Matthew Brandes

Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC



Mitchell Hamline 1981 JD

Admitted to Practice

Minnesota 1981 Iowa 1985

Legal Organizations

  • Co-Chair, Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Task Force (2016-2018)
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Member, Board of Governors, (2012- 2016)
  • Family & Juvenile Law Section Council, 2002-2005
  • 2012-2016Reporter, Chapter 11 Study Group, 2008-2011Specialization Committee, 2001-2003
  • Linn County Bar Association 1985-Present
  • Sixth Judicial District 2002-Present
  • Member, Mediation Advisory Committee (2007-Present)
  • Member, Family Law Procedures Committee (2002-2006)
  • Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa, Inc. 2002-Present
  • Board President (2002-2005)
  • Association of Family and Concilliation Courts 2002-Present
  • Iowa Association of Mediators 2010-Present
  • Iowa Assoicatio of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Inc. 1988-2011.

CLE Presentations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 2011 Annual Family and Juvenile Law Section Seminar “The Best of the Best in Family Law Cocuments”
  • 2010 annual Family and Juvenile Law Section Seminar “Effective Discovery in Family Law Cases”
  • 2008 2nd Annual Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar “Revies of Iowa Rule of Court Chapter 11:  Governing Standards of Practice for Lawyer Mediators in Family Law Disputes”
  • 2008 Annual Family and Juvenile Law Section Seminar “Collaborative Law-It’s not an Oxymoron”
  • 2008 Fall Traveling Seminar “Straight Talk (Bench Bar)”
  • Iowa Association of Mediators
  • 2012 Annual Summer Conference “Reflections on the Impact of Chapter 11”
  • 2010 Annual Summer Conference “Ethical Dilemmas for Mediators” Panel Presentation and Discussion
  • Iowa Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • 2006 Annual Family Law Seminar “Mediation Issues for Family Law Practitioners”
  • 2004 Annual Family Law Seminar “Trends in Shared Care and Extraordinary Visitation”
  • Iowa Legal Aid
  • 2006 Ethical Issues, Contemporary Dissolution Problems, and Unique Aspects in Representing New Iowans “Ethical Considerations in Representing Clients with Limited English Proficiency”
  • Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa
  • 2013 Hot and Timely Topics in Family Law
  • National Business Institute, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 2008 Equitable Divorce Settlements
  • 2007 Family Law Update
  • 2006 Negotiating the Best Possible Settlement for Your Clients in Iowa Dissolution of Marriage “Fairly Dividing Your Assets and Liabilities”
  • 2004 Iowa Family Law Practice “Family Law Update”
  • Handling the Divorce Case”, and “Child, Custody, and Visitation Issues”
  • 2004 Complex Issues in Divorce for the Iowa Practitioner
  • “Asset and Liability Division and Spousal Support/Maintenance”
  • “Child Custody and Support”
  • and “The Lawyer’s Ethical Responsibility During Dissolution of Marriage”
  • 2003 Family Law In Iowa “Family Law Developments”
  • “Initial Considerations”
  • and “Consideerations in Child Custody”
  • 2002 Family Law Litigation In Iowa “The Initial Interview”
  • 2001 Handling Your First Divorce Case “Initial Considerations-What to Do When You Take Your First Divorce Case”
  • 2000 Family Law Litigation in Iowa “The Initial Interview, Overview, Control and Focus”
  • 2000 Child Custody and Time Sharing in Iowa “Federal and International Law Governing Parental Rights and Responsibilities”
  • 1993 Worker’s Compensation.

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