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. She serves as the firm's Leader for the Procurement/Contracting Practice Group.

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. Her experience in litigation includes trying cases before administrative agencies, at the district court level, and before Iowa's appellate courts.

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.

Representative Projects

  • Currently serving as City Attorney for three central Iowa communities
  • Currently serving as general counsel to the Des Moines Airport Authority
  • Engaged as special counsel to manage and litigate eminent domain actions and nuisance property actions for a large metro community
  • Assists various communities with special assessment projects and procedures
  • Reviews and negotiates construction and engineering contracts


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 Association of Municipal Utilities, Muni 101 Conference, “General Municipal Law - Part 1 & 2,” October 2021

Iowa State Bar Association, Government Practice Seminar, Panel Participant - "Hot Topics in Open Records," May 2021

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Webinar, "Right of Way Management: Legal Considerations and Best Practices," with Maria Brownell, May 2021

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 Professionals Institute 2021, “Administrative Law and Procedures,” with Aaron Hilligas, February 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 Institute 2019, “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

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Clive Community Services, Board member, 2021 - present

ISBA Government Practice Section Council, 2019 - present

Rotary Club of Des Moines AM, 2018-2019

Bettendorf Rotary Club, 2013-2017