Roxanne Conlin – Des Moines Personal Injury Lawyer

Roxanne Conlin

Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C

(515) 283-1111

(515) 282-0477

3721 SW 61st Street
Suite C
Des Moines , IA 50321

Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Roxanne Conlin

Roxanne Conlin & Associates, P.C

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Firm Summary

Roxanne Conlin has her own law firm in Des Moines, where she exclusively represents people who have been harmed by others, whether by discrimination, products, doctors or vehicles.

She entered Drake University in 1961, when she was only 16, and graduated from law school with honors five years later at the age of 21.

From 1969 to 1976, she was an Assistant Attorney General for Iowa, where she was head of the Iowa Civil Rights section and fought race and sex discrimination. She also rewrote Iowa’s inheritance laws; toughened the state’s assault laws and blocked a merger of two major utilities that would have hurt the average consumer.

She left the Attorney General’s Office to become a consultant to the United States Department of State for International Women’s Year.

In 1977, she became one of the first two women ever to be a United States Attorney. Roxanne put heroin dealers behind bars and prosecuted white-collar crimes and corruption in public office. She also served as President of the Federal Executive Council, which is composed of the heads of all seventy federal agencies.

Roxanne has devoted much time to individual organizations and causes and community service. She founded and was the first chair of the Iowa Women’s Political caucus, and was president and general counsel of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. She has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the fifty most influential women lawyers in America, one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and one of the top 10 litigators.

Her achievements have brought such honors as induction into the Iowa Woman’s Hall of Fame and national attention such as selection in 1975 as one of the 44 Women Who Could Save America and in 1976 as one of 44 Women Qualified for Cabinet Position.

In June of 1982, Roxanne won a three-way primary and became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Iowa. She was narrowly defeated in her effort to become that state’s first Democratic governor in 14 years, and its first woman governor.

She has had many other firsts. She was the first woman president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a 60,000 member organization of consumer attorneys. She was the first woman to chair the Roscoe Pound Foundation, a trial lawyers think tank. She was the founder and first chair of the Civil Justice Foundation, which provides direct support to grass roots organizations and disabled individuals.

She was inducted in 1995 into the Inner Circle of Advocates, limited to only 100 of the best plaintiff trial lawyers nationwide.

Recently, she was thrilled to have a law school scholarship named after her at the University of Missouri. She also received the Rosalie Wahl Award from the Minnesota Women Lawyers Association.

She married her husband, James, on March 21, 1964. They have raised four children and have five grandchildren.


  • Democratic Nominee for Iowa for United States Senate, 2010
  • Co-Chair Edwards for President, 2008
  • Inducted into the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame as Outstanding Supporter, 2007
  • Co-Chair Edwards for President, 2004
  • Chair, Iowa Democratic Party, November, 1998 – April, 1999
  • Member, Senior Women’s Strategy Council – Mondale/Ferraro Campaign, 1984
  • Co-chair Women for Harkin Committee, 1984
  • Chair, National Policy Council, John Glenn for President Committee, 1983 – 1984
  • Democratic Nominee for Governor of Iowa, 1982
  • Chair of the panel on Food & Agricultural Policies for Democratic National Committee, Philadelphia, 1982
  • Headquarters Volunteer – Carter for President, 1976
  • Vice-Chair of Iowa Delegation to the National Mid-term Convention, 1974
  • Delegate – Iowa Democratic State Conventions, Member of the Platform, Rules and By-Laws Committee, 1964 – 1974
  • Precinct Committeewoman – Polk County Democratic Party, 1966 – 1972
  • Volunteer – Hughes for United State Senate, 1968
  • National Committeewoman – Iowa Young Democrats, 1965 – 1966
  • President – Polk County Young Democrats, 1964 – 1966
  • Volunteer – Hughes for Governor, 1962 – 1966


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. – 1966
    • Honors: Fischer Foundation Scholar
    • Honors: Representative, American Law Student Association
    • Honors: Dean: Kappa Beta Phi Legal Sorority, 1964
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Master’s Degree in Public Administration – 1979
    • Honors: Pi Alpha Alpha, Honorary Society in Public Affairs & Administration, 1978
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1964
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Alpha Lambda Delta, Women’s Honorary Sorority
    • Honors: Chi Omega Social Service Award
    • Honors: National Merit Scholarship Finalist
    • Honors: Reader’s Digest Scholar
    • Honors: Kappa Beta Pi Legal Sorority (International)
  • Harvard University
    • Honors: Recipient, Seminar Grant: Limits of Positivism: Certainty & Justice in the Law. August, 1980.

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1966