Andrea McGinn

Collaborative Attorney & Consultant

From the moment you step into her office, Andrea greets you with respect and a smile. She wants to hear your story and guide you through your legal proceedings with compassion and knowledge, so you can come out on the other side feeling heard and ready to take on the next chapter in your life.

Andrea grew up in Runnells, Iowa, on the family farm. She now resides in Pleasant Hill with her husband, Nick, their two sons, Nolan and Nash and their two dogs: Leonidus (Leo), a Bulldog, and Ellie, a Lab mix. When Andrea isn’t in the office, she is enjoying the company of family and friends, traveling, or floating on a boat at their family lake house in Missouri.

Their children keep Andrea and Nick on their toes. Family is Andrea’s number one priority, and she maintains this position in her law practice by staying focused on the long-range best interests of her clients and their children.

Andrea attended the University of Iowa for undergrad and majored in psychology (Go Hawks!). She then moved back home to Des Moines, where she graduated from Drake Law School. Andrea’s attention to detail and knowledge of the law, combined with her empathetic practice style, ensure that you and your family will be in good hands throughout your legal journey. She will do everything she can to help you come out on the other side feeling like your story was told and you received a fair outcome for you and your family.

Andrea enjoys practicing in the areas of family law, including collaborative divorce, traditional divorce, custody, child support, Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and Child & Family Reporter (CFR) work, termination of parental rights and adoptions. She also practices child welfare law, assisting families with children in need of assistance involved with the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. This includes parent representation, child representation, assisting relatives or individuals seeking placement of a child, and appealing certain DHHS matters. Andrea has a passion for working with children and families and welcomes anyone into her peaceful, warm office space in Van Meter.

Andrea McGinn, Iowa Collaborative Law Family Attorney

PRESENT

Iowa Bar Association – Chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Section
Dallas and Polk County Bar Associations
Iowa Association for Justice
Iowa Collaborative Divorce
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Iowa Domestic Abuse Death Review Team
Child Protection Council
Safe Babies/Zero to Three Court Team Attorney
Iowa Supreme Court Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force
Board Member, Iowa Law Firm Incubator

PAST

Court Appointed Special Advocate
Owner, McGinn Law, PLLC
Juris Doctor, Drake University Law School
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Spanish University of Iowa

 

"Amy was instrumental in helping my daughters through a very difficult time in our lives. Not only was she incredibly professional and always prepared, she was extremely caring. Amy always had their best interest in mind and was always working to help them." – Aric
"When I met Amy, I knew I had found the right person to handle my divorce. Not only was she compassionate but she was honest - I could trust her to give it to me straight. At the same time, she looked into all of my concerns through the lens of the law, logic and love. She kept me grounded during a time that was chaotic. And we were able to stay focused on what mattered most - my kids." – Jenny
“I have enjoyed working with Amy on several projects over the years. She brings good ideas and much enthusiasm to the table. She also is open minded to other’s suggestions and willing to work on those ideas as well.” ~Phil Garland, Attorney, Garner, Iowa
"I attended an Unbundled Services Training at The Law Shop in 2019 and wasn't sure what to expect when I walked through the door. We've all been excited for a training just to struggle to keep our eyes open throughout the event. But guys – this was a training like no other! Amy Skogerson and Andrea McGinn provided me with all the information, resources, and advice necessary to go out and crush an unbundled practice, all while remaining warm, inviting, and approachable. I have now completely unbundled my family law and estate planning practices and am LOVING the increased options for my clients. I could not be more grateful to Amy and Andrea for the time, energy, and expertise they have poured into this training. I could not possibly give a more glowing recommendation than this one for The Law Shop." – Dawn Hernandez, Attorney & Mediator, Des Moines, Iowa