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Christine E Branstad Esq

Criminal defense Attorney at Des Moines, IA

5.0   32 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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About Christine

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Christine practices primarily in litigation with a focus on criminal defense.

Christine received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa in 1991 and her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 1994.  Christine is licensed to practice law in all courts within Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia.

Christine is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.  Christine has achieved the status of Master of the Bench in the Blackstone Inn of Court.

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Licensed for 27 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 09/15/2022
State DC
Status Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues
Acquired 1995
Updated 06/08/2022

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

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Branstad & Olson Law Office
2501 Grand Ave
Suite A
Des Moines, IA, 50312-5311

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
Christine received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2015
Posted by Joel | November 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I was referred to Christine after a severe accident found me looking at serious charges that did not make sense. At our first meeting the thing that struck me the most and made my decision to have her represent me was the quiet confidence that she projected when we talked about the whole scenario. She was very upfront and very direct in her questions of what had happened. There was no arrogance or war stories about past cases. That confidence alone gave me more comfort over the next year as we worked through the court system and is what I believe led to the judge’s decision. Christine’s demeanor and intelligence alone would make her a good attorney but it is the coupling of her composure and knowledge of the law that make her a great attorney and a great friend years later. You will not find a more competent and approachable person to have lead you through the legal process, no matter the situation, than Christine and her office. I have used them exclusively since my accident and it is evident from being in multiple courtrooms and meeting rooms through the years that the entire legal community shows incredible respect and admiration for Christine and the ethics that she exhibits daily.
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Posted by Lois | September 6, 2022
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You won’t get better than Christine
I was looking at some time in prison, Christine was there to fight for what was best and needless to say I didn’t go to prison other options was worked out but without her I would be doing 5 years she pitched a good resolution and it was accepted. I appreciate the person she is and h for another chance to get through this.; from me and my family to her and her family Thank You,,! Your a amazing person and what she has done for me will always be held remembered and ;appreciated.;After working with her I do agree there is caring people and they will help you succeed.
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Posted by Martha | August 25, 2022
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The Best Attorney and Firm in the State of Iowa
Twenty years ago, my husband was in a compromising and extremely stressful situation due to manipulation and false accusations. His lawyer had only made things worse. His brilliant research career was on the line. He was stressed to the max. I suggested he contact Christine Branstad because I had heard good things about her. He did. He was treated with complete respect, and felt secure in the process. Christine’s immediate discernment of the situation, her superior knowledge of the law and her quick, on-the-spot ability to respond correctly in court, not only saved his career but enabled him to live stress free. Over the years I have recommended, what is now, the Branstad and Olson Law firm to several people. All of them have had positive outcomes and come back to thank me with glowing things to say about how they were treated with respect and their lives returned to normal due to the firms unparalleled knowledge of the law. Recently I too have experienced the firms help. It was not a huge problem, but in my old age, it was stressful and daunting to me until Christine and the team took care of all the legal end of things with ease. I cannot thank them enough. The entire team works together smoothly. I was treated with the same care and respect as if this had been a huge problem. I too am extremely thankful for them. --Martha
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Posted by Eric | August 17, 2022
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The best firm, highly recommended
Without a doubt, Christine and her team are amazing. I have used Christine on a few occasions, and have experienced nothing but satisfaction. You are truly made to feel like she cares about you and your case, because she honestly does. Anytime I needed an update on my cases, I knew all I had to do was call, and Christine or Nathan would promptly get me the information I was asking about. Plus it’s not just the two of them, Summer and Torrie also went above and beyond to make sure I felt appreciated and not like I was “just another client”, because to this whole team you aren’t. They set me up with the MyCase app, and everything was right there at my fingertips. Highly recommend using Christine, Nathan, and the entire team for any of you’re legal needs.
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Posted by Marlene | September 13, 2021
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A wonderful lawyer who is genuinely concerned for her clientser
I have had the pleasure of working with Christine a few times. A few times she was not my lawyer, but I was a witness in a huge trial case, that she won. A couple of years later I was faced with a theft charge. She knew that I didn't have much money and allowed me to pay when I could. The outcome of that case was just as she said it would be. This past June I was charged with a theft charge and with my previous theft charges 5 and 6 years prior, the county attorney was wanting me to do 90 days, 2 years probation, and a repeat offenders class. I have 5 children ages 2 to 13 years and 90 days was not something that I could personally do without hurting my children and husband. Christine kept reminding me that she was not going to allow me to do jail time and would take this to trial if needed. Thankfully, everything worked out. Christine is not a Monday thru Friday lawyer, she contacted me on a Saturday morning to go over my case and responded to me on a Sunday evening after I text her. Christine is a fighter and willing to fight for what is fair and not scared to go to trial. Thankfully, even though Christine was not able to go to my final court date, because she had a prior commitment and the judge refused to continue the hiring, I ended up not doing jail time, just like she said. Everyone in her firm is AMAZING. I would never walk into a courtroom without one of them representing me.
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Posted by Michael | February 2, 2021
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Genuine
Prompt, attentive and willing to go beyond the scope of my expectations. She listened, and then with care proceeded to explain the possible outcomes - I am so thankful that I made this call. Highly recommended!!
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2020
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Negotiated successful plea
Christine successfully negotiated a successful plea for my issue. She is very professional and has great experience
Posted by Robert | January 21, 2020
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Very impressed
