Jenna H. Bishop
100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309
J.D. (Highest Honors), Drake University, 2017
B.A., (Summa Cum Laude), Creighton University, 2014
Jenna joined the firm in 2017 as a member of the firm’s Public Law Practice Area, after clerking with the firm while she attended Drake Law School. Jenna primarily works with cities and counties throughout the state of Iowa. While she works on a wide variety of municipal matters, Jenna's focus is on economic development and real estate projects.
Jenna serves as the firm's Economic Development/Urban Renewal Practice Group leader. In this area of her work, Jenna advises municipalities on the utilization of various economic development tools and programs within Iowa, including urban renewal, urban revitalization, and state inventive programs such as Workforce Housing Loans. She creates and amends urban renewal plans and urban revitalization plans, structures development agreements for commercial and residential development projects, and assists municipalities in the adoption process for these plans and agreements. Jenna strives to find creative ways for her clients to use the tools and programs available to them in order to maintain, renew and revitalize their communities.
In the Real Estate & Environmental Practice Group, Jenna helps clients navigate real estate transactions from start to finish. She also brings her experience with municipalities to city real estate projects and the unique requirements for cities acquiring or selling property.
While attending Drake 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 of law school. Also, Jenna completed 60+ hours of uncompensated legal work in the public sector, earning a Public Service Certificate upon her graduation.
Iowa State Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division
Polk County Bar Association
Polk County Women Attorneys
Selected to give keynote address at Drake Law Review Awards Banquet, March 2019
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, “Should Your City Use Urban Renewal Minimum Assessment Agreements?,” with Nathan Overberg, September 2019
Iowa State University, 2019 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, “Financing Options and Economic Development,” with Maria Brownell, Jason Comisky and Kristin Cooper, July 2019
Iowa State Association of County Auditors, Summer Conference, “The Auditor’s role in Real Estate Transactions,” July 2019
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 Legal Aid, Volunteer Intake Attorney
Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division – PR Committee & Communications Chair (2017-2019)
Polk County Women Attorneys, Board of Directors, 2019 Basket Auction Co-Chair
Pi Beta Phi Des Moines Alumnae Club
Des Moines Community Playhouse, Curtain Crowd – Sponsorship Chair for Playhouse's 100th Anniversary