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My desire to be of service to others is what led me to law school. I believe that in order to serve and help you navigate the legal system, I need to first meet you where you are - this means recognizing your unique needs, listening to your objectives with a clear mind, having honest conversations, asking the necessary questions, mapping out potential outcomes, and walking through how each one may impact your business. In my practice, I assist clients in business transactions, estate planning, real estate & construction, and government and regulatory matters.

My Approach:

I pride myself on my adaptability - my ability to work with a wide variety of clients, while understanding where each one stands in their journey, and providing individualized advice to help them reach their end goals.

More About Me:

Rooted in El Salvador, born in Alaska, raised in Des Moines. As the first person in my family to attend college and graduate school, I have learned how to navigate unknown territory in order to reach my goal of helping others do the same - navigating new territory. Whether you are starting a new business, launching a new product or service, or revamping your business model or strategy, I will facilitate the process for you every step of the way.

During my free time, I love to travel, attend festivals and concerts, and enjoy good cuisine with friends and family.

My Specialties:

  • Business Transactions
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate, Construction, & Environmental
  • Governmental & Regulatory
  • Financial Services
  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Taxation Law

Iowa Supreme Court Addresses Iowa Housing Practices: What You Need to Know

05-2-2023 A recent Iowa Supreme Court (the “Court”) case sheds light on illegal housing practices enumerated under the Des Moines Code of Ordinances, specifically in section 62-101, which provides that it shall be an illegal discriminatory housing practice to “[s]teer or channel a prospective buyer into or away from an area because of race, sex, sexual...
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Amanda McDade



University of Iowa

B.A., Political Science and Ethics and Public Policy, 2017


Drake University Law School

J.D., with high honors, 2020


Iowa, 2020

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association