Married for 25 years and the mother of two boys and one girl, when I am not interacting with clients, attorneys and judges, with whom I have developed lasting professional relationships, I am often hoping for a strike at the bowling alley or cheering for my kid’s baseball teams.
A sports memorabilia collector, a passion I share with my husband, I have met and received autographs from baseball greats Ted Williams, George Brett, Steve Garvey and Catfish Hunter, among countless others. An avid traveler, I have enjoyed trips to San Diego, New Orleans, the Grand Canyon, Bahamas and many other destinations. The best trip to date was our recent family vacation to Disney World. When my family visits amusement parks—a favorite pastime—we make a beeline for the rollercoasters. I enjoy movie marathons. My favorite films include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Silence of the Lambs, The Sound of Music and Forrest Gump.
Hailing from a small town south of Des Moines, complete with one traffic light, a grocery store and laundromat, my family law practice mirrors my homegrown upbringing—family and community come first. My father was a truck driver and my mother was a homemaker who instilled in me a strong work ethic. I was the first college graduate in my family. My personal motto is: treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. My husband and I were licensed pre-adoptive foster parents for seven years.
In 1993, after graduating law school, I began my family law practice. My philosophy is direct: every client deserves legal representation that is equal parts compassion and straightforwardness. I always ensures that my client’s needs are heard and respected. Often called a financial bean counter by colleagues due to my thoroughness, I am a sole practitioner, which means my clients only work with me. I view my family law practice as a facilitator allowing families to begin the healing process. I provide special counsel for divorcing parents to ensure that their children are not adversely affected by the separation/divorce process.
Trained as a Family Law Mediator (2004) and currently a mediator for the Polk County District Court Mediation Program, I understand that clients come to my office during times of emotional turmoil. A firm supporter of Collaborative Law, my goal is to help client's reach resolution without going to court. I always provide an empathetic, accurate assessment of the facts to ensure each client arrives at the best possible solution.
Receiving my undergraduate degree from Grand View College in Des Moines in 1988, I graduated Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas in 1992. I have been a member of the Iowa State Bar Association since 1993. Additionally, I was the co-editor of the Family Law Newsletter for the Iowa State Bar Association from (1997 to 2002) and was appointed to service as a member of the ISBA Board of Govenors in 2013. I have also been active in the PCBA Family Law committee and am serving my second term as co-chair of the PCBA Solo and Small Practice Committee. I am also a member of the Polk County Women Attorney's Association and the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Owner||Hockett-Clark Law Office||1993 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Polk County Bar Association||Co-chair of the Solo and Small Law Firm Committee||2014 - Present|
|Polk County Bar Association||Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|Polk County Women Attorneys||Member||1993 - Present|
|Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys||Member||1993 - Present|
|Iowa State Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Member||1993 - Present|
|Polk County Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Member||1993 - Present|
|Iowa State Bar Association||Board of Governors||2013 - 2017|
|Iowa State Bar Association publication||Family Law Quarterly Newsletter||2002|
|Washburn University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|Grand View College||BS - Bachelor of Science||1988|
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