Brooke Timmer

Phone: (515) 254-1999
Fax: (515) 254-9923

Brooke Timmer was born May 24, 1980, in Waterloo, Iowa. She grew up in Aplington, and graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly in 2002. After graduation, Brooke traveled to New Zealand, Australia, England, Fiji, and South Korea.

Brooke attended Drake University Law School, where she served as Student Bar Association President during the 2005-2006 school year. She also served as Governor of the Eighth Circuit for the American Bar Association–Law Student Division and as Projects Editor of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. During her final year of law school, members of her graduating class awarded Brooke the Martin Tollefson Award in recognition of her leadership and service to the law school. She also was selected by the law school faculty to receive the Most Outstanding Senior Award, which honors a student who is expected to be the most successful member of the class in leadership to the Iowa Bar.

Brooke earned her J.D. with honors in May 2006 and was admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa in September 2006. Brooke is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Iowa Employment Lawyers Association, and the Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ). She has been selected as the Publicity Chair on the Iowa State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, serves as co-chair of the Developing New Attorney committee of NELA and is on the Board of Governors for IAJ. She is immediate past president of the Polk County Women Attorneys and also serves on Drake University Law School’s Board of Counselors.

Brooke lives in Urbandale, Iowa, with her husband Josh and their two daughters. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, college football, and the local Des Moines farmers’ market.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Discrimination
  • Civil Rights

Bar Admissions

  • State of Iowa (2006)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (2006)
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (2006)


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, J.D. with honors (2006)
  • Drake Journal of Agricultural Law (2004 – 2006)
    • Projects Editor (2005-06)
  • Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, B.A. magna cum laude in International Business and Marketing (2002)

Honors and Awards

  • Drake Law School Graduating Senior Award from the Iowa State Bar Association for most probable successful future leader of the bar based on attitude, ability, and service (2006)
  • Martin Tollefson Award for leadership and service to Drake Law School (2006)
  • ABA Law Student Division Star of the Division in recognition of outstanding leadership (2006)
  • Iowa Association for Justice Meritorious Achievement Award for exceptional service (2013)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Drake University Law School Board of Counselors (2006 – present)
  • ISBA Young Lawyers Division District 5C Representative (2008 – present)
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, Co-Chair Developing & New Attorney Committee (2009 – present)
  • Iowa State Bar Association (2006 – present)
  • Polk County Bar Association (2006 – present)
  • Iowa Association for Justice (2006 – present)
    • Board of Governors (2011 – present)
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (2006 – present)
  • Polk County Women Attorneys (2006 – present)
    • President (2011)
    • Board Member (2006 – present)
    • Social Chair (2006 – 2009)
  • President, Drake University Law School Student Bar Association (2005 – 2006)
  • Eighth Circuit Governor, American Bar Association, Law Student Division

Seminars Taught:

  • Employment Law 101, Simpson College, October 28, 2013
  • Obtaining Hard Dollars for Squishy Damages: What You Can Learn From Employment Law, Iowa Association for Justice Personal Injury Seminar, August 24, 2012
  • Employment Law 101, Iowa State Bar Association Nuts & Bolts Seminar, October 14, 2011
  • The Bermuda Triangle, Examining the Interplay between Workers Compensation Retaliation, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act, Iowa State Bar Association, October 12, 2011
  • Developing and New Attorneys Employment Law Panel, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, June 24, 2011
  • Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education Services, March 9, 2011
  • A Potpourri of Employment Law Issues, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, February 25, 2011
  • ADA: Recent Changes that Positively Impact Your Cases, Iowa Association for Justice Workers Compensation Seminar, September 23, 2010
  • Developing and New Attorneys Employment Law Panel, National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention, June 25, 2010
  • FMLA – An introduction, Polk County Bar Association, November 21, 2008

Published Cases

  • Ames v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 1356814 (8th Cir.)
  • Gilster v. Primebank, 747 F.3d 1007 (8th Cir. 2014)
  • Lee v. State, 844 N.W.2d 668 (Iowa 2014)
  • Whitney v. Franklin General Hosp., 2014 WL 360106 (N.D. Iowa)
  • Lee v. State, 815 N.W.2d 731 (Iowa 2012)
  • Gilster v. Primebank and Joseph Strub, 2012 WL 3518507 (N.D. Iowa)
  • Allan v. Cuna Mut. Ins. Soc., 2011 WL 587110 (S.D. Iowa)
  • Strom v. Holiday Companies, 789 F. Supp. 2d 1060 (N.D. Iowa 2011)
  • Pitts v. Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union No. 32, 718 F. Supp. 2d 1010 (S.D. Iowa 2010)
  • Parsons v. Principal Life Ins. Co., 686 F. Supp. 2d 906 (S.D. Iowa 2010)
  • Lee v. State, 765 N.W.2d 607 (Iowa Ct. App. 2009)
  • Pospisil v. O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., 619 F. Supp. 2d 614 (N.D. Iowa 2007)
  • Smith v. Bankers Life and Casualty Co., 519 F. Supp. 2d 964 (S.D. Iowa 2007)
  • Gonnerman v. McHan Const., Inc., 520 F. Supp. 2d 1095 (N.D. Iowa 2007)
  • Faust v. Command Center, Inc., 484 F. Supp. 2d 953 (S.D. Iowa 2007)
  • Jones v. Cargill, Inc., 490 F. Supp.2d 978 (N.D. Iowa 2007)