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Attorney Disciplinary Board

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board (ADB) 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 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.

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. 

Attorney Members

Jane Rosien Hardy, Winterset, chair

Stephanie L. Cox, Des Moines 

Andrew Van Der Maaten, Decorah

John Gosma, Davenport 

Andrew Chappell, Iowa City 

Marti Nerenstone, Council Bluffs

Michael J. Chozen, Spirit Lake

Karen J. Erger, Cedar Rapids 

Mark C. Smith, Des Moines

Non-attorney Members

Ann Knutson, Sioux City - 6/30/16

Gerald A. Zavitz, Davenport - 6/30/17

Dr. Debbie Nanda McCartney, Des Moines - 6/30/18 

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 issues a joint annual report concerning their budgets, dispositions and notable rule changes. The 2017 ADB and Grievance Commission Annual Report can be found by clicking here. The 2016 ADB and Grievance Commission Annual Report is archived here.

Contact Us

Attorney Disciplinary Board
Judicial Branch Building
1111 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa  50319
(515) 725-8017

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