Olivia D. Brooks






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

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

U.S. District Court – Southern District of Iowa

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals


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, Olivia was 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. She worked in the Drake Legal Criminal Defense Clinic as a Student Attorney where she was responsible for managing all aspects of a multi-case docket, including court appearances, research and drafting motions, and determining case strategy. Throughout law school, she also worked at the Dallas County Attorney’s Office and for Judge Vaitheswaran, Iowa Court of Appeals, as an Honors Judicial Intern. 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. 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.


American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division

Polk County Women Attorneys


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)


Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, "Administrative Law," with Elizabeth Heffernan, February 2022

Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., Employment Law Webinar Series, "Navigating Employee Leave Issues in a Pandemic Environment - The ADA, FMLA, and More?," with Rebecca Reif and Emily Kolbe, January 2021

Iowa Defense Counsel Association (IDCA), Annual Seminar, "Turning the Tables (a Reverse Panel Discussion): Questions Young Lawyers Want Answered," panel member with two other attorneys, September 2020

Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, "Work Comp Updates," with Nick Pellegrin, November 2019

Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, "Top 10 Issues & Hot Topics for Private Employers," with Nathan Overberg, November 2019

Published Articles & Books

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

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Mock Trial Committee (Co-Chair, 2020-present)