Rachel L. Soderstrum

Rachel L. Soderstrum
699 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Rachel's practice focuses primarily in the areas of Employment, General Civil Litigation, and Family Law, providing solutions for both businesses and individuals.

Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Rachel worked in the social work field where she gained a passion for advocating for individuals. She quickly found that she wanted to pursue advocacy on a broader scale and obtained her law degree with highest honors from Drake Law School in 2020. 

While obtaining her legal training, Rachel gained collective experience in the areas of insurance defense, general litigation, and an assortment of family law matters. Some of Rachel's experience includes serving as a Student Attorney at the Drake University's Children's Rights Clinic where she represented children involved in Juvenile Court proceedings in Polk County, competing as a team member on one of the winning 2019-2020 National Moot Court teams, and working as a Summer Associate at Dickinson Law.  

Education & Background


  • J.D., Drake University Law School, 2020 (Highest Honors, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, Drake Law Review, National Moot Court Team)
  • B.A. in Social Work, University of Northern Iowa, 2017 (Summa Cum Laude)

Prior Experience 

  • Member, National Moot Court Team, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2018-2020 
  • Student Attorney, Children's Rights Clinic, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2019-2020
  • Note Editor, Drake Law Review, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2019-2020
  • Legal Writing Fellow, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2018-2020
  • Summer Associate, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C., Des Moines, Iowa, 2019

Honors & Awards

  • H.G. Cartwright Award from Drake University Law School, presented to the student who submits the best Note to the Drake Law Review, 2020
  • Best Brief Award at Region 14 National Moot Court Competition, 2019
  • Champion Team at Region 14 National Moot Court Competition, 2019


Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa 

Memberships & Activities

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Polk County Bar Association

Articles & Presentations