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Gina Messamer

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As an associate at Parrish Kruidenier, Gina Messamer focuses on appeals, criminal defense, and personal injury. Before joining the firm, Ms. Messamer worked closely with judges in both state appellate and federal district court. She first worked for Judge Mary Tabor on the Iowa Court of Appeals during law school. After graduating, Ms. Messamer spent a year with Justice Thomas Waterman on the Iowa Supreme Court and another year with Judge Stephanie Rose in the Southern District of Iowa. Through these experiences, Ms. Messamer gained valuable insight into how Iowa judges decide cases.

Originally from Oskaloosa, Iowa, Ms. Messamer attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas for her undergraduate studies. At TCU, Ms. Messamer earned degrees in political science and marketing and participated on the TCU Track & Field team, where she ran the 400 meter hurdles and 800 meter races.

Ms. Messamer worked in online marketing for two years after graduating from TCU, before deciding to return to Iowa to pursue postgraduate degrees in both law and sociology from the University of Iowa. Ms. Messamer worked for Parrish Kruidenier during her time at Iowa. She also volunteered with the Iowa Legal Aid Pro Se Divorce Clinic and served as the Executive Director of the Moot Court Board and on the Iowa Law Review editorial board.

Ms. Messamer now lives in Des Moines with her husband, Alex, and her dog, Lloyd. Ms. Messamer’s parents still live in Oskaloosa, and Ms. Messamer enjoys frequent visits back to Southern Iowa.

Representative Cases

  • State v. Ward (Iowa Court of Appeals, 2017). Gina represented a city manager who was criminally charged for actions he took within the scope of his employment. Gina argued the client had not actually broken any law. The Iowa Court of Appeals agreed and dismissed the charges before the case went to trial.
  • State v. Tjernagel (Iowa Court of Appeals, 2017). Iowa Court of Appeals reversed our client’s conviction for sexual abuse in the second degree by finding her prior counsel was ineffective for failing to object to impermissible testimony during her first trial.
  • Gina represented an Iowa State University student who was accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student. The client was facing expulsion. Gina resolved the case with Iowa State University so that the client was able to graduate on-time.