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Christine practices primarily in litigation.  Christine is currently focusing on criminal defense.

Christines's work background includes work in litigation, litigation management and work as corporate counsel.  Christine also worked as a Prosecutor. 

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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    21 years
  2. Juvenile: 5%
    20 years
  3. Litigation: 5%
    20 years



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  • Philip Colt Moss

    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.


    Philip Moss Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Peter Leehey

    Christine is well-known across the State of Iowa as an excellent lawyer.


    Peter Leehey Motorcycle accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Branstad Law

2501 Grand Ave
Suite D
Des Moines, IA, 50312-5311


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recognition for Pro Bono ServiceSupreme Court of Iowa2015
President's AwardIowa State Bar Association2013
Pro Bono Award-RepresentationIowa State Bar Association2013
Pro Bono Award-MediationIowa State Bar Association2013
Iowa Supreme Court Probono Service AwardIowa Supreme Court2010
SeveralAmerican Mock Trial Association1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBranstad Law2011 - Present
Professor of Leadership and Community CourseWilliam Penn University2012 - 2013
AdministratorIowa Independent School Tuition Organization2012 - 2013
Corporate CounselCHA2007 - 2012
Director of Legal Network Management and DevelopmentArag Group2006 - 2008
LItigation AttorneyEMC2006 - 2008
AttorneyWandro, Lyons & Baer2004 - 2006
AssociateHopkins & Huebner1997 - 2001
Assistant County AttorneyJasper County1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa Independent School Tuition OrganizationPresident2016 - Present
Ballet Des MoinesTreasurer2012 - 2015
National Association of Professional WomenN/A2010 - 2011
ISBA - Professionalism CommitteeCommittee member2010 - 2015
Children's Cancer ConnectionVice President2009 - 2015
Rotary ClubMember2009 - 2015
Polk County Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2015
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Criminal & Juvenile Justice CommitteeChair1997 - 1998
Blackstone American Inn of CourtMaster of the Bench1997 - 2015
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1997 - 2015
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1997 - 2015
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember1995 - 2003
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association-Drake DivisionPresident1993 - 1994
Iowa Trial Lawyers Association-Drake DivisionTreasurer1992 - 1993
Iowa Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - 2015
Polk County Women AttorneysN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
South Beach Night Club, L.L.C. v. Iowa Department of CommerceJudgment Affirmed
State v. Iowa District Court For Monroe Countywrit sustained, sentence vacated
State v. ImafidonJudgment for Imafidon - Reversed and Remanded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Drake Law ReviewA Coin on the Tracks: Can Big Money and Politics Derail Judicial Impartiality Through Election Spending?2012
The RetailerGetting What you Pay For: Money Alone is Not Enough2010
Iowa Academy of Trial LawyersAssistant Editor for: Trial Handbook 1993 Supplement by the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers1993
Business RecordBusiness LawN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
International Academy of Dispute ResolutionN/AAuthorized Mediator of the Academy2010
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of IowaPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Ray Society at DrakeThrough the Eyes of a Private Investigator, Part Two2016
NBI SeminarsGun Law: Restoration of Firearms Rights2016
Youth Leadership InitiativeJudicial Retention in Iowa2013
Sustaining Fund DinnerJudicial Retention Voting2013
Three Branches of GovernmentCivics Education Presentation for 4th and 5th Grade Students2012
So, I have an idea and want to start a business--where do I start?Legal Aspects of Starting a Business2012
Continuing Legal Education: Trial TacticsCriminal Trial Tactics2011
West Des Moines Business Lunch ClubJudicial Retention2010
League of Women Voters Open HouseJudicial Retention2010
Emerging Entrepreneurs Focused on Maximizing GrowthLegal Aspects of Opening a Busines2010
Adel RotaryJudicial Retention2010
Guest LecturerLitigation2006
Guest LecturerLitigation2005
Trial By JuryTrial Process2004
Guest LecturerFamily Law2004
Guest LecturerFamily Law2003
How to Represent Yourself or Your Corporation In Iowa's Small Claims CourtSmall Claims2002
Guest LecturerFamily Law2002
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Being a Plaintiff's AttorneyPlaintiff-oriented practice for new lawyers2002
Guest LecturerFamily Law2001
Guest LecturerFamily Law2000
Save Yourself From MalpracticeMalpractice1999
Rapid FireTrial Practice1999
Guest LecturerFamily Law1999