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Jacob A. M. VanCleaf

Family Attorney at Des Moines, IA

4.4   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2010
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

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Vancleaf and Mccormack Law Firm, Llp
118 SE 4th St
Des Moines, IA, 50309-4802

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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and efficient service
I came to van cleaf & McCormack with a somewhat complicated family law issue. I was treated like family from the moment I walked in. They answered all my questions without getting annoyed at the number of them. I was communicated with consistently. They even offered a payment plan I could budget for. My issues were all resolved in a positive way for me. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Shanelle | June 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I used this law firm after being attacked by a loose dog in my neighborhood. Jacob was incredibly down-to-earth and very easy to work with! He, along with his fabulous office manager, Amelia, are super knowledgeable and kept me updated throughout the entire process. Jacob was extremely adamant and made sure I was compensated properly. I was extremely satisfied with their services! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Terra | April 13, 2015
Regarding the VanCleaf & McCormack Law Firm
I retained this group to assist me in some family law matters, and I could not be more pleased with my choice. Their office is conveniently located in the East Village portion of downtown Des Moines with ample parking and few traffic concerns. The office itself is comfortable and kid friendly. I found the receptionist/legal secretary to be extremely knowledgeable and not condescending at all. I've had the privilege of dealing with both lawyers, and find that they complement each other wonderfully, with an awesome mix of raw facts and soothing humor. Together, this trio has kept me well informed and feeling at ease... all at a very reasonable price. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this firm for any of your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2015
Amazing attorney
Mr. Van Cleaf did an amazing job in my case. He was attentive to my needs and what I wanted. He and his staff responded to me in a timely manner and always gave me honest answers to all my questions. Even if that honest answer was not exactly what I wanted to hear. I now have primary custody of my children. I do not think I could have gotten through this custody battle without him. I have referred multiple people to him and his partner and they have always reported positive things to me. I would trust Mr. Van Cleaf with any legal problems I have.
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
All talk, little action
I hired Jacob for a custody situation and while he is a nice guy, he wasn't a very affective or assertive attorney. He was easily shut down, pushed around and just really unorganized and seemed lost in trial. He talks a very big game and is great at talking himself up but when it cones down to it, did not deliver at all. His office assistant Amelia is super awesome and very efficient and extremely knowledgeable. Office environment is very laid back and informal which was nice but would not present at terribly professional for some people.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-175 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 2.9 (Strong Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Reprimand issued in IA, 2023
updated on 11/02/2023

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.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Van Cleaf & McCormack Law Firm, LLP
  • 2010 - Present


  • Drake Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2010
  • Simpson College
  • Bachelor of the Arts
  • 2007


  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

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Des Moines Family Lawyer Jacob A. M. VanCleaf
Jacob A. M. VanCleaf
Family Attorney
Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 13 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023. See details