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Attorney Disciplinary Board

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board ("ADB" or "Board") is authorized and created by the Iowa Supreme Court in Court Rule 34.6.  The Board is responsible for receiving and initiating ethics complaints against attorneys whose practice falls within the Board’s jurisdiction.  Each complaint opened pursuant to Iowa Court Rule 35.4 is investigated, and the Board then dismisses the complaint, privately admonishes the attorney, or seeks formal discipline (a public reprimand, a term of suspension, or license revocation).  All public discipline is imposed by the Supreme Court in the form of a publicly-accessible court order.  Interested persons may search for the disciplinary history of any Iowa lawyer at this website (click on "search lawyers").

Board Meetings and Members

The Board meets quarterly to review allegations of attorney misconduct by Iowa’s lawyers. At these meetings, the Board also reviews policies and procedures for attorney discipline. The Board consists of nine volunteer attorneys and three volunteer laypersons, all of whom are formally appointed by the Court for up to two 3-year terms.  The Board also includes four prosecutors, several investigators and support staff, and an administrator. 

Chairperson                                                                                                   

Jane Rosien, Winterset   

Attorney Members

Stephanie L. Cox, Des Moines

Karen J. Erger, Cedar Rapids

Nicholas G. Pothitakis, Burlington

Lucas J. Richardson, Ames

Reyne L. See, Marshalltown

Mark C. Smith, Des Moines

Janece Valentine, Fort Dodge

Andrew F. Van Der Maaten, Decorah

Lay Members

Dr. Debbie Nanda McCartney, Des Moines

Tim McClimon, DeWitt

Reginald Roberts, Algona

Board Executive Officer

Tara van Brederode, Assistant Director for Attorney Discipline
Office of Professional Regulation

Annual Reports

Each year the Attorney Disciplinary Board and the Grievance Commission issue a joint annual report concerning their budgets, dispositions, and notable rule changes.

The 2018 ADB and Grievance Commission Annual Report can be found here.

The 2017 ADB and Grievance Commission Annual Report can be found by clicking here

Contact Us

Attorney Disciplinary Board
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50319
(515) 348-4680

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