Education and Professional Info



Iowa -- 2007


JURIS DOCTORATE (with high honors)

Drake Law School -- 2007

Des Moines, Iowa


BACHELOR OF ARTS (with honors)

Roanoke College -- 2004

Salem, Virginia 

Katie L. Ranes


 Attorney & Mediator





2010 - present

Personal Info 


Born and raised in southern Iowa, Katie completed her undergraduate education at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, before returning to the Des Moines area to attend Drake Law School, where she graduated with high honors.  Katie currently lives in central Iowa with her husband and four children. 


After law school, Katie worked as an associate attorney for Stamatelos & Associates, a law and mediation firm located in West Des Moines, before opening Ranes Law Firm in early 2010.  Katie was appointed to serve as a magistrate judge for Polk County in 2018.  Katie is also a certified family law mediator and has successfully mediated hundreds of divorce and other family law cases in the Des Moines metropolitan area and surrounding central Iowa counties. 


Owning and operating a small law firm means that Katie can practice law in accordance with her values and yours.  Katie's values include respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and she is dedicated to justice, fairness, and compassion.  Consistent with these values, Katie uses innovative legal tools to resolve disputes in family law matters. 


Katie believes in practicing law in a way that is collaborative and fair, but firm.  Most people want to solve their problems themselves and view going to court as a last resort.  Family law matters usually are emotional disputes with legal consequences, not necessarily legal disputes.  In most cases trial serves to make emotional and financial pressures worse, not better.  As with settlement, there is a role for trial in family law cases, especially where an opposing party is dishonest, disrespectful or abusive.  In those cases, aggressive legal representation is required.  If a trial is necessary, Katie has the knowledge and skills to represent you in court effectively.  



2010 - present