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Shannon Diane Simms

Business Attorney at Waterloo, IA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found

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About Shannon

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I am a licensed Attorney, certified Mediator and certified Collaborative Law Attorney in the State of Iowa and am passionate about providing quality client service through competency, communication and compassion. I am a part of the general practice firm, Nelson Law Firm, PLLC, where I provide legal services at our main office in Waterloo, Iowa and branch office in Grundy Center, Iowa. My practice areas include but are not limited to, business law, real estate, mediation, family law, including collaborative family law, creditors' rights law (including subrogation, collections and foreclosure), estate planning, probate, guardian/conservator law, and guardian ad litem services. I am also a certified Mediator and Collaborative Law Attorney, where I enjoy providing alternative dispute resolution services. Contact me at , for our Waterloo office, or for our Grundy Center office, to discuss your legal needs.

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Nelson Law Firm, PLLC
3112 Brockway Rd
Po Box 1020
Waterloo, IA, 50701-5103


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Posted by Megan | April 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney, Highly Recommend
I've worked with Shannon on setting up our different businesses and will preparation. She is very responsive, sincere, helpful, extremely knowledgeable, and easy to work with. I could go on and on. A fantastic attorney to say the least.
Posted by Cindy | April 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Land sell & purchase
My husband and I have enlisted the services of Shannon Simms to purchase two different farms, an acreage in forclosure and also sell a lake place. With Shannon's professional knowledge of real estate laws the transactions went smoothly. Shannon also dealt with The Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the forclosed acreage and communicated with us often during the proceedings. I would recommend Shannon Simms to anyone looking for a knowledgeable lawyer.
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Posted by Diane | April 5, 2016
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Top-Notch Probate & Estate Planning Attorney
My husband and I hired Shannon as our attorney for our estate planning needs and then myself for the probate process of my husband's estate. Not only is she an expert in these areas, but she was also kind and compassionate during the most difficult time in my life. She is definitely the attorney to select!
Posted by Ryan | April 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Real Estate & Business Attorney
Shannon has represented me in my real estate transactions, both agricultural and commercial, and my businesses with all of their legal needs, for several years now. She is very knowledgeable in both areas and I always feel that my personal and business interests are well taken care of in her expertise. I would definitely recommend her to anyone I know as she is efficient, thorough, and knowledgeable.
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2016
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Divorce Attorney
Shannon was understanding to my situation and fought to get the most for me and my kids. She did explain what would happen in Iowa being a no-fault state if we ended up in court, but encouraged my ex and I to try to agree on things if possible outside of attorneys. Possibly having the initial consultation free wouldn't be as pricey, but also lowered her usual escrow retainer so it worked out. Divorce is expensive and don't really want to go through another one!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Nelson Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2010 - Present


  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Iowa State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • In re Estate of Geiger
  • Affirmed (successful)
  • Progressive Insurance vs. Toolate, Ailema
  • Affirmed (Successful)
  • Humphrey vs. Humphrey
  • Affirmed (succesful)


  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Board of Governors, Elected Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Judicial Nominating Committee, Elected Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Iowa Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Grundy County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Black Hawk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Highest Honors
  • Iowa State University
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Protect Your Assets
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was counsel in a dissolution matter with Shannon as opposing counsel. While protecting her client's interest she was still fair and respectful which is exactly what an attorney should be. If I was hiring an attorney in a family law matter, I would give Shannon serious consideration."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon is an excellent attorney, with the knowledge, skills, and dedication to represent her clients fully and effectively. I have had the chance to work with Shannon on a variety of matters and she consistently demonstrates professionalism and care for her clients. I highly recommend Shannon."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shannon does a great job of advocating strongly for her clients while maintaining a professional demeanor. I strongly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with Shannon since 2010 when she started working at Nelson Law Firm, PLLC. She is an outstanding attorney in every area of practice. Shannon is diligent, knowledgeable and a great advocate for her clients. Shannon's dedication to her community speaks volumes about her character as well. I would not hesitate to recommend and fully endorse Shannon Simms."
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