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Kelsey J. Knowles - Des Moines, IA

666 Walnut StreetSuite 2000 Des Moines, IA 50309 - 3999

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Updated: 01/16/2024

Des Moines Family Law Lawyer

Overview

Kelsey Knowles is a shareholder practicing primarily in the areas of litigation and employment law. In her litigation practice, Kelsey assists clients through all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation administrative complaints through appeals. Clients are involved throughout litigation to ensure client objectives are being achieved to the greatest extent possible. In some cases, that means reaching out for early resolution, while in other cases it means pursuing a case through appeal...

Kelsey Knowles is a shareholder practicing primarily in the areas of litigation and employment law. In her litigation practice, Kelsey assists clients through all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation administrative complaints through appeals. Clients are involved throughout litigation to ensure client objectives are being achieved to the greatest extent possible. In some cases, that means reaching out for early resolution, while in other cases it means pursuing a case through appeal.

Kelsey's employment practice focuses on helping employers navigate the always evolving area of employment including employee handbooks, the discipline process, and the complex statutory and regulatory laws governing the employer-employee relationship. While our goal is always to avoid litigation when possible, Kelsey's practice also focuses on helping employers successfully resolve litigation. Her practice also includes a focus on employment-based immigration issues.

Kelsey is a graduate of Arizona State University and of Boston College Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Boston College Law Review. At Boston College, Kelsey was the recipient of Privitera Family Award for exceptional contribution to the Law School, the Dean Denis A. Dooley Award for the student with an outstanding scholarship average and the Wendell F. Grimes Award for outstanding work in advocacy competitions. She was also a member of the 2004 National Craven Constitutional Moot Court Championship Team.

Following law school, Kelsey served as a law clerk to Judge Richard L. Nygaard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit during 2004-2005. She then served as a judicial clerk to Judge Ronald L. Longstaff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa during 2005-2007.

About Kelsey J. Knowles

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Appeals
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • White Collar Crime

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Past Positions

  • Judge Richard L. Nygaard, United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Law Clerk, 2004 - 2005
  • Judge Ronald L. Longstaff, United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa, Law Clerk, 2005 - 2007

Education

  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 2004
    J.D.
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: Privitera Family Award
    Honors: Dean Denis A. Dooley Award
    Honors: Wendell F. Grimes Award
    Honors: Member, 2004 National Craven Constitutional Moot Court Championship Team
    Law Review: Boston College Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Arizona State University, Arizona, 2001
    B.S.
    Honors: summa cum laude

Office Information

Address

666 Walnut StreetSuite 2000 Des Moines, IA 50309 - 3999

Fax

  • (515) 558-0631

Achievements

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Included on the 2023 Great Plains list


Past Lists

  • 2022 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers list

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