outcome for me. He is responsive to my needs without wasting my time, providing relevant updates when appropriate and not simply spending time with me for the sake of doing so. I've leveraged Andrew's expertise and services for numerous reasons int he past and will continue to do so if the need arises. I highly recommend Andrew to anyone who could use him.
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Posted by Stephanie | October 26, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Very happy with this attorney
Andrew did not make me feel like he was in a rush to get through with our meeting, but took the time to answer all of my questions in a way that I was able to understand. He helped me determine the best way to proceed with my case in a way that I was comfortable with. He had resources and referrals when I needed them. His assistant was also very helpful. I was very pleased with his services and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by RCIowa | October 29, 2014
High Profile Custody Case
It is with great pleasure that I am posting a review of Andrew Howie's performance as our Appellate Court Attorney. I chose Andrew to represent us in a Custody Case after having lost my youngest children to my ex-spouse. The battle was long, drawn out and bitter. All the while, Andrew was upbeat, confidant, reassuring, professional, competent, personable and fearless. Most importantly, Andrew cared about us and our situation. He guided and directed me through months of turbulence and turmoil until receiving the jubilant news of our victory. Andrew is an incredible attorney who truly has the best interest of his clients in mind. G-d bless Andrew and I wish him continued success in everything he does.
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Posted by Angela | March 12, 2014
Assistance with Family Law issue
Andrew was very thorough in assisting me in an issue involving my dad. He is very knowledgeable and forth right in resolving issues. I would use his services in the future if needed.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
Andrew has been my lawyer for the past several years and this past year I went through a custody battle due to relocation. I am so grateful I had him on my side. He is very knowledgeable and always steered me in the right direction. I felt like he told me the truth and not just what I wanted to hear. He proved to be an excellent trial lawyer. I would recommend Andrew to anybody!
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Posted by Ryan | February 26, 2014
Great Family Law Lawyer
I found Andrew to be extremely knowledgeable and courteous throughout the entire process. While my case may not have been as "high profile" as others Andrew works on, I felt he treated me the exact same and gave me the proper amount of attention necessary. His assistant was very professional and timely as well. Andrew explained the process and options available to me along the way and provided me with potential end results. As a result, my case was able to settle without going to court. I would highly recommend Andrew to others in need of professional legal assistance.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shindler, Anderson, Goplerud & Weese, P.C.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Iowa Judicial District 8 (B)
  • 1996 - 1997

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Wartburg College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Iowa State Bar Association publication
  • Family Law Manual
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Seminar
  • Alimony in Iowa
  • 2014
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Appellate Advocacy: How to Win on Appeal
  • 2013
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Appeals, Bonds, & Stays (Oh My!)
  • 2013
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Appellate Advocacy: Standards and Secrets
  • 2012
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Value of Professional Practices and/or Ongoing Concerns
  • 2011
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Actions in Contempt
  • 2010
  • Fall General Practice CLE
  • Grandparent’s Rights
  • 2009
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Considering the Child’s Preference in Custody Cases
  • 2008
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Child Support Modification
  • 2008
  • Institute for Paralegal Education
  • Document Gathering, Production, and Management for Litigation Paralegals in Iowa
  • 2002
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Domestic Law in Iowa
  • 2001
  • Rapid Fire! Seminar
  • You Cannot Always Lead During Cross-examination
  • 2000
  • Family Law Seminar
  • Antenuptial Agreements
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
Appeals Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is experienced and knowledgeable in family law matters. He is an exceptionally effective appellate attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Andrew is a fierce advocate for his clients. He is a pleasure to work with and never compromises his integrity while zealously advocating on behalf of his clients."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Howie for several years. As a former co-worker I feel very confident recommending Andrew to anyone in need of an attorney for a family law related matter such as divorce/child custody or appellate case. Andrew can handle just about any type of case, no matter how complicated, and helps his clients get the best possible result. He's always been a leader in the areas of law he practices and is very dedicated to his clients."
Divorce and separation
Estate planning
Bankruptcy and debt