Kristine R. Stone






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

U.S. District Court – Southern District of Iowa


J.D. (with Honors), Drake University, 2006

B.A. (with Distinction), Iowa State University, 2002

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2006


With a background in municipal law, Kristine joined Ahlers & Cooney in 2017 in the Government Law Practice Area. Her practice focuses on representing cities, counties, utilities, and other public entities in the exercise of their powers and in litigation. Her experience in litigation includes trying cases before administrative agencies, at the district court level, and before the Iowa Court of Appeals.

In her general municipal practice, she counsels clients in all aspects of their operations, such as policy development, risk avoidance, public bidding, public records, open meetings, annexation, eminent domain, and more. She also reviews and prepares contracts, ordinances, agreements and resolutions.

Prior to joining the Ahlers firm, Kristine served as the City Attorney for the City of Bettendorf, Iowa, and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Ames, Iowa. As an in-house municipal lawyer, she advised elected officials, department heads and staff on legal matters, and represented the cities in administrative, district court and appellate actions. In Bettendorf, she also served as the chief negotiator in labor negotiations with four separate bargaining units. After law school, Kristine worked as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Story County in Iowa, and as a Deputy Public Defender for Ada County in Boise, Idaho.

Representative Projects

  • Currently serving as City Attorney for two central Iowa communities
  • Negotiated and drafted development agreements that included city incentives for a land-based casino expansion project, and an indoor/outdoor sports complex project, among others
  • Assisted with the development of a hybrid zoning ordinance which included intensity-based zoning districts in addition to traditional Euclidian zoning categories
  • Defended property tax appeals on behalf of a city assessor’s office before the Property Assessment Appeal Board
  • Defended city in discrimination complaint actions filed with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  • Prosecuted municipal infractions and simple misdemeanor criminal cases


Iowa State Bar Association

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association

International Municipal Lawyers Association


Ferguson Prize, Silver Award, Drake Law School, 2006

Public Service Scholarship recipient, Drake Law School


Kristine's most recent speaking engagements include:

Iowa City/County Management Association, Iowa Municipal Management Institute, "Property Acquisition 101: What to do When Negotiations Fall Apart," with Maria Brownell and Jenna Bishop, March 2021

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Annual Seminar, “Public Improvement Best Practices,” with Maria Brownell, November 2020

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Annual Conference, “Case Law Review,” with Maria Brownell, November 2019

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Webinar, "Providing Water Service to a Contested Area," with Maria Brownell, August 2019

Iowa Municipal Professionals, 2019 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, “Administrative Law” with Aaron Hilligas, July 2019

Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Muni Law 101 Workshop, "General Municipal Law," January 2019

American Public Works Association- Iowa Chapter, Spring Conference, "Iowa Civil Service" with Maria Brownell and Jim Wainwright, April 2018

Kristine has also conducted internal employee training sessions on the topics of ethics, purchasing and open records.

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Clive Community Services, Board member, 2021 - present

ISBA Government Practice Section Council, 2019 - present

Iowa Legal Aid, Volunteer Intake Attorney

Rotary Club of Des Moines AM, 2018-2019

Bettendorf Rotary Club, 2013-2017