Amy Skogerson

Collaborative Attorney, Mediator & Peacemaker

Amy sincerely focuses on the thoughts and feelings of everyone in her life: family, friends, clients and colleagues. The proof is in the many client/colleague relationships that have grown into friendships.

Amy is constantly in motion—working on fun projects and traveling with her husband Erik (often taking road trips on their Harley Davidson Ultra Classic), volunteering at the Des Moines YMCA Camp, hosting parties at the family vineyard with her mom Gloria, or participating in professional organizations and events that promote peace and understanding in the practice of law.

Erik and Amy have three adult daughters: Megan, Jessica and Erika-mychael. Amy’s experiences with these beautiful, intelligent young women include being a foster/adoptive parent and a step-parent (a/k/a “Bonus Mom”)—roles she cherishes deeply.

Amy is a proud native and current resident of Adel, home of United Brick & Tile and the famed Sweet Corn Festival. She is equally proud to claim the small town of Van Meter, where she has a beautiful, historic office building and where her maternal grandfather was raised on a farm with 14 brothers and sisters. Amy’s career has allowed her to work with clients and colleagues throughout central and southwest Iowa and has provided the opportunity to fuse her big city experience with small town service.

Having been touched by divorce in a multitude of ways both personally and professionally, Amy works from a unique empathetic, holistic point of view in the area of family law. She recognizes the importance of knowing the law and the facts of a case while remaining sensitive to the significant emotional and financial impacts of divorce on the entire family. Amy also celebrates the opportunity to handle foster and step-parent adoptions whenever possible.

Amy’s style of practice is caring, organized and straightforward. Her office is custom designed to provide peace, tranquility and direction during difficult times. Amy invites you to stop by for a cup of coffee and to relax in your own serenity space as long as you like.

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PRESENT

Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Certified Domestic Relations Mediator
Section Council, Iowa State Bar Association Family & Juvenile Law Section
Adjunct Professor of Family Law, Drake University Law School
General Legal Counsel, Southern Iowa Rural Water Association
Chair, Des Moines YMCA Camp Board of Managers

PAST

Co-Chair, Iowa State Bar Association Rural Practice Committee
Adjunct Professor of Mediation, Drake University Law School
Chair, Iowa State Bar Association Family & Juvenile Law Section
Grievance Commissioner, Iowa Supreme Court Disciplinary Board
Iowa Domestic Abuse Death Review Team
State Judicial Nominating Commission
Iowa Association for Justice Board of Governors
Partner, Skogerson & Maxwell Leckband, P.C.
Partner, Jungmann & Skogerson, P.C.
Juris Doctor Degree, Creighton University School of Law (2002)
Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Restaurant Institution Management,
Iowa State University College of Family & Consumer Sciences (1999)

“When I came to Amy her law partner described her as ‘smart and ethical.’ To that, now, I would have to add some additional things. First, she has a spirit of fun that was really nice to have along the way. It extends from her sense of humor to her love of ‘artsy and weird.’ Most important, though, I would add that she has a genuine spirit of humanness. She helped me stay (get back) on an even keel and do the right thing that I really wanted to do all along. With her straightforward tact and sympathetic understanding and knowledge she was able to ease my ‘scares’ and concerns. She displayed humor, honesty, dignity, humility and compassion during the whole ordeal. Once again my most sincere thanks and I thank Amy for being a ‘friend’ through it all.  She beautifully handled my case not once but twice and is now my dear friend.  I will forever cherish our friendship.” - Debbie
“Whenever I find out Amy is on the other side of a case I know we will be operating in integrity and fairness.” - Kimberly J. Stamatelos, Attorney / Author of “The Compassionate Lawyer” / Co-Founder of The Compassionate Alliance
“Amy’s approach to family law is to have a smile on her face and assure you that everything will be ok, because it will be. This is not a fight, but peaceful interaction between the parties to come to a conclusion that works for everyone. I never would have thought that mediation would work, and I was so wrong. My relationship with our kids is not one of weekly visitations, rather a co-parenting agreement that works for the best interest of our children.”  ~Jim
“We are thankful to Amy for helping our family become complete!  Her caring and compassion really made our adoption process go smoothly!  She definitely holds a special place in our hearts.”  - Jana