Creativity. Innovation. Problem solving. Reliability. Teamwork. When a case is being prepared for trial, Daryl Anderson brings all those attributes and her legal knowledge to the table.
Working with other litigators, Daryl primarily handles pretrial litigation preparation. She assists with large, lengthy, and complex cases that require significant resources and a team of attorneys. She does legal research, helps with discovery, reviews documents, and writes legal briefs and memos. “I work as a member of a variety of teams,” she says. “Someone else is the captain, but I like to be considered an MVP.”
As a litigation attorney, Daryl works on cases as diverse as labor and employment matters, civil rights and Title IX cases, and class action lawsuits. She recently coauthored a chapter about Iowa cannabis laws for a Meritas legal guide. “I’m never bored,” she says. “My workload is always changing, and I really enjoy the sense of accomplishment from being part of this team of very successful, yet generous, attorneys.”
Interacting with people is important to Daryl. Before attending law school, she earned an MBA degree and embarked on a career in finance. However, “I didn’t find that satisfying,” Daryl says. “To me, that career path didn’t have enough human contact and meaningful communication with other people.”
After her stint in corporate finance at Apple Inc. in California, Daryl moved back to her native Iowa and entered law school. It was a path she’d considered before. “I think it took a little maturity, self-confidence, and experience in the working world to motivate me to go back to school to get my law degree,” she says.
Daryl started her law career as a Legal Aid attorney. “Finding Legal Aid was a perfect fit for me right out of law school,” she says. “While I was in law school I thought, I want to do very important, impactful work that will help people.” Her position at Legal Aid was partially funded by the Violence Against Women Act. She advocated for women attempting to leave domestic abuse situations. Among the legal services Daryl provided her clients were obtaining restraining orders against her clients’ abusers and helping the women find safe places to live with their children.
When she had her own family, Daryl’s passion for making a difference drove her decision to take time away from her legal practice to devote her full attention to her family. “Helping individuals get a fair chance and have the support to survive in this world gave me a meaningful reason to pause my legal career and stay home to raise children,” Daryl says.
Fast-forward to a point when her children had become more independent. A friend and Nyemaster attorney reached out to ask if Daryl would be interested in joining the firm in a position focused on litigation preparation and support. “It reinvigorated a career that I had not been certain I could return to. Nyemaster gave me both an opportunity and a new journey as an attorney.”
Daryl’s practice also fulfills her need to learn, grow, and make a difference. At Nyemaster, Daryl is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Women in Nyemaster group. Both have created opportunities to contribute to community outreach and engage with other attorneys who share her interests.
“I have the perfect work-life balance,” Daryl says. “I will always consider my family first. But that inspires me to be motivated at work. I have my work family now, and I feel complete.”
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Women Attorneys
Nyemaster Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Women in Nyemaster (WIN)
Valley High School Drama Booster Club
Valley High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School PTO
Stilwell Junior High School Parent Advisory Council