I hired Christine to handle a traffic ticket that i was issued that would've had a huge negative impact my CDL and livelihood. I was extremely satisfied with the professionalism and how easy it was to get ahold of her and others in the office. She is very knowledgable about the legal system and ultimately helped get my case dismissed. I had spoken to a couple other attorneys before I spoke with Christine and I knew within a couple minutes she was the right person for my case. It was my first time having legal trouble and she took the time to explain the process and what would happen along the way. She will be my first call if I ever find myself needing representation again.
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Posted by John | December 9, 2019
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OUTSTANDING LAWYER! The best of the best.
Christine is an amazing lawyer. She always dives into her work and holds nothing back. A true fighter and an understanding person all in one package. Truly a unique individual. She has helped me with a number of issues and it has been my privilege to know this woman. The bottom line is this: You simply will not find a more capable, dedicated, intelligent, well-prepared, considerate or loyal attorney to represent you, than Christine Branstad.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2019
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Client
My livelihood was on the line and Christine was quick to come to my rescue. She was reasonably priced and provided detailed and sufficient information to allow me to participate in my appeal hearing with great confidence.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2019
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Client
She is amazing. She was very honest with me. She took care of my case in a very short time. Will definitely recommend her to anyone. She definitely will get the job done.
Posted by Barb Carver | November 27, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Christine helped me out when I was falsely accused by my husband's ex wife. She told me exactly what was going to happen and how long it was going to take. She fought very hard for me. My case was dismissed and my DHS case was overturned also. I had never been through anything like this before and she made me feel like I was in very capable hands. I would highly recommend Christine to anyone.
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Posted by Elizabeth | November 12, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
When speaking with Ms. Brandstad for the first time, she portrayed rare qualities such as professionalism, honesty, kindness, patience and determination. When confronted with multiple questions, she took the time to provide an answer, as well as an explanation to her answers.
Posted by Darryl Riles | April 24, 2018
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I made the right decision
I hired Christine during after an exhausting search of attorneys at law to handle my case. I found her to be one of the top criminal lawyers in the state. After a brief consultation concerning the merits of my case, she assured me that the charges against me could be dismissed. She has been informative, accessible, and straightfoward in our dealings - the kind of assets you want in an attorney.
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Posted by Jimmy | April 18, 2018
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You will recieve a good outcome with her. She has a great heart and an amazing work ethic.
Going through my case was a huge challenge for me psychologically. Not knowing how things would turn out was very frustrating and was basically eating me alive from the inside. Christine was a huge factor in helping me relieve some of these anxieties. Because of her guidance, my case went very smoothly. I trusted her throughout the entire process and she never led me astray. She was an extremely knowledgeable person who clearly shows her tenure in the courtroom as well as in this field overall. She is highly personable and her reputation is impeccable. Everyone in the courtroom from lawyers, judges, or prosecutors seemed to clearly have an unspoken respect for her. She is truly a caring being who is devoted to justice for others. It is inspiring to me how much work and time she puts into helping others who are in need. The cases she handles and the kindness she has is admirable. She really cares about her clients. I am so glad I hired her. Please seek her for help if you ever find yourself running into a tough situation. She’ll be there for you and you won’t regret it.
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Posted by Maddison | May 31, 2017
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AMAZING
I consulted with Christine after a very traumatic event in my life. She was all ears, and quick to respond. Very knowledgeable woman. I greatly appreciated her ability to put my jumbled thoughts/Q's in order, while providing a great sense of relief to the situation. Very professional. HIGHLY recommend! Even fit me in the same day for a consultation!
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Posted by Rick | April 11, 2017
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Christine Brandstad, Wow! Service beyond reproach.
Wow, what can I say about Mrs. Brands tad, When I thought I was in trouble she wa the first to come to my defense, No pundit intended.She gave me excellent, timely and very intrumental advice as to how to handle a rather difficult position for me. Not only did she help as a great lawyer should,Christine did it with compassion and a heart, both my wife are indebted to her and would recommend her services to anyone who is in need of a dedicated and compassionate lawyer. If in need call upon Mrs. Branstad, She will not dissappoint you.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2016
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Knowledgeable, Responsive, & Powerful Representation
Attorney Christine Branstad and her team at Branstad Law are outstanding! From our initial meeting they were responsive to our calls, questions, and concerns. They are dedicated and knowledgeable professionals that genuinely care about their cases and clients. We highly recommend Christine Branstad and her team!
Posted by Tammy | June 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Christine put us at ease
We reached out to Christine for guidance on a situation our teenage son was in. She immediately provided her assistance and was there for us whenever we had a question (and believe me, we had many questions). She is incredibly knowledgeable and we felt comfortable putting our son's future in her hands. This is the first time we've ever talked to a criminal attorney and we are so very thankful that we went to Christine. She truly cares about her clients and works tirelessly to ensure they are treated fairly. I would most definitely recommend her to anyone needing an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2016
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Awesome attorney
Christine is honest, easy to talk to, communicates very well via phone or email. She was always there to ask my questions and to help calm me down with my nerves. I recommend her to anyone.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Branstad Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Professor of Leadership and Community Course
  • William Penn University
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Administrator
  • Iowa Independent School Tuition Organization
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Corporate Counsel
  • CHA
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Director of Legal Network Management and Development
  • Arag Group
  • 2006 - 2008
  • LItigation Attorney
  • EMC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Wandro, Lyons & Baer
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Hopkins & Huebner
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Jasper County
  • 1995 - 1997
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Education

