Christine practices primarily in criminal law. Ms. Branstad’s background includes work as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and civil litigator. Her background also includes work in litigation management and work as corporate counsel. Christine received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa in 1991 and her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 1994. Christine is licensed to practice law in all courts within Iowa. Ms. Branstad is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. Christine has achieved the status of Master of the Bench in the Blackstone Inn of Court and received the 2013 Presidential Award from the Iowa State Bar Association. Time outside the office is spent watching sports from pee wee to pro. Professional: – Blackstone Inn of Court, Master of the Bench – Iowa Bar Association, Committee Member – Polk County Bar Association, Committee Member – Martindale Rated – AVVO Rated Community Involvement: – Children’s Cancer Connection, Board of Directors (VP) – Ballet Des Moines, Board of Directors (Treasurer) – Iowa Independent Schools Tuition Organization, Board of Directors (Administrator) – Active in school activities Read Christine’s blog. View Christine’s LinkedIn profile. Visit Branstad Law’s Facebook page.
Nathan A. Olson
Criminal, Appellate and Administrative law
Nathan specializes in criminal, appellate, and administrative law. Nathan’s background includes work as a Polk County District Court Clerk and as an Articles Editor for New York Law School. Nathan received his Bachelor of Science from the Drake University in 2004 and his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 2012 graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Olson is a member of the American and Iowa Bar Associations. Nathan is also a Barrister in the Blackstone Inn of Court. Nathan’s leisure time is usually spent outdoors: activities such as running, mountain biking, or swimming. Professional: -Blackstone Inn of Court, Barrister -Polk County Bar Association, Committee Member -Iowa State Bar Association, Committee Member
Teresa concentrates on family, criminal, and juvenile law. Teresa obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Iowa College of Law in 2013. She is licensed to practice in all Iowa courts. Teresa is a member of the Iowa and Polk County Bar Associations. She is also an associate of the Blackstone Inn of Court. Teresa’s leisure time is spent cheering for Iowa State sports teams and hiking with her husband and her Dalmatian. Professional: -Blackstone Inn of Court, Associate -Polk County Bar Association, Committee Member -Iowa State Bar Association, Committee Member
Katharine practices primarily in the areas of Mental Health Law, Drivers License issues, Family Law and Criminal Law. Katharine was born and raised in Lake Mills, Iowa. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1985. Katharine clerked in the Iowa Senate and was District Representative for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin from 1986-1989. She received her Juris Doctorate from Drake University in 1991 and was a District Court Law Clerk for the First Judicial District of Iowa from 1991-92. She was then the Law Clerk for the late Justice James Carter of the Iowa Supreme Court from 1992-93. Katharine served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Des Moines for 20 years. She is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association and the Blackstone Inn of Court. Katharine is married with two children. AVVO Rated View Katharine’s LinkedIn Profile