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Board of Counselors

The Board of Counselors seeks to advance the cause of legal education and promote the interests of Drake Law School.

The Drake Law School Board of Counselors is an association of distinguished alumni and attorneys who meet on campus three times during the academic year to discuss issues related to the Law School and serve as advisers to the dean.

2021-22 Drake Law School Board of Counselors


Emily Anderson, 
AS'04, LW'07
Partner, RSH Legal
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tom Bernau, BN'85, LW'88
President, Bernau Capital
West Des Moines, Iowa

David Brown,
Partner, Hansen, McClintock & Riley
Des Moines, Iowa

Richard M. Calkins,
Mediator/Arbitrator, Calkins Mediation Services
Urbandale, Iowa

Elizabeth Coonan,
Shareholder Attorney, Dentons Davis Brown Law Firm
Des Moines, Iowa

Diane Crookham-Johnson,
Principal Attorney, Crookham-Johnson Law Office
Oskaloosa, Iowa

Lindsey Davis,
Partner, Zelle LLP
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Clarissa Davison
, LW'21
Law Clerk, Southern District of Iowa, Bankruptcy Court
Windsor Heights, Iowa

Barbara Quijano Decker,
 LA'72, GR'73, LW'00
Executive Director, Catholic Charities
West Des Moines, IA

Denny Drake,
 LA'73, LW'77
Grimes, IA

David Erickson, 
LA'74, LW'79
Senior Shareholder, Dentons Davis Brown Law Firm
Magistrate Judge, Polk County
Des Moines, Iowa

Danielle Foster-Smith, AS'97, LW'00
Vice President, Legal Services, and General Counsel
Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Des Moines, Iowa

Marc Franson
, BN'77, GR'77, LW'80
Managing Partner, Chapman & Cutler, LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Amy Gandhi,
AS'06, LW'12
Corporate Counsel, Wright Service Corp.
West Des Moines, Iowa

Jeffrey Goodman
, LW'85
President, Goodman Law, PC
West Des Moines, Iowa

David Gorsche
, LW'91
Assistant General Counsel, Wells Fargo
Des Moines, Iowa

Patrick Grant, LW'76
Chair Emeritus and former President and CEO
Western Stock Show Association
Denver, Colorado

Danielle Haindfield, 
JO'96, LW'99
Shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney, PC
Des Moines, Iowa

Rajee Harris
, BN'10, LW'13, GR'13
COO, Real Estate Operating Company Investments 
Principal Real Estate Investors
Des Moines, Iowa

Kristin Hays, 
SVP, Global Communications, Sabre Corporation
Irving, Texas

Thomas Henderson,
LA'77, LW'80
Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy PLC
Des Moines, Iowa

Jon Hoak
, LW'77
Of Counsel, Benesch Law Firm
Oakwood, Ohio

Lee Hook
, LW'81
Partner, Peddicord Wharton Law Firm
West Des Moines, Iowa

Jeff Karch, 
GR'93, LW'93
Deputy Chief Counsel and Director Global
Regulatory Compliance & Data Governance,
John Deere Financial
Johnston, Iowa

Ruby Kazi
, LW'03
Of Counsel, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
San Francisco, California

Tye Klooster
, LW'03
Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Chicago, Illinois

Chad Knapp
, LW'02
Associate Attorney, LaMarca Law Group
Des Moines, Iowa

Kathleen Law, 
Partner, Nyemaster Goode PC
Des Moines, Iowa

Dionna Lewis, LW'11
Managing Attorney, District Legal Group, PLLC
Washington, DC

Jill Link
, PH'05, LW'07
Member, McKee Voorhees & Sease PLC
Des Moines, Iowa

The Honorable David May,
Judge, Iowa Court of Appeals
Polk City, Iowa

Todd McGuire
, AS'96, LW'99
Partner, Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP
Kansas City, Missouri

Bill Miller, LW'02
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Des Moines, Iowa

Riley Noble
President, Student Bar Association 2021-2022, Drake Law School
Grimes, Iowa

Jerry Patterson, LW'92
President, Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company
Fidelity Investments
Boston, Massachusetts

Kevin Patrick,
Attorney, Nyemaster Goode PC
Des Moines, Iowa

The Honorable David Porter,
District Court Judge, Iowa District 5C
Des Moines, Iowa

Timothy Pratt,
Former Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
and General Counsel, Boston Scientific Corp
Kansas City, Missouri

Jennifer Richter,
LW'91, JO'91
Partner, Chair of Telecommunications, Media & Technology Practice
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
Washington, DC

William Scales,
Associate, Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin, PLLC
Nashville, Tennessee

Miranda Lundeen Soto,
Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Miami, Florida

Michael Staab,
Co-CEO, Innovative Rx Strategies, LLC
Deerfield, Illinois

Chinyere Ukabiala
, LW'01
Ombudsperson, Grinnell College
Des Moines, Iowa

Lance Vander Linden
, LW'82
Former Chairman and CEO of National Bankruptcy Services
Dallas, Texas

Margaret White, 
AS'06, LW'13
Associate General Counsel, EMC Insurance Companies
Des Moines, Iowa

Greg Wilcox
, LW'82
Shareholder, Nyemaster Goode PC
Des Moines, Iowa


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