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Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C.

3721 SW 61st StreetSuite CDes Moines, IA 50321
Phones: (515) 283-1111
Fax: (515) 282-0477
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Roxanne Conlin has her own law firm in Des Moines

Roxanne Conlin has her own law firm in Des Moines, where she exclusively represents people who have been harmed by others, whether by discrimination, products, doctors or vehicles.

She entered Drake University in 1961, when she was only 16, and graduated from law school with honors five years later at the age of 21.

From 1969 to 1976, she was an Assistant...

Read more Roxanne Conlin has her own law firm in Des Moines

Roxanne Conlin has her own law firm in Des Moines, where she exclusively represents people who have been harmed by others, whether by discrimination, products, doctors or vehicles.

She entered Drake University in 1961, when she was only 16, and graduated from law school with honors five years later at the age of 21.

From 1969 to 1976, she was an Assistant Attorney General for Iowa, where she was head of the Iowa Civil Rights section and fought race and sex discrimination. She also rewrote Iowa's inheritance laws; toughened the state's assault laws and blocked a merger of two major utilities that would have hurt the average consumer.

She left the Attorney General's Office to become a consultant to the United States Department of State for International Women's Year.

In 1977, she became one of the first two women ever to be a United States Attorney. Roxanne put heroin dealers behind bars and prosecuted white-collar crimes and corruption in public office. She also served as President of the Federal Executive Council, which is composed of the heads of all seventy federal agencies.

Roxanne has devoted much time to individual organizations and causes and community service. She founded and was the first chair of the Iowa Women's Political caucus, and was president and general counsel of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Most recently, she has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the fifty most influential women lawyers in America, one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and one of the top 10 litigators.

Her achievements have brought such honors as induction into the Iowa Woman's Hall of Fame and national attention such as selection in 1975 as one of the 44 Women Who Could Save America and in 1976 as one of 44 Women Qualified for Cabinet Position.

In June of 1982, Roxanne won a three-way primary and became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Iowa. She was narrowly defeated in her effort to become that state's first Democratic governor in 14 years, and its first woman governor.

She has had many other firsts. She was the first woman president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a 60,000 member organization of consumer attorneys. She was the first woman to chair the Roscoe Pound Foundation, a trial lawyers think tank. She was the founder and first chair of the Civil Justice Foundation, which provides direct support to grass roots organizations and disabled individuals.

She was inducted in 1995 into the Inner Circle of Advocates, limited to only 100 members nationwide. Recently, she was thrilled to have a law school scholarship named after her at the University of Missouri. She also received the Rosalie Wahi Award from the Minnesota Women Lawyers Association.

She married her husband, James, 37 years ago. They have raised four children and have four grandchildren.

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Practice Areas
Civil RightsDiscriminationElection Campaign & Political LawEmployment Law -- EmployerLegal MalpracticeLitigation & AppealsMedical MalpracticeMotor Vehicle Accidents -- PlaintiffPersonal Injury -- PlaintiffProducts Liability LawProfessional Malpractice LawSexual HarassmentToxic TortsWorkers' Compensation Law
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National College of Advocacy, Diplomate of Trial Advocacy, 2005Iowa Juneteenth Observance Liberty Award, 2005The Iowa Shares Special Recognition Award, 2005Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, 2004Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2003Mary Louise Smith Human Rights Award, Des Mones Human Rights Commission, 2003Elected to Membership, College of Labor and Employment, 2002Very Special Arts of Iowa Award, 2002United Way Award, Young Women's Resource Center, 2002Named One of the Ten Most Influential Women Attorneys, National Law Journal, 2002Mary Louise Smith Award for Racial Justice,YWCA, 2001Marie Lambert Award for Equality for Women, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2000One of Twelve Most Influential Women, Des Moines Business Record, 2000One of the Fifty Most Influential Iowans, Des Moines Register, 2000Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, 1999International Society of Lawyers for Public Service, 1999Kansas City Association of Women Lawyers, Annual Roxanne Barton Conlin Scholarship, 1999Rosalie Wahl Leadership Award, Minnesota Women Lawyers Association., 1998National Law Journal, One of 'The Fifty Most Influential Women Lawyers in America', 1998Woman of the Year,Metro Women's Network, 1997Featured in Best Lawyers in America, 1995 - Present Elected to Membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates, 1995Elected to Membership in the American Law Institute, 1995APEX Award recognizing excellence in opinion column writing for President's Page in Trial of June 1993, 1993Verne Lawyer Outstanding Member Award from the Iowa Association of Trial Lawyers, 1993Elected to Membership in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993Life Fellow of the Iowa State Bar Association, 1992One of the women featured in the book More Strongminded Women by Louise Noun, 1992Named One of 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the Nation by National Law Journal, 1991Elected to Membership in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1991Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 1990Outstanding Alumni Award, Drake University Law School, 1989Woman of Vision Award, Young Women's Resource Center, 1989Named one of the ten top litigators in an article in the National Law Journal, 1989Iowa Citizens Action Network Annual Award for Public Service, 1987Iowa Women's Hall of Fame, 1981Omicron Delta Kappa, Alumni Member, 1981Award for Outstanding Assistance - United States Secret Service, 1981Special Commendation - Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1979Special Commendation - United States Postal Inspection Service, 1978Chosen in article in McCall's Magazine November issue as one of 44 Women Qualified for a Cabinet Position, 1976Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Dubuque, 1975Chosen in article in Redbook Magazine as one of '44 Women Who Could Save America', 1975Outstanding Service to Civil Liberties presented by the Iowa Civil Liberties Union, 1974Martin Luther King, Jr. award for outstanding service, presented by Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of N.A. AFL-CIO, 1974Outstanding Young Woman of Iowa, 1974Who's Who in AmericaWho's Who in American LawWho's Who in GovernmentWho's Who of American WomenWho's Who in the MiddlewestWho's Who in PoliticsDictionary of International BiographyWorld's Who's Who of WomenThe Best Lawyers in America
Published Works
Atla's Litigating Tort Cases, West Publishing Company, June, 2003'In Defense of the American Trial Lawyer', The Aspen Institute Quarterly, Spring, Volume V, No.11, Page 128, 1993'Loser Pays' Rule: Who Pays for Injustice, with Clarence L. King, Jr., National Law Journal, July (Reprinted in Trial Magazine,, 1992'Making the Opposing Expert Tell the Truth', 22 Trial Lawyers Quarterly, Fall, No. 1, p. 50, 1991'Voir Dire Examination and Jury Selection', Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, ATLA Press, 3rd Edition, 1991'Litigation Explosion Disputed', National Law Journal, July 29, 1991'Litigation Explosion - Tempest in a Teapot?', Trial Magazine, p. 114, Nov., 1991'Women, Power, and the Law', 26 Trial 22, Feb., 1990'Landlord Liability for Criminal Attack on Client', 35 Am. Jur. Trials 1, 1987Legal Status of Homemakers in Iowa, United States Commission on International Women's Year, November, 1976'Government Policy and the Legal Status of Women', Women in the Professions, Ed. Laurily Keir Epstein, Lexington Books, 1976Equal Protection vs. The Equal Rights Amendment - Where Are We Now?, 24 Drake Law Review 259, Winter, 1975
Burkhiser Reynolds, Kayla (Staff Attorney) Conlin, Roxanne Barton (Partner) Denison, David A. (Staff Attorney)
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3721 SW 61st StreetSuite CDes Moines, IA 50321
(515) 283-1111
(515) 282-0477
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