Donna has been practicing law for 18 years, and is a partner in the Grefe & Sidney law firm. Her areas of focus are family law and workers’ compensation. Donna has many years’ experience in advocating for her clients in court, leading mediation and serving as a mediator in settlement negotiation conferences. She has also represented clients before the Iowa Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
She has helped many families and individuals with the difficult issues that arise in family and custody cases. She also assists employees who have been injured at work.
Donna is a member of the Order of the Coif, American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. She was appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission and by the Iowa Bar Association to serve on its Board of Directors. She is also a member 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 memberships 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 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. She is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America©.
Rob Evans is an associate attorney and mediator in the Grefe & Sidney family law division. His practice areas include divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, alimony, guardianships, mediation, and collaborative law. Rob focuses on dispute resolution through negotiation and offers collaborative divorce services as an option for his clients.
While in law school, Rob clerked for a prestigious family law attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. He also practiced as a student attorney in the general practice and criminal divisions of the Drake Legal Clinic, representing indigent clients in a variety of family law and criminal matters. Rob worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in Legal Research and Writing, served as an Ambassador for the law school, and worked as an Integrated Study Group Leader. In 2014, Rob was awarded The K.M. Waggoner Peer Mentoring Award, and in 2015, he was awarded The Timothy N. Carlucci Award, which recognizes civility and professionalism in dealing with fellow students and others in the profession.
Rob is a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, the Alliance for Collaborative Divorce, and the Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Rob is also a volunteer with the Polk County Volunteer Lawyers Project.