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Christopher B. Coppola has been practicing since 1998. Chris has lived and worked in West Des Moines all of his life. He is a member and/or practices in the Iowa Bar Association; Iowa Supreme Court; Iowa Court of Appeals; the Northern and Southern United States District Federal Courts. Chris practices law throughout the State of Iowa and has litigated cases in the Miami, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada and other Midwestern states. Chris has had large jury and non-jury monetary verdicts and settlements for injured clients totaling millions of dollars since he began his practice. 

Chris practices in several areas, including, but not limited to:
Personal Injury 
Workers Compensation 
General Trial Disputes 
Family Law, Divorce and Custody 
Criminal and OWI/DUI 
Contracts and Business 
Social Security 
Traffic Citations and DOT Matters 
General Litigation 
Car / Automobile Accidents 
Motorcycle Accidents 


In addition to his law practice, Chris and his family are involved in church, youth activities, and school activities for his children. Chris has an large extended family that mostly live in the Des Moines area. Chris partakes in golf, recreational softball, exercise, snowmobiling, fishing and most activities that involve being outdoors. 


Chris was born and has resided in West Des Moines all of his life. He attended Waukee Schools and Dowling Catholic High School. After graduating from Dowling, Chris attended and graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. From there, Chris attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence. At Drake, he participated in the Drake Legal Clinic and was an integral part of the Elder Law Program, providing legal services throughout the State of Iowa to elderly Iowans. Upon passing Iowa Bar Exam, Chris became licensed to practice law in the State of Iowa. 


Many members of Chris' family are lawyers, including, his father, Charles A. Coppola, his uncles, Frank Coppola, James Langeness, his brother-in-law, Matthew Kern, his cousins, Ed Coppola, Art Coppola, Carol Coppola, and Joe Coppola. He chose to enter the profession to join his father, Charles A. Coppola, who is also a partner with this firm. Chris married his wife Deborah in 1997 and they have two children: son Anthony, born in 2000 and daughter, Calliope, born in 2003. They live in West Des Moines, Iowa. In 2010 Chris was inducted into the Dowling Catholic High School Atheltic Hall of Fame for my achievements in athletics, academics, and overall achievement in various aspects in my personal and professional life.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
    17 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 35%
    17 years
  3. Personal Injury: 30%
    17 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




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
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top Lawyers In IowaThe Legal Network2013
AVVO Top ContributorAVVO2013
AVVO Client Choice AwardAVVO2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2010
Oustanding Wrestler Newcomer of the YearDrake University1993
Who's WhoWho's Who1992
State Champion WrestlerIowa State Wrestling Champion1992
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 Collaborative LawyersMember2016 - Present
Polk County Iowa Family Law Mediation PanelMediator2016 - Present
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
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember1999 - 2009
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Work CompSettled for $170,000 new money
Dram Shop - AssaultSettled - confidential
Car AccidentSettled for over $220,000
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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