Natalie Hedberg is an associate with the firm. Ms. Hedberg is a Des Moines area native and is excited to be back in her home community. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at the Story County public defender’s office and clerked for the judges in Polk County. During law school, Ms. Hedberg worked at both the state and federal public defender’s offices in Cedar Rapids.
Ms. Hedberg attended Drake University for her undergraduate degree. She majored in English and Law, Politics, and Society. She participated in oral advocacy competitions in both undergrad and law school including mock trial, moot court, and the national arbitration competition.
Ms. Hedberg lives in Ankeny with her husband and daughter. They have two rambunctious dogs named Koda and Mitsy. In her spare time she enjoys judging undergraduate mock trial competitions and playing board games with family and friends.
- Ms. Hedberg represented an international student at Iowa State on the charge of Operating While Intoxicated. The student had not been provided a translator during the course of the investigation. The case went to trial and the jury returned a not guilty verdict after an hour.
- Ms. Hedberg represented a Story County resident on his third Driving While Barred offense. After uncovering a miscommunication between the resident’s insurance and the DOT, Ms. Hedberg convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case.
- Ms. Hedberg represented a Linn County resident on a drug possession case. The officer in the case had violated the resident’s constitutional rights by conducting an unlawful search of his car. Ms. Hedberg successfully argued that the judge should suppress the illegally obtained evidence and the case was dismissed.
- Ms. Hedberg represented a resident of Story County who was charged with indecent exposure. If convicted, he would have been placed on the sex offender registry. Ms. Hedberg convinced the prosecutor to drop the charge down to a simple misdemeanor harassment, and the prosecutor agreed that the resident’s actions were not sexually motivated. The resident did not have to register as a sex offender.
- Another Story County resident was charged with his second offense of Possession of Marijuana. The prosecutor in that case had prior interactions with the resident that led them to ask for an egregious sentence of 30 days in jail. Ms. Hedberg successfully argued at sentencing that the client should receive 2 days in jail, the mandatory minimum for the offense.