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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.

Annie von Gillern

Attorney, Mediator


von Gillern Law Firm, PLC

2500 82nd Place
Urbandale, IA 50322

My name is Annie von Gillern. I am trained as both a clinical social worker and a collaborative attorney. I primarily practice in collaborative law, mediation, and juvenile law. I am a mom to three small people (age 4, 2, and 4 months as of the date I am writing this) so my list of hobbies right now includes things like babywearing, attachment parenting, and fruit snacks. My husband and I were both born and raised in the Des Moines area and I graduated from Roosevelt High School.

I graduated from Iowa State University in 2004 with a BS in Psychology and a music minor. I received my Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Missouri-Columbia where I specialized in child welfare. After graduation from Mizzou, I was an individual trauma therapist at the Family Violence Center in Des Moines. I have focused my training and professional work in domestic violence, child welfare, and trauma practices. I am a licensed independent social worker (LISW) and worked at the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights in the Drake Legal Clinic for seven years when I first started practicing after graduate school.

While working at the Legal Clinic I attended law school part-time and graduated in 2014, just before my second child was born. I focused my coursework in family and juvenile law and was a student attorney myself in the civil clinic, working on dissolution and custody cases.

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