Jacob R. Koller Member
- State of Iowa, 2003
- University of Iowa College of Law, JD, 2003
- Western Illinois University, BA, summa cum laude, 1999
Jacob Koller is a family law attorney with more than 15 years of experience. He counsels individuals in all aspects of domestic relations, including premarital agreements, separation and divorce, child custody and visitation, child support and related matters. He also represents individuals in other circumstances affecting the family unit, such as adoption, guardianships and conservatorships.
Mr. Koller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an organization comprised of family law practitioners with the highest levels of knowledge, skill and integrity. He is among only 10 family law attorneys named Fellow of the AAML in Iowa. Mr. Koller also serves as president of the Collaborative Lawyers of Eastern Iowa and believes in empowering his clients to make informed decisions about their lives and their children's lives.
Mr. Koller’s family law practice focuses on the following:
Litigation. Mr. Koller believes the best result in any family law matter is a successfully negotiated settlement. When this is not possible, however, it becomes necessary to have a trial before a judge. Mr. Koller is experienced in the preparation and prosecution to trial of complex financial, including high net worth marital estates, large farm and livestock operations, and business interests – and child custody matters. He is a 2008 graduate of the American Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, which is an advanced trial training program for attorneys specializing in the practice of family law.
Collaborative Law. Mr. Koller is trained in the practice of collaborative law. He is a founding member of the Collaborative Lawyers of Eastern Iowa. Collaborative Law is a non-adversarial process that views the issues arising from a divorce as a series of battles to be solved rather than fought. The end goal is to meet the legitimate needs of everyone involved in a restructured family. Both parties have independent lawyers present during negotiation to provide legal advice in an educational context. Mr. Koller is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Mediation. Mediation, which is a form of alternative dispute resolution, has become an important component in resolving family law cases. Mr. Koller is a trained lawyer mediator, having completed a 40-hour training in 2009, and he has successfully mediated hundreds of cases. As a mediator, he acts as a neutral to aid parties and their attorneys in settling their disputes without the need for court intervention.
Appellate Advocacy. In some cases, the decision of the trial judge is challenged on appeal. Mr. Koller has experience handling the prosecution and defense of appeals, both in cases for which the firm was trial counsel and in cases brought to him that have been tried by lawyers outside of our firm. He has successfully argued cases before the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Honors & Awards
- Included in the Best Lawyers in America® list, 2021
- Family Law Mediation
- AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
- "Working with Jacob is a pleasure. He is timely in responding to inquiries, practical in his approach to problem solving, and possessed a decent sense of humor." -- Martindale-Hubbell®
- Included in Great Plains Super Lawyers list, 2013, 2018-2020
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
- Fellow, 2020
- Iowa State Bar Association
- Family and Juvenile Law Section
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
- Linn County Bar Association
- Johnson County Bar Association
- Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court
- Secretary/Treasurer, 2008-2010
- Member, 2006-2010
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Member, 2010-Present
- Collaborative Lawyers of Eastern Iowa
- President, 2010-Present
- Member, 2010-Present
Publications & Presentations
- Co-author, "Rising farm incomes warrant close examination when determining proper child support levels," The Iowa Lawyer, March 2013
- Dissipation of Assets, Family Law Ad Hoc Meeting, 11/19
- Limited Scope Representation Forms and Practice Panel: Everything You Wanted to Know About LSR But Were Afraid to Ask, Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 6/18
- Collaborative Law/Collaborative Divorce, Iowa Association for Justice Criminal Defense & Family Law Trial Lawyers Conference, 4/18
- Family and Collaborative Law, Iowa Association of Legal Assistants & Paralegals Spring Seminar, 4/16
- Mediation and Collaborative Law, Eastern Iowa Nuts & Bolts Seminar, 10/15
- Collaborative Law, Region VI of the Iowa Association of Legal Assistants Paralegals Seminar, 12/14
- Alternative Dispute Resolution Practitioners, University of Iowa College of Law’s Public Interest and Alternative Career Forum, 9/14
- Ethical Considerations Related to the New Mediation Rules, 23rd Annual Iowa Association of Justice Family Law Seminar, 4/13
- Collaborative Law, Linn County Bar Association Meeting, 2/13