Ashley M. Sparks

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Ashley M. Sparks
Attorney / Mediator

Ashley specializes in criminal, juvenile and family law. Ashley prides herself on resolving conflicts outside of the courtroom, if possible. But, if litigation is necessary, she will assertively advocate on her clients’ behalf. Ashley is competitive, disciplined, organized and resourceful. She is dedicated to getting her clients the best results possible.

Ashley attended Drake University Law School and has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to graduate school and law school, Ashley worked for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. For undergrad, she attended Western Illinois University where she double majored in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration and Psychology, and graduated cum laude.

Ashley has enjoyed a wide-range of professional experiences. At UNI, she received training in psychological diagnosis, assessment and treatment, and worked as a counselor at the student health center. She also interned with the mental health team in an Iowa prison. Ashley completed extensive research in the area of criminal stereotypes. At Drake, she published the 2012-2013 Criminal Law Newsletter, and a note called “High Land Prices and the Destruction of Family Farms” in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. She assisted in writing a brief for a case argued before the United States Supreme Court in 2013 and with the 2013 update of the Iowa Practice Series in Criminal Law. Ashley completed internships in both criminal prosecution and defense. She was honored with the Robert J. Kromminga Award for outstanding representation and advocacy in the Criminal Defense Program at Drake. In 2018, Ashley was selected as a Graduate College Outstanding Alumni by the University of Northern Iowa.

In addition to being an attorney and mediator, Ashley is a Magistrate in Boone County, where she presides over a docket consisting of simple misdemeanors, mental health and substance abuse, and small claims cases.

Ashley is a member of the Iowa Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association. She is also an adjunct instructor at Des Moines Area Community College, where she teaches Introduction to Psychology, Juvenile Law, and Family Law.

Fun Facts: In her spare time, Ashley attempts to keep her personal life in order with her husband and two kids, runs an occasional road race, drinks craft beer and listens to Beyoncé.