  • International Academy of Dispute Resolution
  • Authorized Mediator of the Academy
  • 2010
  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Iowa
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • State v. Al Nuaimi
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • State V. Polak
  • Verdict for Client
  • State V. Terry
  • Verdict for Client
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Associations

  • Iowa Independent School Tuition Organization
  • President
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Ballet Des Moines
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2015
  • ISBA - Professionalism Committee
  • Committee member
  • 2010 - 2015
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Children's Cancer Connection
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2015
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2015
  • Blackstone American Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • 1997 - 2015
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Criminal & Juvenile Justice Committee
  • Chair
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2015
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2003
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association-Drake Division
  • President
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2015
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association-Drake Division
  • Treasurer
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Recognition for Pro Bono Service
  • Supreme Court of Iowa
  • 2015
  • President's Award
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Award-Representation
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Award-Mediation
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Iowa Supreme Court Probono Service Award
  • Iowa Supreme Court
  • 2010
  • BV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Several
  • American Mock Trial Association
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Drake Law Review
  • A Coin on the Tracks: Can Big Money and Politics Derail Judicial Impartiality Through Election Spending?
  • 2012
  • The Retailer
  • Getting What you Pay For: Money Alone is Not Enough
  • 2010
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Assistant Editor for: Trial Handbook 1993 Supplement by the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Iowa Court Reporters Association Annual Meeting
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2020
  • Iowa State Bar Association 2017 Annual Meeting
  • Advising Clients on Handling Their Electronically Stored Information
  • 2017
  • The Ray Society at Drake
  • Through the Eyes of a Private Investigator, Part Two
  • 2016
  • NBI Seminars
  • Gun Law: Restoration of Firearms Rights
  • 2016
  • Youth Leadership Initiative
  • Judicial Retention in Iowa
  • 2013
  • Sustaining Fund Dinner
  • Judicial Retention Voting
  • 2013
  • Three Branches of Government
  • Civics Education Presentation for 4th and 5th Grade Students
  • 2012
  • So, I have an idea and want to start a business--where do I start?
  • Legal Aspects of Starting a Business
  • 2012
  • West Des Moines Business Lunch Club
  • Judicial Retention
  • 2010
  • League of Women Voters Open House
  • Judicial Retention
  • 2010
  • Adel Rotary
  • Judicial Retention
  • 2010
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Litigation
  • 2006
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Litigation
  • 2005
  • Trial By Jury
  • Trial Process
  • 2004
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Family Law
  • 2004
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Family Law
  • 2003
  • How to Represent Yourself or Your Corporation In Iowa's Small Claims Court
  • Small Claims
  • 2002
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Family Law
  • 2002
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Plaintiff's Attorney
  • Plaintiff-oriented practice for new lawyers
  • 2002
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Family Law
  • 2001
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Family Law
  • 2000
  • Save Yourself From Malpractice
  • Malpractice
  • 1999
  • Rapid Fire
  • Trial Practice
  • 1999
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Family Law
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christine is professional, creative, and passionate when it comes to defending her clients. She is an excellent attorney committed to getting results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Christine on a number of cases and have always been impressed with her work ethic and level of preparation on behalf of her clients. Whether it is a Simple Misdemeanor or a Class A Felony, Christine treats every client's case with the utmost diligence and works agressively to achieve great results for her clients. I highly recommend Christine for a defense attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine is well-known across the State of Iowa as an excellent lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christine Branstad has earned her reputation as one of the premier Iowa lawyers for handling small to midsized litigation matters. Her knowledge not only of the law, but of the practicalities of Iowa litigation set her apart from her contemporaries. I have personally sent friends and family members to her, and have received nothing but glowing praise for the work she has done on their behalf."
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Top Contributor 2012
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Des Moines Criminal defense Lawyer Christine E Branstad Esq
Christine E Branstad Esq
Criminal defense Attorney
Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available