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Mark Ryan Hinshaw

Divorce and separation Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Iowa - IA 16 years
    Arizona - AZ 14 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2009
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    16 years, 700 cases

  2. Family

    16 years, 700 cases

My firm handles hundreds of divorces every year in Central Iowa ranging from simple uncontested divorces to complex international family law cases in federal court. My team is second to none. I have been the lead trial counsel in over one hundred divorce matters in Central Iowa, including international cases brought under the constructs of the Hague Convention in the United States Federal Court for Iowa.  I have also successfully argued numerous cases in front of the Iowa Court of Appeals.  In addition to divorces, I represent individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries in state and federal court.  In the last two years I have collected over ten million dollars on behalf of injured parties.  I am a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (ABA).  I sit on the family law section of all three bar associations and sit on the International Family Law Committee of the ABA.   I grew up in Ankeny and currently reside there with my wife and daughters. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing in the Des Moines Adult Baseball League, and managing my stable of racehorses.

Representative Cases

Pederson v. Meyer, 838 N.W.2d 681 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2013)

In re Marriage of Wood, 886 N.W.2d (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2016)

In re Marriage of Barber, 856 N.W.2d 274 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2014)

In re Marriage of Van Zetten, 870 N.W.2d 274 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2015)

In re Marriage of Rigdon, 896 N.W.2d 785 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2015)

In re Marriage of Johnson, 863 N.W.2d 26 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2015)

In re Marriage of Grask, 2018 WL 6132272

State v. Webber, 797 N.W.2d 624 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2011)

In re Marriage of Jahnke, 851 N.W.2d 854 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2014)

In re Marriage of Schmidt, 851 N.W.2d 854 (Iowa Ct. Appeals, 2014)


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The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw
1200 Valley West Drive
Suite 208
West Des Moines, IA, 50266-1902


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Posted by Denise | June 8, 2015
Mark handled my divorce. His whole office made this difficult time very easy. He knows what he is doing and is very easy to work with. If you want something done right and efficiently, this is your guy. He is upfront and honest with you at all times. I would recommend him highly.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2015
Cost-effective and Prompt
Mark and his staff assisted me in an uncontested divorce. The process was very easy, very affordable, and everything was completed in the timeline they provided.
Posted by Ismael | April 30, 2015
An Honest, No-Nonsense, Knowledgeable, Approachable, Down-to-Earth Attorney
Mark Hinshaw is a first-rate attorney in his field. While highly knowledgeable, he is also unassuming, straightforward and, indeed, quite folksy. By clearly explaining the most likely developments and outcomes of a case, as well as the pertinent laws, he effectively demystifies the profession and generates confidence his clients. A very attractive aspect of Mark Hinshaw's practice is his tendency to cut through the maze of legalistic tangles and twists, to focus on the relevant and essential aspects of a case, and to bring the case to as speedy a resolution as possible--thereby also minimizing the legal costs to his clients. Overall, his practice represents a welcome antidote to all the unsavory clichés surrounding the profession.
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Posted by Jenn | April 30, 2015
Excellent law firm!!!
I hired Mark to handle a modification matter, including child custody and support, roughly 9 months ago. He was very professional and knowledgeable!! He walked me through the process and gave me best/worst case scenarios. He was upfront and honest with me and always kept me apprised as to the status of my pending case, as well as my available options. His legal assistant, Denise, was absolutely amazing as well. They make an excellent team and definitely have their clients best interests in mind at all times. I have recommended this law firm to several of my friends and will continue to do so in the future!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
Mark and his staff are wonderful. They have always made me feel very comfortable and I know they have always had my best interest at heart. And the interest of my 2 children as well. Divorce is never easy but Mark and his staff made the process as easy as possible for me.
Posted by Scott | April 27, 2015
You need Mark Hinshaw on your side
Mark represented us in a complicated litigation suit and I can assure you he will fight tirelessly for your best interest. If I needed legal assistance or advice, Mark is the first person I'd call.
Posted by Joshua | April 24, 2015
The entire staff made us feel like family from start to end. They explained everything in detail and answered questions in a timely manner or would find the answer for us. Even though our case is over, they continued to help with understanding of all final documents. We shared many serious moments and plenty of laughs. The entire team is great!!!!
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Posted by Matthew | April 24, 2015
A calm, knowledable guide through an unknown hostile landscape that is the US legal system
Mark demostrated an empathy and knowledge that helped me as I transitioned from married to a single person. He was never overbearing and listened to my concerns, took time to patiently explain what was transpiring and offered helpful suggestions that ultimately proved to be correct. His fees were reasonable and given the outcome insignificant. I highly recommend him and I consult him on matters outside of the original divorce proceeding.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2015
Review of Mark Hinshaw
Mark is currently representing me in a child custody modification case. Despite of countless lies and bullying that my ex-husband and his attorney have been unleashing on me, Mark continues to keep me hopeful that the judicial system will prevail. Mark is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of family law and displays a great deal of professionalism while interacting with me and the opposing counsel. I would strongly recommend Mark to anyone who is facing tough situations related to divorce and/or child custody.
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Posted by Robert | April 22, 2015
Workmans Comp Settlement
Mark got me exactly the amount in a settlement that he told me at our very first meeting. No surprises, he kept me informed, and I would recommend him.
Posted by Craig | April 22, 2015
Most down to earth guy I've ever dealt with! He exceeded my expectations and totally had my back! High five!!!!!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, P.L.C.
  • 2007 - Present


  • Drake University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Whitman College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Barber, 856 N.W.2d 383 (Iowa App. 2014)
  • Court of appeals upheld the trial court ruling
  • In Re Marriage of Jahnke, 851 NW2d 854 (Iowa App. 2014)
  • Won
  • In re Marriage of Schmidt, 842 N.W.2d 387 (Iowa App. 2014)
  • The court of appeals denied the father's appeal on the reunification therapist request.
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  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse Mark
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I reached out to Mark as a colleague for assistance with an issue that was troubling me. He was helpful, responsive, and helped me promptly solve my problem. I endorse this lawyer and appreciate him!"
Family Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is a highly-skilled attorney that is well known in the legal community. When it comes to many legal issues, including family law matters, Mark is an incredibly valuable resource - not only for clients, but also for fellow members of the bar. Without question, I strongly endorse Mark."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Great attorney to work with. Courteous, timely, knowledgeable and cooperative."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Mark for a long time and he is not only a great attorney, but he has surrounded himself with a great staff. I would strongly encourage anyone seeking a dissolution to contact Mark's office before hiring another attorney."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Friend
"Mark has made a tremendous contribution to the practice of family law in our legal community. I've been very fortunate to work with Mark on many cases and to learn from his practice. He is an outstanding lawyer, a skilled litigator, and will serve you well as your legal counsel."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mark. Aggressive, intelligent and skilled; excellent client advocate."
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