Hallie E.
Still-Caris

“I like working toward the same goal. It’s not an adversarial relationship.”

In Hallie Still-Caris’ business, finance, and real estate practice, success is all about reaching the best outcome for both parties. Working toward a common objective is one of her favorite parts of the job. “You’re all paddling in the same direction,” Hallie says. “Sure, there is conflict; you’re going back and forth, but you’re all working toward the same goal.” Hallie finds satisfaction in helping her clients reach their goals. “I like to solve problems. I like to figure things out,” she says.

 

Hallie uses her problem-solving skills in the area of commercial real estate finance, which is her specialty. She is part of a team of attorneys who have developed a niche practice area representing life insurance companies that make commercial real estate loans, although she also represents borrowers who are seeking financing. In addition, Hallie focuses on two other areas: general corporate law—in which she handles purchase and sale transactions, contract reviews, and entity formations, among other general corporate matters—and environmental law—in which she reviews environmental site assessments and advises clients on compliance with state and federal environmental laws. Additionally, she practices in the area of antitrust law by preparing Hart-Scott-Rodino filings.

 

Hallie enjoys being involved in the community and is an active member of the board of directors of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is the co-chair of the Downtown Community Alliance. In her free time, she works on restoring the barn on her family’s century farm outside Scranton, Iowa.

 

Martindale-Hubbell
AV® Preeminent

 

The Best Lawyers in America®
2013–2020

 

Chambers USA
2015–2017

 

Great Plains Super Lawyers
2011–2019

 

Athena Award, Women's Chamber Alliance 
In recognition of community service,  2005

 

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Volunteer of the Year Award, 2003

 

Iowa Law Review
Senior Note and Comment Editor, 1985–1986

 

American Bar Association

 

Iowa State Bar Association

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Council, 1988–1993, 1998–2000, 2009–2015
  • Chair, 1999–2000

 

Polk County Bar Association

 

Polk County Women Attorneys

 

Greater Des Moines Partnership

  • Board, 2006–2011, 2015–present
  • Executive Committee, 2015–present

 

Downtown Community Alliance

  • Board, 2015–present
  • Executive Committee, 2015–present
  • Co-Chair, 2016–present

 

Iowa Legal Aid, Justice After Hours planning committee
2016–2018

 

United Way of Central Iowa

  • Board, 2001–2007
  • Executive Committee, 2004–2007
  • Public Policy Committee, Chair, 2006–2008
  • Donor Directed Contribution Policy Ad Hoc Committee, Member, 2011

 

Plymouth Congregational Church

  • Foundation Board, 2018–present
  • Deacon, 2014–2017
  • Personnel Committee, 2013–2016
  • Church Council, 2011–2012
  • Board of Trustees, 2002–2007, Chair, 2006–2007

 

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Board, 2000–2003

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
1997–1998

 

Member of real estate finance team that has closed more than $1 billion in commercial real estate loans annually for each of the past several years.

OVERVIEW

In Hallie Still-Caris’ business, finance, and real estate practice, success is all about reaching the best outcome for both parties. Working toward a common objective is one of her favorite parts of the job. “You’re all paddling in the same direction,” Hallie says. “Sure, there is conflict; you’re going back and forth, but you’re all working toward the same goal.” Hallie finds satisfaction in helping her clients reach their goals. “I like to solve problems. I like to figure things out,” she says.

 

Hallie uses her problem-solving skills in the area of commercial real estate finance, which is her specialty. She is part of a team of attorneys who have developed a niche practice area representing life insurance companies that make commercial real estate loans, although she also represents borrowers who are seeking financing. In addition, Hallie focuses on two other areas: general corporate law—in which she handles purchase and sale transactions, contract reviews, and entity formations, among other general corporate matters—and environmental law—in which she reviews environmental site assessments and advises clients on compliance with state and federal environmental laws. Additionally, she practices in the area of antitrust law by preparing Hart-Scott-Rodino filings.

 

Hallie enjoys being involved in the community and is an active member of the board of directors of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is the co-chair of the Downtown Community Alliance. In her free time, she works on restoring the barn on her family’s century farm outside Scranton, Iowa.

 

RECOGNITION

Martindale-Hubbell
AV® Preeminent

 

The Best Lawyers in America®
2013–2020

 

Chambers USA
2015–2017

 

Great Plains Super Lawyers
2011–2019

 

Athena Award, Women's Chamber Alliance 
In recognition of community service,  2005

 

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Volunteer of the Year Award, 2003

 

Iowa Law Review
Senior Note and Comment Editor, 1985–1986

 

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association

 

Iowa State Bar Association

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Council, 1988–1993, 1998–2000, 2009–2015
  • Chair, 1999–2000

 

Polk County Bar Association

 

Polk County Women Attorneys

 

Greater Des Moines Partnership

  • Board, 2006–2011, 2015–present
  • Executive Committee, 2015–present

 

Downtown Community Alliance

  • Board, 2015–present
  • Executive Committee, 2015–present
  • Co-Chair, 2016–present

 

Iowa Legal Aid, Justice After Hours planning committee
2016–2018

 

United Way of Central Iowa

  • Board, 2001–2007
  • Executive Committee, 2004–2007
  • Public Policy Committee, Chair, 2006–2008
  • Donor Directed Contribution Policy Ad Hoc Committee, Member, 2011

 

Plymouth Congregational Church

  • Foundation Board, 2018–present
  • Deacon, 2014–2017
  • Personnel Committee, 2013–2016
  • Church Council, 2011–2012
  • Board of Trustees, 2002–2007, Chair, 2006–2007

 

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Board, 2000–2003

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
1997–1998

 

REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONS

Member of real estate finance team that has closed more than $1 billion in commercial real estate loans annually for each of the past several years.