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Priscilla takes the time to listen to her clients and zealously works to resolve their cases in the best way possible. 

Priscilla E Forsyth began her career as a bailiff for Judge Frederick J Martone in Phoenix Arizona in 1986. She worked at the Maricopa County Public Defenders office from 1987 to 1992 and then returned to Iowa.  In Iowa she has been an assistant county attorney, a Federal Public Defender and in private practice. 

She is currently a solo praticioner, handling immigration and criminal cases.  

Priscilla E Forsyth is a past board member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where she also Chaired the Indigent Defense Committee and remains a life member of NACDL

Priscilla is a former Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Iowa/Nebraska Chapter of AILA.



Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 65%
    9 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    29 years
  3. General Practice: 5%
    29 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Heidi Lynn Oligmueller

    Priscilla is extremely knowledgeable and great to work with. She is very passionate about helping her clients.


    Heidi Oligmueller Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Anna Marie Kerner Andersson

    Priscilla is an excellent, very experienced immigration lawyer.


    Anna Kerner Andersson Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Priscilla E Forsyth Attorney at Law

505 Fifth Street Ste 400
Sioux City, IA, 51101


AZResigned 198607/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
President's Certificate of AppreciationNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Solo practitionerForsyth Law Office2007 - Present
Assistant Federal DefenderFederal Defender Office2001 - 2007
Solo practitionerForsyth Law Office1993 - 2001
Assistant County AttorneyDickinson County Attorney's Office1992 - 1992
Deputy Public DefenderMaricopa County Public Defender's Office1987 - 1992
BailiffJudge Frederick J. Martone1986 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselNation's Top One Percent2015 - Present
Sioux City Public MuseumBoard of Trustees2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers Top 100Member2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Iowa/Nebraska chatper)Member2007 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife member1989 - Present
Iowa State Bar Association, criminal law sectionFormer ChairN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast Board MemberN/A
Sioux City Historic Preservation CommissionVice Chair2010 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Not Guilty Forgery Identity theftNot Guilty
NOT GUILTY ARSONNot Guilty after Jury trial
Not Guilty Possession of PrecursorsNot Guilty after Jury trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
NACDL Champion MagazineThe Call From Judy2003
NACDL Champion MagazineChampion of Indigent Defense Award2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of IowaEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
University of KansasMusicN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Brown Bag With the JudgesImmigration Law2014
Juvenile Court Services Training at LunchJuveniles and Immigration2013
Sioux City Human Rights Commission Public ForumImmigration Law2009
Sioux City Human Rights Commission Immigration Public ForumImmigration Law2008
Iowa Federal Defender Spring SeminarImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2007
Iowa Federal Defender Spring SeminarExperience with Sentencing under Booker v Washington2007
Iowa Federal Defender Fall SeminarYes we're talking Immigration2007
Iowa Federal Defender Spring SeminarBooker v Washington2005
Iowa Federal Defender Spring SeminarDefending Child Pornography Cases2004
Iowa Federal Defender Fall SeminarSentencing Issues2003
NACDL Indigent Defense SeminarDrug Courts2002
Iowa Federal Defender Fall SeminarPrivate Party Interception of Cordless Telephone Conversations1998
ISBA Criminal Law SeminarIndigent Defense Panel1997
The Women's Financial Information ProramDeciding What If.....1996
Iowa State Bar Association Annual MeetingCriminal Law Update1996
DUI: The New EraDouble Jeopary Status Report1996
Lawyers ChatauquaComputers from a Legal Perspective1995