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The Central Iowa Academy Of Collaborative Professionals (CIACP) is a consortium of Family Law attorneys who offer a cooperative way to divorce, unlike the traditional adversarial method. The CIACP trains and screens attorneys for membership, and is your best resource in Iowa for finding qualified collaborative lawyers for both you and your spouse. The CIACP is also your best resource in Iowa for finding qualified collaborative professionals such as Child Specialists and Financial Specialists they are available here.

Lora L. McCollom



McCollom Law Firm, PLLC

4401 Westown Parkway, Suite 208
West Des Moines, IA 50266

As a mother of two teenage daughters, I have lots of experience with creative problem solving. Who would have thought that I would use my mediation and collaborative skills as much at home as I do in the office? Although I freely admit that I only took the family law course in law school so that I could answer the question on the bar exam, family law immediately became the focus of my practice when I first opened the McCollom Law Firm in 1994. After a brief stint at a large firm in the early 2000s, I realized that I enjoy working with people far more than insurance companies, and so I re-dedicated myself to helping families navigate the legal process. My most fulfilling work is as a mediator and a collaborative attorney, both of which allow me to help families resolve their disputes with compassion and respect and – most importantly - without having their family torn apart in a courtroom. I provide a personal and supportive approach, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with each and every client. I have been married for twenty-five years (to the same man) and we have two amazing daughters. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling (especially to Aruba), wine, cooking, golf, and reading. I also often color mandalas for relaxation, since I’m terrible at meditation (because I fall asleep). I graduated from Ankeny High School in 1986, from Creighton University in 1990, and from Creighton Law School in 1993. (I was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1993 but had a difficult time finding a job, so I waited tables and worked in a mortuary until I decided to open my own firm in January 1994.) I am active in various professional organizations and I serve on the Iowa Board of Law Examiners.

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