People are the essence of the law, and Katie Graham knows people. As a trial attorney, Katie understands what it takes to win: experience, hard work, and being able to connect with people. While winning looks different to every client, you cannot develop pressure points for a cost-effective settlement without trial experience. Opponents know that Katie tries cases and is prepared to take the case as far as it needs to go.
Focused on employment law and product liability, she often draws on her pre-law experience in customer-facing jobs. “You learn so much about people and how to interact with them through the service industry,” Katie says. That ability to connect with people helps Katie strategically respond to her clients, their employees, and jurors in relatable ways. “You have to be able to explain a story in commonsense terms in a world where everything gets overcomplicated.” Telling a clear story helps jurors relate to her and her arguments.
Katie trusts her instincts and relies on her ability to think beyond the expected solution. “That’s where I can add value to my team and my clients,” she says.
When conducting investigations, honing those instincts might require a visit to a client’s factory or workplace. Katie doesn’t believe in recycling ideas from behind a desk. Being on-site lets her see the problem in context, learn the business requirements, and efficiently find a creative answer. “Facing problems head on is the best way,” she adds. “You cannot solve a problem efficiently or effectively if you cannot relate to the situation.”
Also a member of the government relations practice group, Katie applies her relatability and creative skills to assisting clients with public policy efforts, including legislation and regulation priorities.
Katie also has been tasked with recruiting the next generation of Nyemaster lawyers to serve the firm’s clients. She is committed to carrying out Nyemaster’s mission of hiring only the most talented and driven attorneys.
American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Des Moines Music Coalition
- Board of Directors
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2021
Future Star, 2021
Great Plains Super Lawyers
Rising Stars, 2016–2020
Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40
Iowa Defense Counsel Association
Rising Star Award
Drake Legal Clinic
Student Attorney, 2010–2011
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
As co-counsel, obtained defense verdict for farm implement dealer in case involving allegations of age- and sex-based harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
As co-counsel, obtained defense judgment for manufacturing client on claims of pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.
As co-counsel, obtained defense judgment for plasma donation facility on claim of professional negligence.
As co-counsel, obtained defense verdict for client in case involving allegations of disability discrimination and retaliation.
As co-counsel, successfully obtained defense verdict for manufacturing client in allegations of race discrimination and retaliation.
Obtained summary judgment for school district in allegation of retaliatory discharge in violation of public policy.
Obtained summary judgment for nursing home in a case involving allegation of retaliatory discharge in violation of Iowa public policy.
Obtained summary judgment for long-term care facility on constructive discharge claim.
Obtained motion to dismiss in favor of church based on Establishment and Free Exercise clauses of Federal and Iowa Constitutions.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of school in a case involving allegations of age discrimination and retaliation.
Represented client in appeal to Iowa Supreme Court in which it was determined punitive damages were not available under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
Represented local municipality in more than 50 bench trials prosecuting simple misdemeanor and traffic charges.