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Jennifer A. Russell

Attorney

Jennifer graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1996 with a B.A. in Criminology with honors on the Dean’s List. She graduated from Creighton University Law School in 2000. While in law school, she was the winner of the Domestic Moot Court Competition and her criminal law article published in the law review.

From 2000-2003, Jennifer practiced in all areas of family law, juvenile law and criminal defense at a private practice in Des Moines.

From 2003-2007, she was a prosecutor with the Warren County Attorney’s Office. She handled all criminal offenses, including simple misdemeanors, indictable misdemeanors and felonies. As a Warren County Assistant Attorney, she led the juvenile delinquency docket, and handled numerous jury trials including several felony drug cases and a vehicular homicide.

From 2007 to 2014, Jennifer was an assistant public defender Des Moines. She handled a very high caseload of felony criminal offenses, including sex abuse, burglary, robberies, felony assaults, vehicular homicides, felony kidnapping, felony drug offenses, thefts, all property crimes, stalking, and at least 10 Class A kidnapping and murder cases.

From 2014 to 2015, Jennifer was the lead felony prosecutor at the Story County Attorney’s Office and main sex abuse prosecutor. Jennifer took on a leadership role in the office training younger attorneys, police officers, SART nurses, etc. She also helped to prosecute one murder case in Story County. Jennifer is an experienced trail lawyer, averaging 6-8 jury trials a year for the past 15 years.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Adoptions
  • Assault
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Collaborative family law
  • Criminal law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Drivers license suspension
  • Drug crimes
  • DUI/DWI
  • Family law
  • Fathers rights
  • Felonies
  • Juvenile law
  • Misdemeanors
  • Sexual assault
  • Traffic violations
  • Visitation rights

ADMITTED

  • Iowa, 2000

EDUCATION

  • Creighton Law School, JD, 2000
  • University of Northern Iowa, BA, 1996

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Iowa State Bar Association

Why Hire Hope Law Firm?

  • We have a high success rate in handling complex divorce cases.

  • We take an aggressive approach & have a proven track record.

  • We treat you with compassion, honesty, dignity and respect.

  • When we take your case to trial, we don't stop until we win!

The Opinions That Matter Most

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  • “Our experience with Hope Law was professional, friendly and done in a timely manner. ”

    JoLynn K.

  • “Great knowledge on what is possible when settling stipulations and really goes to work for you and has your best interests a priority.”

    Jennifer P.

  • “She helped me win each court battle I was in, including the appellate court.”

    Katie S.

  • “She is great and everyone there. Would sometimes take 1-2 days for a response email so only reason I gave 4 out of 5 in response time- but it was fine.”

    Jess

  • “Charlotte is a knowledgeable, trustworthy attorney who guided me through the process.”

    Kelsey T.

  • “She is kind, caring, and thoughtful, yet she is able provide her clients with the necessary knowledge and experience at just the right times. I would highly recommend her!”

    Sheree D.

  • “She was understanding and helpful, reassuring, and offered guidance every step of the way. She was very quick to respond to phone calls and emails.”

    Megan H.

  • “Katie and Shelby are wonderful. Professional and friendly. They made the process of my divorce very easy for me.”

    Cammie H.

  • “Anyone looking for a lawyer for divorce/child custody I recommend going with hope law firm.”

    Adam W.

  • “Good results and were able to settle things with ex' lawyer.”

    Sara

  • “Jennifer was amazing to work with.”

    Jessica H.

  • “Steve was great working with me at the last minute on a prenup that was not finished and several mistakes were made on my now husband's lawyer's side.”

    Jill T.

  • “Katie was very helpful during my stressful divorce.”

    Kristen L.

  • “I highly recommend Katie for any of your legal matters as she is very knowledgeable, thorough, honest, and takes a personal interest in you!”

    Kelly R.

  • “Very professional and I am very satisfied with the outcome of everything.”

    I. G.