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Kimberly Jo Stamatelos

Mediation Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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I am a peacemaker and a problem solver.  Clients who hire me are interested in healing their families and moving their lives forward. I strive to keep clients out of court and give them the control over their legal outcomes. I have fair and transparent billing practices.  I am the author of the book "The Compassionate Lawyer" available on Amazon. I work hard for my clients, and listen to them. 

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Kimberly Jo Stamatelos
2700 Westown Pkwy Ste 410
West Des Moines, IA, 50266-1411


4.4 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Zachary | June 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More than just a lawyer
From the very first time I spoke with Kim I felt a genuine kindness and care in her approach to her work. She conducts her practice from a place of compassion and sincere concern for the betterment of all lives involved in the process. She is so much more than just a lawyer. I truly believe that without Kim I would not have had the solid ground I needed to stand up for my own happiness, the happiness of my child, or of my ex-wife. If you TRULY care about the most compassionate and responsible outcome for your family then Kim is who you need to hire. I will forever be grateful to her and her excellent staff for their work.
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Response from Kimberly Stamatelos August 24, 2017
Thank you Zachary for these kind words! It is my joy to work with clients like you who aspire to make their divorce a transformative journey. I'm delighted that you are able to move your life forward in a healthy way. Always count me in your "circle of support!"
Posted by Craig | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She's the Best!
An issue I have ran into with other attorneys is that they seem to be all about the money- not with kim! When you're working with Kim you can see that she genuinely cares about what's best for you and making sure she does everything she can as fast as she can to get you the best considering your case. If I'm ever in a situation where I'll need her again, she will definitely be the first attorney I call. Good job Kim!
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Response from Kimberly Stamatelos August 24, 2017
Thank you Craig! I went to law school to be a "helper," and do this work out of my passion and caring for people. It's an honor to serve my clients and assist them in solving legal problems as cost efficiently as I can. I hope you don't have to hire a lawyer again, but if you do I'd be delighted to assist you!
Posted by Andi | July 2, 2015
Always there
Kim stood by me during the most difficult time in my life. She advocated for my son and I the whole time, was understanding, and very flexible!
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2015
A great experience with a mediation attorney!
When my husband and I went through our divorce we agreed to try mediation. Finding Kim was a blessing! My situation was fortunate as we agreed on many things, however, Kim was right there to walk me through the process and advise me on the appropriate steps. She was caring and compassionate regarding my situation. She did not judge me or how I wanted to handle my divorce but she did ensure I understood the Iowa law and my rights. While I retained Kim for mediation, I would highly recommend her if you have any legal needs.
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Posted by Linda | June 9, 2015
Great Person and Lawyer
Very easy to talk to and follows through with all she says she will do. Very thorough with details. Explains everything she is doing and gives you the timeline.
Posted by Linda | June 2, 2015
Great Person and Lawyer
I feel Kim is a overall genuine person who clearly knows what she is doing. She kept me informed of the progress of my divorce and how the system worked. She was kind to to my ex husband as well and explained all the details to him so he understood everything.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
My experience with Kimberly was a setback. Each time I spoke with her I had to remind her each detail of my situation over. She couldn't even remember the date we discussed filing. She recommended I ask for a dollar amount in the split that was about 5% of total assets. She suggested this number before asking what property that was going to be divided. When I finally wrote and said I would need to hire someone that remembers my case her reply was the flippant "Sounds good!" She also took up my consultation time telling me how her and her boyfriend agree to spend time together. 0 Stars for professionalism.
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Response from Kimberly Stamatelos June 1, 2017
I am so sorry that "anonymous" believed (s)he was treated poorly. I hope that whoever wrote this has found peace from whatever caused them to have enough pain to write this narrative. What is described here is uncharacteristic of how I handle clients.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Mediator
  • Stamatelos & Tollakson
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Drake University Law School
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney and Mediator
  • Stamatelos & Associates
  • 2006 - 2015


  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Drake University
  • BA
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Co-parents Who Disagree
  • Increased ability to communicate and enhanced understanding


  • Central Iowa Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Founding member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Iowa Bar Association
  • 1982 - Present
  • Association of Conflict Resolution
  • N/A
  • Iowa Association of Mediators
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Alumna of the Year
  • Drake University Law School
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Contribution of Pro Bono Hours Award
  • Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • 2015


  • ABA Section of Litigation Solo and Small Firm
  • Mentoring: Helping Young Lawyers “Start Well”,
  • 2015
  • The Compassionate Lawyer
  • 2014
  • The Collaborative Review
  • The Four Loves in Family Law
  • 2014
  • Iowa Lawyer
  • Integrative Law: Designing legal solutions that combine competent lawyering and social responsibility
  • 2013
  • Iowa Lawyer
  • My father, the lawyer, and what he taught a trained mediator about mediation,
  • 2013
  • Iowa Lawyer
  • Ending marriages respectfully through collaborative divorce
  • 2012
  • Iowa Lawyer
  • Parenting coordination: Moving families forward
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorneys Annual Conference
  • The Compassionate Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Iowa Administrative Law Judge Conference
  • The Compassionate Lawyer
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (12)
Endorse Kimberly
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kimberly is an outstanding attorney. She is well respected in our community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kim is an excellent, caring, and compassionate attorney. I highly recommend her for your family law needs."
Mediation Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There is no better mediator than Kim. She is able to resolve very difficult cases with the combination of creativity and compassion she brings to each mediation."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is an excellent mediator."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kimberly is an excellent mediator and collaborative law attorney. She truly and deeply cares about her clients and about being present for the people she serves, whether in a mediation or collaborative divorce case. I've sat with Kimberly in numerous collaborative divorce conferences on opposite sides of the case, as we worked together to obtain compassionate, dignified and respectful divorces for our clients. Kimberly is experienced, highly trained, skilled and has a beautiful heart. Can't ask for more in a good family law attorney."
Mediation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim demonstrates exceptional understanding and compassion for her clients and people who are lucky enough to have her mediate their family law issues. She succeeds in outcomes that allow the parties to start the healing process. I heartily recommend Kim."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is an exceptional attorney and mediator. As a compassionate attorney she strives to make the legal system a place for healing and problem solving rather than endless conflict."
Mediation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kimberly is an exceptional mediator and is highly sought-after in Iowa and out-of-state to resolve complex family law and legal issues. Kimberly is continually striving to grow personally and professionally. She gives graciously of her time by giving presentations on mediation and collaborative law to law student, lawyers, the media and those looking for a peaceful resolution to legal conflict. Kimberly is blazing the trail for attorneys who desire an alternative approaches to conflict resolution than traditional courtroom litigation. An acute example is her recent business partnership called The Compassionate Alliance I highly recommend Kimberly for a peaceful resolution to your legal problems."
Unknown Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kim is true thought leader in our legal community, through her pioneering work in mediation and collaborative law. She is also highly regarded as a skilled and compassionate advocate for her clients. I have no doubt that Kim will serve you very well as your legal counsel."
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