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Shayla McCormally

Divorce and separation Attorney at Des Moines, IA

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2008
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Shayla McCormally is a problem solver. Whether it's helping clients navigate difficult family issues, untangle tax problems, or recover after being injured, Shayla devotes herself to creating the best possible solutions for her clients. She knows the issues her clients are facing are stressful and confusing. She offers solutions and reaches outstanding results for clients.


McCormally & Cosgrove, PLLC
4508 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA, 50321


4.7 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Erica | June 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
won both cases
did a wonderful job getting both cases in my favor for the sole custody of my children. stuck to the points and did not get caught up in drama. absolutely recommend her
Posted by Todd | April 28, 2021
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A lawyer who truly cares and understands!
I was faced with a divorce. I had no clue what to do. Ms. McCormally took her time and explained the process and potential outcomes. There were occasions where Ms. McCormally offered consolation and encouragement to "hang in there!". I was so relieved to have McCormally & Cosgrove representing me and my interests. Words cannot express my heart felt thankfulness for the representation provided to me. Thank you Ms. McCormally for being excellent legal counsel!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2019
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Professional & Personal
Shayla went above and beyond starting at the initial free consultation! I did not at all feel rushed and felt that she was willing to take all the time necessary to listen to me to fully understand my story. It was so comforting to know she was willing to listen in order to help me in the best way she could! Shayla did an amazing job representing us and getting things done. Her staff was also very friendly and willing to help!
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2019
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Will preparation
Shayla is great at what she does! I was so impressed with the amount of knowledge and advice she had for my family and I while we were updating and preparing our will. We are so pleased with her and her staff that we will be hiring her again in the near future for our upcoming adoption.
Posted by Tara | May 16, 2018
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Shayla and all of her staff are wonderful! I went through a very difficult cross state custody battle. Shayla went out of her way to communicate with my lawyer in Wisconsin to ensure that she was providing legal advice that was in my boys' best interest in both Iowa and Wisconsin. She did an amazing job with the discovery process and was incredibly prepared to represent me in trial. Nobody wants a divorce to go all the way to trial, but if it does, you want someone like Shayla representing you! This divorce could have financially destroyed me, as I earn a substantially higher income than my ex husband. Because of Shayla and with help from my Wisconsin lawyer, my boys and I have a much brighter financial future. Shayla really listened to what I wanted and didn't try to pressure me into decisions. She just wanted what was best for my boys and I. She is very easy to work with, she is intelligent, and is compassionate. Shayla is amazing and made a very difficult time in my life a lot easier! I am forever grateful to her and her staff!
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Posted by Gina | March 6, 2018
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She can deliver
The best proof of competence is the result. My husband was able to adopt all my 3 children, 2 with us & 1 still not in the U.S. This for us is our no. 1 priority - having a lawyer who can deliver. She also gave us a good payment terms that is not too heavy on the pocket. She did not even charge extra for the installments. We have checked other lawyers with the same field of specialization, they cost more and are less straight-forward. There are no hidden cost with Atty. McCormally. Her quoted package cost is exactly what we paid for. She sure knows what she is doing, very confident and best of all, she can deliver.
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Posted by Tiffany | August 19, 2015
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OWI/DUI Services
Who isn't embarrassed of having this on their record. I know I was! Everyone and anyone is capable of getting charged with a OWI or DUI if they decide to get behind the wheel after a few alcoholic drinks; as well as any other substance abuse. It could be those considered low risk and not always just those considered high risk. I would be considered low risk and being responsible in life is one big thing I pride myself on. On the night I was charged with my OWI I did have a few drinks and I also was later diagnosed with a sleep disorder; so those did not go hand in hand of course. I nodded off and hit a parked car. No one was hurt, thank God. But scary to think that could have been a possibility. I immediately contacted Shayla for legal help. She attended my first hearing for me and she was successfully able to talk the prosecutor down on charges and even excuse my ticket of failure to maintain control. Without her I would have had a very large mess and jail time to deal with that would have been very overwhelming on anyone. Shayla was so helpful along with helping comfort and direct me so I was able to keep things in order and handled efficiently and effectively. I am 100% satisfied with her services, there is not one regret, and I would recommend her to everyone seeking legal assistance. If any other legal matter comes up in my future without hesitation I will be contacting Shayla. This experience with her by my side as my lawyer kept me in positive light and that good things came out of this bad situation. I could not have done it without her. If you or someone you know are looking for legal representation you cannot go wrong with Shayla!
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
I have worked with Shayla on numerous cases as co-counsel and as opposing counsel. She always handles herself with the utmost professionalism and is a zealous advocate for her clients. I recommend her services for any of your legal needs.
Posted by Amber | April 23, 2015
Professional, helpful and dedicated
I have worked with Shayla for both personal and work matters. She has been nothing but professional, compassionate when need be and flexible. My work projects require incredibly quick response turn-arounds and very nuanced research/opinions. She has always respected our deadlines and made sure we were completely informed and comfortable with answers to our questions.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
A great ally to have
I would recommend Shayla to all of my friends and family, with anything they need. She made me feel comfortable with the divorce process and was very effective and thorough.
Posted by Tiffany | April 14, 2015
Exceeded Expectations!
I originally tried to efile my divorce on my own, pro se. It had been almost a year since the separation of when my husband left and he still had not filed. I made a mess of things and didn't know until my first court meeting; it was embarrassing and discouraging. The judge extended my court date but I knew at that point I should seek legal assistance. I frantically looked randomly online and during the first part of my search I saw Shayla's kind face and good review as a divorce lawyer. I contacted Shayla's office at Wandro & Assoc PC and she was out of the office so I went ahead and gave my contact info. To my surprise she called me pretty much right away that day, on her day off, and checked on me and was very comforting. We met thereafter and Shayla and her paralegal were beyond amazing. They took over and the process was so easy and fast. I was so happy with their services. They had excellent communication and direction during the process it brought a lot of comfort; and that's very important during a hardship. I give them an A+++, 110%, and 6 stars. Shayla exceeded my expections. I recommend Shayla to anyone and everyone seeking legal assistance. You won't regret this decision. Best I had made!
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2015
Great service!
Shayla is an excellent attorney and advocate. She has been responsive to my questions, listened to my concerns, offered trustworthy legal advice and provided me outstanding service. In addition, I was amazed at her reasonable bill. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Derek | February 20, 2015
I highly recommend Shayla
Shayla has handled my firm's business and contract needs, as well as assisting with Election law. I have recommended her to many other small businesses in the Des Moines area.
Posted by Steve | June 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completely unprofessional
Shayla took my money and kept money she didn't deserve to keep. She agreed to represent me in a long term alimony issue. She took the money in mid-January 2018. I spent one whole Sunday afternoon, 1/14/18 to provide information to Shayla so she could write an effective response letter to my ex-wife's attorney. Little did I know at the time, Shayla had no intention of representing me. After 3 weeks of no further communication I sent Shayla a one line email in early February asking for an update. No reply. When I called her office in late February she informed she never wrote a rebuttal letter. In addition, she notified me would no longer represent me since I had been rude to her staff. I asked her staff if Shayla was still alive. That's not being rude, that's gathering information. When we spoke on the phone she explained she and her kids had been very sick. She agreed to return only the payment to write the letter she never wrote. Refused to return payment for what she claims was 'research time', I eventually received a check. However it wasn't signed. It took several more weeks to get a check that was signed. Shayla didn't sign the check, someone else in the firm did. Makes no sense. She refused to return payment to my credit card as that is how I paid what she claimed was a retainer. We had no retainer contract. Her staff insisted I prepay rather than be billed for the alimony issue. Shayla had previously handled updating my will and a name change filing for my 2nd wife. I had a well established history of full and timely payment. Do not waste your time and energy with this woman. She's unprofessional and lazy. Not a good combination. Find someone else.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • McCormally & Cosgrove. PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wandro & Associates, PC
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Trial Attorney
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Johnson County Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Banse v. Ten D
  • Jury Verdict
  • Residents of Elsie Mason Manor et. al. v. First Baptist Elderly Housing Foundation et. al.
  • Class Action Settlement


