Matthew J. Brandes is a member of Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC. His practice is limited to Family Law and Mediation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brandes was a member of the Cedar Rapids firm of Simmons Perrine PLC and served a term on that firm's management committee.
Mr. Brandes practices primarily in the areas of Family Law and Mediation. Mr. Brandes represents individuals in all aspects of domestic relations including Dissolution of Marriage, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Premarital Agreements, and related matters.
Mr. Brandes' Family Law practice includes the following: mediation, litigation, appellate advocacy, and collaborative law.
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In the Supreme Court of Iowa, No. 2-271 / 11-1398
In Re the Marriate of Diana L. Kimbro and Steven C. Kimbro; Upon the Petition of Diana L. Kimbro, Petitioner-Appellee and Concerning Steven C. Kimbro, Respondent-Appellant
County Case No. CDDM036929
In re: Marriage of Kimbro, 826 N.W.2d 696 (Iowa 2013)
In the Supreme Court of Iowa, No. 39 / 03-1131
In Re the Marriage of DeAnn Patricia Schriner and John Kenneth Schriner; Upon the Petition of DeAnn Patricia Schriner, Appellee and Concerning John Kenneth Schriner, Appellant
Linn County Case No. CDDM029810
In re: Marriage of Schriner, 690 N.W.2d 698 (Iowa App. 2004)
In re: Marriage of Schriner, 695 N.W.2d 493 (Iowa 2005)
Decision w/Published Opinion
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Simmons Perrine Attorneys Added to Best Lawyers in America 2013
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Matt Brandes elected to ISBA Board of Governors
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Iowa Supreme Court adopts Chapter 11 Study Group Recommendations
On November 10, 2011, the Iowa Supreme Court ordered the replacement of chapter 11 of the Iowa Court Rules. Chapter 11 addresses standards of conduct for mediators. The previously appointed Chapter 11 Study Group recommended the changes. Matt Brandes served as reporter for the group.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Matt Brandes speaks at Family and Juvenile Law seminar
On October 27, 2011, Matt Brandes spoke at the Iowa State Bar Association's Family and Juvenile Law continuing education program. He was part of a panel that presented on Family Law documents. His topic and materials related to suggested language for real estate transfers and suggested clauses for division of ERISA qualified retirement plans in divorce settlement agreements.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Matt Brandes serves on study group for ethical guidelines for lawyer mediators in family disputes
On December 7, 2010, the Iowa Supreme Court solicited public comment on whether to replace Iowa's current rules governing standards of practice for lawyer mediators in family disputes with the 2005 Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. The change was recommended by what is known as the Chapter 11 Study Group, composed of representatives from relevant sections of the Iowa State Bar Association and others. Matt Brandes served as reporter for the group.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Firm Hosts Collaborative Family Law Seminar
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC hosted a seminar on collaborative family law on March 11-12, 2010. The seminar presenters were Stuart Webb and Ronald Ousky. Mr. Webb founded collaborative law in 1990 and the two have authored a book entitled THE COLLABORATIVE WAY TO DIVORCE: The Revolutionary Method that Results in Less Stress, Lower Cost, and Happier Kids – Without Going to Court. Collaborative law is a non-adversarial process that views the issues arising from a divorce (or other family law dispute) as a series of battles to be solved rather than fought. Jake Koller, Allison Heffern, Larry Gutz, Brian Fagan, and Matthew Brandes participated in the seminar.
William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1981)
University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1975)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward J. McManus, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 1983-1985
State of Minnesota, 1981
MEMBERSHIPS, OFFICES AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS IN BAR ASSOCIATIONS
Iowa State Bar Association
American Bar Association (1985-Present)
MEMBERSHIPS AND OFFICES IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS
Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa, Inc. (President 2002-2004)
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Iowa District Court for the Sixth Judicial District
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