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I have devoted  my legal career to defending the rights of Iowan’s charged with drug and alcohol offenses with an emphasis on operating while intoxicated, boating while intoxicated, serious injury by vehicle, and vehicular homicide cases.  My interest in the criminal justice system began early in my career while attending Simpson College and majoring in Criminal Justice and graduating Cum Laude in 1999.  After attending Simpson, I received my law degree from Drake University in 2002.  While attending Drake, my passion for the criminal justice system was enhanced by completing an internship at the Warren County Attorney’s Office as well as through completion of the Advanced Criminal Defense Clinic.


In 2004 I became a member of the National College of Drunk Driving Defense and am currently one of only eight attorneys in Iowa to be a member of this organization.  In April 2005, I completed the NHTSA/IACP Standardized Field Sobriety Practitioner Training Course through Walden, Platt and Associates where I became certified to administer and score the same field sobriety tests used by police officers when making an arrest of an intoxicated driver.


I continue to hone his skills in defending the rights of Iowan’s by attending numerous other national and local seminars related to criminal and drunk driving defense.  I have also spoken at numerous seminars on issues such as field sobriety testing, breath testing, case law updates, and appellate practice.  My practice also includes the litigation of appeals through the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court.  


I have also been an assistant wrestling coach at Valley Highschool since 2004.  I enjoy working with the kids to help them not only become better athletes but better individuals.  I also enjoy being outdoors and taking my annual fishing trips to Minnesota.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    14 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    14 years



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Chase Lyal Andersen

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Contact info

Gourley, Rehkemper & Lindholm, PLC

440 Fairway
Suite 200
West Des Moines, IA, 503266


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Key Person AwardIowa Association for Justice2014
Field Sobriety Testing (2013 Curriculum)Platt and Associates2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawers2012
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI CasesTexas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association2010
Harvard Summer Session GraduateNational College of Drunk Driving Defense2007
Standardized Feild Sobriety Testing Practioner CourseNHTSA/IACP2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerGRL Law2005 - Present
AssociateHoyt Law Firm2002 - 2005
Assistant Wrestling CoachWest Des Moines School2002 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationGeneral Member2014 - Present
Iowa Association of JusticeBoard of Governors2011 - Present
Iowa Association of JusticeCriminal Law Core Group2009 - Present
National College of Drunk Driving DefenseGeneral Member2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersGeneral Member2005 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationGeneral Member2002 - Present
Iowa Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. BraswellDismissed
State v. Michaloffamended to reckless driving license saved
State v. LovigDismissed and license saved
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
Simpson CollegeCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Story County Bar Association Annual CLEWhat Every Lawyers Should Know About OWI's2013
Annual Firefighters ConventionOWI Consequences2013
IACDL Annual ConferenceDOT Must Knows2011
24th Annual Criminal Law SeminarOWI: Putting the Tools We Have To Use2010
Anticipating Issues in Criminal CasesCell Phone Callers2009
Annual Judges ConventionOWI Update2007