My Profile

First Name
Matthew
Last Name
Brandes
Email
mbrandes@SPMBLAW.com
Organization
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman P.L.C.
Organization Website
https://www.spmblaw.com/our-attorneys/matthew-j-brandes
Cell Phone
319-366-7641
Do you offer your services online or only in-person?
Online offered
Please list any comments about offering services online or in person
Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, and Google Meet. All online applications are effective tools for mediation preparation.
Counties Served
Benton
Iowa
Johnson
Jones
Linn
Tama
Others by appointment
Availability
Weekdays: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekends: By appointment. Nights: By apointment.
Location
1.) 115 Third St. SE, Suite 1200, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 2.) City Center Square, 1150 5th Street, Suite 170, Coralville, Iowa 52241
Facilities
Cedar Rapids: 8 conference rooms Coralville: 4 conference rooms
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Parking Options
Off street parking in Cedar Rapids and Coralville.
Types of Mediation Cases Desired
Family: All issues Determining and Dividing Marital Estates, including business valuation; Child Custody and Visitation; Child and Spousal Support; Child Medical Support; Post-Secondary Education Subsidy.
Allows Attorneys at Mediation
Yes
Comments on allowing attorneys at mediation
Parties have a right to have attorneys present. If you plan to have your attorney present, please advise at the time of scheduling.
Allows Third Parties at Mediation
Yes
Comments on allowing third parties at mediation
By agreement of the parties.
Profession
Attorney and Mediator
Comments on Profession
Mediation helps people deal with family law matters to obtain information and manage conflict in a cost-effective manner. As a mediator, I assist people in clarifying perceptions, communicating effectively, and exploring settlement options quickly and directly. I assist parties in using legal and other professional advice effectively.
Education
B.A. University of Notre Dame 1975, J.D. William Mitchell College of Law 1981.
Areas of Training
Family Law, including child custody; child and spousal support; estate valuation and division of all forms of marital property including retirement assets; tax; and domestic violence. Mediation techniques. I am trained in and employ tranformative and evaluative mediation techniques as appropriate.
Work Experience
I have been practicing law for 36 years. The past 19 years, my practice has been exclusively in Family Law. I began mediating family law cases in 1999. I enjoy working with individuals, families, and attorneys in managing conflict.
Spoken Languages
English
Date of Initial Mediation Training
July 1999
Mediation Training Hours
185
Mediation Fees/Charges
Linn County: $ 250.00 Per Hour ($125.00 per person. No Minimum or Administrative Fees) Benton, Iowa, Johnson, and Jones Counties: $250.00 per hour ($125.00 per person. No Minimum or Administrative Fees. As mediation roster default, there is no charge for travel time or mileage.) Other counties: As agreed. (If I am a mediation roster default, I do not charge for travel time or mileage.)
Settlement Conference Mediator?
Yes
Mediation Prep Session Attorney?
Yes
MSEI Roster Mediators are professionals who meet the Requirements for 6th Judicial District Roster Mediators.
Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa

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