Jenna H. Bishop






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts


J.D. (Highest Honors), Drake University, 2017

B.A., (Summa Cum Laude), Creighton University, 2014

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2017


Jenna joined the firm in 2017 as a member of the firm’s Public Law Practice Area, with a focus on economic development and urban renewal for Iowa’s cities and counties. She advises municipalities on the utilization of various economic development tools and programs within Iowa. She creates and amends urban renewal and urban revitalization plans, structures development agreements for commercial and residential development, and assists municipalities in the adoption process for these plans and agreements. She is focused on assisting clients with creative ways to maintain, renew, and revitalize their communities.

During law school, Jenna was a 2016 Summer Associate with the Ahlers firm and also clerked specifically within the Public Law Practice Area of the firm during her final semester of law school.

While in law school, Jenna competed on the ABA Negotiations and ABA Client Counseling teams and worked on the Drake Law Review, serving as Executive Editor during her final year. Jenna received the 2017 Drake Law School Public Service Certificate for the completion of 60+ hours of uncompensated legal work in the public sector.


Iowa State Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division

Polk County Bar Association

Polk County Women Attorneys


Order of the Barristers

Order of the Coif

Iowa State Bar Association, 2017 Graduating Senior Award

Drake University Law School, 2017 Public Service Certificate


Iowa League of Cities, Annual Conference, "Beyond Buildings: Creating Jobs Through Urban Renewal" with Nathan Overberg, September 2018

Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association, Spring Conference, "TIF Basics" with Nathan Overberg, April 2018

Published Articles & Books

Two Decades of Obscenity and Free Speech Issues in Hong Kong, with a U.S. Comparative Perspective, co-authored with Drake Law Professor Mark S. Kende, 46 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 317 (2018)

Note, Weeding the Garden of Pesticide Regulation: When the Marijuana Industry Goes Unchecked, 65 Drake L. Rev. 223 (2017)

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division – PR Committee & Communications Chair

Iowa Legal Aid, Volunteer Intake Attorney

Pi Beta Phi Des Moines Alumnae Club

Des Moines Community Playhouse, Curtain Crowd – Sponsorship Chair for Playhouse's 100th Anniversary