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Philip Colt Moss

Criminal defense Attorney at Des Moines, IA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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When you face a serious legal challenge, especially one where your freedom is at stake, a skilled attorney can help protect your rights and interests. At Philip Colt Moss in Des Moines, I apply creative problem-solving techniques in order to help clients achieve the best outcomes possible when they are facing felony or misdemeanor charges. Additionally, I handle personal injury cases, business law and employment law matters for clients. I am committed to helping clients overcome legal challenges and position themselves for favorable results.

Whether you are facing a legal action or have questions about an accident or business matter, a skilled attorney can help you achieve a better outcome. I handle cases involving:

Criminal defense — I represent clients in a wide range of criminal matters at the state and federal level, including cases involving theft, assault and battery, domestic violence crimes and other charges.
DUI/DWI — If you have been charged with a DUI/DWI, you could lose your license, incur steep fines and, in some cases, be incarcerated. I will aim for a reduction or dismissal of your charges.
Traffic violations – While many view traffic violations as minor nuisances, traffic tickets and moving violations have the power to wreak havoc on your life. Fees quickly mount, and points from tickets can cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in a revoked or suspended license.
Drug crimes — Being accused of manufacturing or distributing a controlled substance is serious. If you have been charged with a drug crime, I will challenge the prosecution’s evidence and assert your rights at every step of your case.
Personal injury — For clients who have been in an accident caused by a negligent party, you may have a viable personal injury claim. I am an experienced civil litigator and can help you pursue damages in order to get the compensation you deserve.
Business law — I help clients by providing general guidance on several business and contract law matters involving entity formation, succession planning and more.
Unemployment — Losing your job is never easy. I work with those who have been let go and help them with their unemployment claims.
I am passionate about advocating for my clients and committed to finding innovative solutions, so you can rest easy knowing your matter is in safe hands.

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Located in Des Moines, Philip Colt Moss represents clients in criminal defense, business law, personal injury and other types of matters.


Facing the threat of criminal prosecution or a lawsuit can be daunting. Colt Moss will bring energy and verve to your situation. He takes great satisfaction in helping his clients solve problems that they cannot solve on their own. Colt wants to help you navigate whatever problems life has created for you and is determined to be there with you every step of the way. “I stress the importance of communicating with my clients throughout the process,” Colt says. “I want to help them find hope and optimism in an otherwise challenging time.” Using creativity and hard work, Colt will help you move on with your life.

Colt joined Wandro as a trial attorney directly out of law school in 2012. From criminal matters and employment-related issues to personal injury and contract disputes, he has a wide-ranging practice. He enjoys being in the courtroom and advocating for his clients’ interests. Throughout his practice, he seeks to build lasting relationships with his colleagues and clients.

