Donna R. Miller


Legal Assistant


  • College: Northeast Missouri State, cum laude
  • Law School: University of Iowa, high distinction
  • MPA, Drake University College of Business and Public Administration


  • States: Iowa
  • Federal Courts: Northern District of Iowa, Southern District of Iowa, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Based on recently released 2018 Best Lawyers® rankings, Donna Miller has been voted Lawyer of The Year for 2018 for the Des Moines area for her representation of employers in workers’ compensation matters. This is a singular honor. Only one lawyer per practice area and metropolitan region is awarded this distinction based on the highest […]

Donna Miller

Donna Miller has been practicing law for over 20 years.  She is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Division.

Donna represents people who are divorcing or who need help with other custody, support, and legal issues. Donna works in partnership with her clients to ensure that they are informed about the process and that their interests are protected. Whether complex or straightforward, she understands that every case is important to the parties and that the outcome can impact lives for many years.

She also represents employers, insurers, and claimants before the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, and she advises both large and small companies on workers’ compensation issues within their operations. She has represented clients before the Iowa Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Donna was recently named named the Best Lawyers’ 2018 Des Moines Workers’ Compensation Law – “Lawyer of the Year”. She is also listed in Best Lawyers for her work in personal injury law.  

Donna is a member of the Order of the Coif, American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, and Iowa Defense Counsel Association. She was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission and on a Supreme Court Advisory Committee.  She is currently the Vice-President of the Polk County Bar Association. She is also a Director of the Iowa chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Outside of work, Donna is involved in a number of non-profit organizations. She has been chair of the board of directors for Goodwill of Central Iowa and served on the board of Goodwill Industries International for nine years. Her board leadership roles also include LifeServe (formerly Blood Center of Iowa), the AIDS Project of Central Iowa, Habitat for Humanity, and Southwestern Hills Neighborhood Association. She is also an active volunteer for Iowa Legal Aid, assisting people who cannot afford legal counsel with family law issues. She is active in the East South Des Moines Chamber. She volunteers at a transitional women’s shelter and participates in a book club at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. Donna was recognized by the Des Moines Business Record as a member of its “40 Under 40″ 2005 Class.