Olivia D. Brooks






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309-2231


J.D. (High Honors), Drake University, 2019

B.A., Luther College (Political Science), 2016

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2019


Olivia Brooks joined the firm in 2019 and works in the areas of Litigation, Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law.

She works with a broad base of clients, including privately-held corporations of all sizes, insurance companies, and individuals, as well as educational institutions and government agencies. In the area of Workers’ Compensation, she provides counsel with pre-litigated preventative matters, non-litigated matters, and contested case proceedings before the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission. As part of the Litigation practice group, Olivia assists businesses in defending various claims ranging from employment/labor disputes, contract disputes, personal injury claims, product liability claims, and premises liability claims.

During law school at Drake University, Olivia served as Note Editor of the Drake Law Review in 2018-2019, and on the Junior Staff in 2017-2019. She was involved in several competition teams earning national and regional recognition: ABA Arbitration Team; ABA Moot Court Team; and the AAJ Mock Trial Team. She was also a Drake Law Research Assistant working closely with Judge Michel R. Mullins and Professor Robert Rigg on “The Iowa Sentencing Project,” which developed the Iowa Criminal Statutes Summary Chart. Throughout law school, Olivia worked in the Drake Legal Clinic, Dallas County Attorney’s Office, and for Judge Vaitheswaran, Iowa Court of Appeals, as an Honors Judicial Intern. Olivia studied abroad in Nantes, France while at Drake Law School, and in Msida, Malta while at Luther College. Olivia is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and received her bachelor’s degree from Luther College, where she was captain of the Luther Mock Trial team.


Order of the Barristers

Academic Achievement Awards for Top “A” in Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Criminal Procedure II, and Global Issues in Criminal Law

International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award

American Board of Trial Advocates Scholarship

Ben Ullem Scholarship

Drake Law School Moot Court

  • ABA Arbitration Team – Regional Champion; National Champion, Regional Semi-Finalist
  • ABA Moot Court Team – Regional Semi-Finalist
  • AAJ Mock Trial Team – Regional Semi-Finalist
  • First Year Oral Argument Competition – Finalist (2017)


Published Articles & Books

The Iowa Lawyer, “History of the Iowa Criminal Statutes Summary Chart,” September 2019

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa Legal Aid, Volunteer Intake Attorney