  • Central Iowa Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Co-chair social committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • C. Edwin Moore American Inn of Court
  • Adminstrator
  • 2010 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law Section, Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee
  • 2008 - Present
  • • Plymouth United Congregational Church
  • VP of Groups, Plymouth Women's Committee
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Director
  • 2012 - 2015
  • • Greater Des Moines Partnership Leadership Institute
  • 2012 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Inspiring Women of Iowa, Confidence Award Winner
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa
  • 2018
  • Fourty Under 40
  • Business Record
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney and Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney and Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • Certified Mediator
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Certified Collaborative Specialist
  • Iowa Assoication of Collaborative Professionals through Polk County Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney and Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney and Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • 2015
  • Willard J. Boyd Award for Public Service
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • 2007
  • Student Advocacy Award
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2007
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  • Journal of Corporation Law
  • • “Show Us Your Money: Halting the Use of Trade Organizations as Covert Conduits for Corporate Campaign Contributions”
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Life Expo
  • Adoption and Surrogacy in Iowa
  • 2018
  • Candidate Training
  • Political Fundraising
  • 2017
  • Family for All
  • Surrogacy and Adoption
  • 2016
  • WHO Channel 13 Interview
  • Iowa Adoption
  • 2015
  • Iowa State Bar Assocation Annual Meeting
  • Surrogacy in Iowa
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Shayla
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Shayla is an outstanding lawyer. She is knowledgeable, diligent, and an excellent advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Shayla on family law, personal injury, and business law matters and she is knowledgeable, compassionate, and attentive to her clients. Shayla truly goes the extra mile."
Car accident Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shayla is a creative and hard working attorney. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and an all around great person to be around. Shayla enjoys a great reputation amongst her fellow attorneys and is someone who gets results."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shayla's ability to come up with creative solutions to issues is second to none. Her experience is evident when negotiating for her clients, as she always seems to anticipate each and every potential issue in order to ensure her clients' interests are protected. I would recommend anyone to Shayla, as she truly has a passion for her profession and the knowledge to successfully accomplish her clients' goals."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shayla and I have worked on many cases together. I always appreciate her ability to hone in on the true issues in a case in order to solve the problem. She is caring, collaborative and responsive to her clients' needs."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Shayla is an excellent lawyer to have on your side when you need help. She's creative, hard-working and her problem-solving skills get her clients the results they're looking for."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Shayla is a terrific lawyer. I have seen her go above and beyond what is expected for her clients. She is knowledgeable and efficient on client matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Des Moines Divorce and separation Lawyer Shayla McCormally
Shayla McCormally
Divorce and separation Attorney
Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation