Attorney at Law, MediatorEmail 515-975-3639 Website
Graham Law Collaborative
5550 Wild Rose Lane, #400 West Des Moines, IA 50266
Hi. I’m Kimberly Graham. I’m a holistic, collaborative attorney and certified mediator. Things that make me who I am, other than being a lawyer and mediator: I lived in Stockholm, Sweden for about a year. It’s my favorite city. I speak Swedish. My kind, smart, talented son Max is my favorite person. Coffee is my favorite ice cream flavor. We love animals and have cats and a dog. My favorite saying is “people are complex” by Elie Weisel.When I’m not peacemaking or otherwise working with clients, I can be found running long distances listening to loud music, cooking and eating, watching movies, reading, writing or meditating. I had this idea to run a marathon to celebrate turning 50 and completed the Des Moines IMT Marathon in October 2014. When I started running at age 48, I could not run for more than 5 minutes without stopping. I did the Couch to 5k program and I’m now one of those people who is always training for one race or another. My education and professional experience: I graduated with honors from the University of California at Irvine with a B.A. in Humanities. I graduated from Drake University Law school with honors, where I completed internships at Legal Aid and the Warren County Attorneys Office and was president of the Drake chapter of the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers.
I served on a juvenile court task force committee to create best practices for the juvenile court in Iowa. I served as president (2012-2014) of the Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
I received Collaborative Law training from Stuart Webb, creator of Collaborative Law, and from Ron Ousky, another major force in the Collaborative Law movement. I’ve taken mediation training with David Hoffman of Boston Law Collaborative and Harvard Law School. I’ve spoken about Collaborative Law at several events, including the Story County Bar Association meeting and the International Alternative Dispute Resolution Congress.
I’ve completed two certificate programs with the Mindful Schools organization in 2014. I’ve participated in 2 meditation retreats with Noble Prize nominated peace activist, Zen master and monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.
What a Past Client Had to Say: “Kimberly did not just handle the legal aspects of my divorce, but she cared for me as a person going through a major life transition. The holistic advice I received from Kimberly helped me much more than I could have imagined. What Kimberly shared should be offered in every divorce.” D.C. Carlisle, Iowa I strive to not only take care of the legal aspects of your divorce with expertise and experience (I’ve been an attorney since 1999) but to address the emotional aspects as well. Divorce is a major life event, and finding an attorney who can guide you through it was compassion, kindness, efficiency and experience is important to your well-being, and to the well-being of any children.
What My Divorce Taught Me: My son was about 7 when my divorce was final. My son’s father and I co-parent very well. For a while after the divorce he and I had “Junk Food & Movie Night” every Friday with our son. We’d sit on the couch with our son between us and watch a movie of his choosing. This was one small thing we could do to help him understand that we would treat each other with kindness and friendship, even though we were not staying married. My parents were divorced, too. I’ve been the parent in a divorce and I’ve been the child. I truly understand what someone is going through. These experiences inform how I guide my clients through the process, with the wisdom of experience behind me.