Matthew J. Brandes

  • Undergrad School: University of Notre Dame, BA
  • Law School: William Mitchell College of Law, JD, cum laude
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Firm: Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
115 3rd Street SE
Suite 1200
Cedar Rapids IA 52401
United States

Matthew Brandes has been an attorney with Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC for over three decades. He has led the firm's family law practice since 1994 and is a former member of the firm's management committee. Mr. Brandes counsels and represents people in child custody, divorce and guardianship matters. He is an experienced mediator, collaborative law attorney and litigator, and has successfully resolved hundreds of family law cases for clients from all walks of life with a diverse range of family and business issues. Mr. Brandes is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), a significant group of the nation’s top family law attorneys, and co-chairs the Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force.

Mr. Brandes' experience includes: Asset valuation and division, child custody, child support, dissolution of marriage, domestic abuse, premarital agreements, spousal support and related matters.

Mr. Brandes' clients include: Accountants, business executives, business owners, contractors, engineers, homemakers, laborers, lawyers, police officers, real estate developers, physicians, teachers and more.

Mr. Brandes is a member of the Family Law Mediation Panel for the Sixth Judicial District and provides service as a family law mediator. He is an active member of the Iowa State Bar and American Bar Associations. Mr. Brandes is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He is a charter member of Collaborative Lawyers of Eastern Iowa, the area’s first collaborative family law practice group.

Mr. Brandes serves his community by providing pro bono representation to the less fortunate through the Iowa Legal Aid Family Law Intake Project and through service in his church. He has had the good fortune to be married for almost 45 years, is the father of three successful daughters and the grandfather of eight amazing grandchildren.

Resources & Articles

Five SPMB Attorneys Make Iowa State Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll

Five SPMB Attorneys Make Iowa State Bar Association Pro Bono Honor Roll

Posted October 31, 2021

In celebration of October as National Pro Bono Month, the Iowa State Bar Association recognized member attorneys who performed 50+ hours of pro bono work for clients. Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC attorneys Larry Gutz, Matthew Brandes, Jacob Koller, (pictured bottom left-to-right) Michael Neuerburg and Matthew Roth were honored for… Continue Reading

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