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Posted by Nate Schumacher | June 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
I had been in an accident one day before Christmas. What a nice present eh? I has 3 beers and it was a blizzard but I was under the legal limit. I called Colt while I was being detain. He didn’t answer but called me back said don’t say thing. Well, said a lot of goofy stuff but the officer was cute. Didn’t go to court once, Colt handle the whole thing and gave me a Phenomenal retainer price to hire him. No OWI! He said “no sweat I’ll handle it!” No stress, was never worried. Colt is my private attorney for as long as he practice law!
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I had never needed a lawyer before and I was very nervous from the beginning. From the initial meeting, Mr. Moss immediately made me feel comfortable. I didn't know anything about the law or the details about the situation I landed in. Throughout the whole process, Mr. Moss was extremely helpful and patient explaining every step and taking a lot of extra time out of his schedule to address my specific needs. Parts of my case were complicated. I am a Veteran. He went above and beyond to understand what that means and to make sure my status was respected and my rights addressed in the court of law. During about a 2-3 year time period, I hired Mr. Moss to handle two serious, related cases for me. Through hours of dedication and uncanny determination, he helped me resolve both cases in an extremely timely matter and with INCREDIBLE results that no one would have predicted. The results from his hard work saved my future in every way. He is my personal lifesaver. I would hire him again and I would firmly suggest that anyone does. His personal attention to detail, and perseverance will not disappoint. ~ Thank you for all you have done for me!
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Posted by Hal Wilson (H3 Custom Clothing) | March 26, 2018
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H3 Custom Clothing
From the beginning Colt Moss took my case seriously, He took me step by step through the process, and was always ahead of the game. At the end of the day, putting my trust in Mr. Moss was the best decision I've made in this case. Thank you so much and also thank you to Steve & Christine All my best- H3 Custom Clothing
Posted by Mitchell | June 10, 2015
Colt Moss Review
After having billing issues with my former legal counsel, I was in search of a general attorney to not only take care of an immediate real estate dispute, but also handle my legal needs for multiple business units and partnerships. I was referred to Colt Moss by a friend who was currently using Colt as his general council. I hired Colt to resolve the dispute, which he did in short order without having to take legal action against a commercial landlord. Needless to say, I was very happy when I received the billing statement from Colt. It was less than half of the amount quoted to me by my former attorney. Within a month of my first transaction with Colt, I again retained him to handle a substantial sale of one of my business units. Colt advised me on the valuation of the business and handled everything from negotiations, to sales contracts and closing. The terms of the deal were for two payments from the buyer. The large initial payment was made by the purchaser of my business, but he ended up shorting me on the final payment. It was not a substantial amount, and in most cases, it would not have been worth the legal fees to take the purchaser to court and most sellers would walk away. However, to me, it wasn’t about the money. it was principle and I was willing to pay more than they owed in order to make them pay what they agreed to. Colt had the contract so tight that the purchaser stood no chance in court. Rather than filing, Colt had the purchaser's attorney agree to a mediation. His strategy was to either have it mediated or have their refusal to mediate on record. The mediation lasted thirty minutes and in the end Colt walked into his office, where I was waiting, with a check of the amount in full. That was a huge win. This was the second win Colt had brought to the table for me within six months. Colt is now my general council and has multiple responsibilities across all of my businesses. I have always been able to reach Colt anytime I needed him, and we have had many evening and weekend calls. I also have three children and Colt has given legal advice to them on various matters, from real estate and wills to health care power of attorneys. I have been impressed with Colt’s ability to maneuver “outside the box”. He has a propensity to get the win very efficiently. I have referred Colt to numerous friends over the years and highly recommend him to anyone looking for legal counsel.
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Posted by Eric | May 26, 2015
Wonderful Experience
Mr. Moss is the attorney for my business and real estate holdings. I have the upmost respect for the way he carries himself in and out of the courtroom. Mr. Moss is very experienced with all types of law. He will respond to you with updates as soon as he gets them. Having a large business we are fortunate the way Mr. Moss strategically handles each situation.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Wandro & Associates, P.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Wandro & Associates
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Prosecutor
  • Gaston County Teen Drug Court
  • 2010 - 2012


  • Charlotte School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Iowa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007
  • University of Kansas
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • State of Iowa v. Simmons
  • Case dismissed in its entirety.
  • State of Iowa v. Berglund
  • Case Dismissed.


  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Blackstone American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Section
  • 2012 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Iowa Association of Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Section
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Employment Lawyers in Des Moines 2022
  • 2022
  • Lifetime Achievement Recipient
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (12)
Endorse Philip
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Colt Moss as a strong advocate for his clients and as a creative attorney. Colt’s problem-solving skills and tenacity are an asset to clients in all areas of the law. I worked with Colt on cases and Co. He genuinely cares about the concerns of his clients and is highly regarded by his peers."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Colt Moss is personable, knowledgable and an effective and trustworthy advocate for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had the opportunity to work directly with Colt and seen his skills in action."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colt is an aggressive advocate for his clients. He personally engages himself in his client's cases. From the beginning of a case to the end, Colt walks his client's through the process and ensures that they understand what is going around them so that they can make informed choices."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colt achieves great results for his clients due in large part to his stellar reputation in the community. He is able to devise creative solutions to his clients' problems."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colt is a strong advocate and gets great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Few people want friends or family to ever need a criminal attorney. However, situations arise where representation is needed. Whenever I've received a call from a friend or family member looking for a referral to a criminal attorney I've had no reservations recommending Colt Moss."
Litigation Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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