Katherine Daman

Associate Attorney

Cordell & Cordell Des Moines Divorce Attorney Katherine DamanDuring her 13-plus years of practice, it became alarming to Des Moines divorce attorney Katherine Daman just how often men are denied their basic rights as a parent and treated as a second-class parent.

Eventually, she became proactive in correcting these misconceptions by focusing her career on family law.

“The reward I receive in assisting my clients in securing their rights has kept me focused and encouraged to fight the good fight,” Ms. Daman said.

Ms. Daman is able to communicate effectively with her clients so they are able to productively and successfully work together.

“The process can be tedious and emotional, but I promise I will be right beside you and try my best to make it as painless as possible,” she said.

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Daman is licensed to practice in Iowa.


Ms. Daman received her bachelor’s degree from Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C., with a major in political science and a minor in criminal justice. She earned her Juris Doctor from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Daman practiced criminal defense and family law.


  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys Association


  • Certified in Dispute Resolution

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Daman appeared on WHO-Des Moines to discuss how divorce affects dads on Father’s Day.

Ms. Daman appeared on WHO-Des Moines to explain how Cordell & Cordell’s Power of Attorney services can benefit divorced parents.

Ms. Daman presented at an NBI seminar on the topic of discovery in family law matters.



“If I call Katherine, I can always be reasonably certain that I will be able to get a hold of her. I’ve worked with many attorneys before, and I’ve never had that luxury. I have been very happy with Katherine. As your firm is nationwide, Katherine has access to experts all over she can consult with. I don’t believe a local attorney would have those same connections. I really like that about going with Katherine and your firm.”


“I just want to get my sons back and Katherine seems to be the only person who can calm me down at times. She hasn’t told me to do anything wrong or misguided me in any way. I know she is doing what she can to get this worked out. She is completely honest and I am so glad I found her.”


“She has done a good job especially with knowing she is wanting to help. The only thing I said is ‘hey, I don’t want to split the throat. I just want to be civil.’ I like the way everything has been handled. She understands what I want and what my goals are and so far, she has helped me with all this.”


“Katherine is amazing. Text, emails, or phone. I know I’ll hear from her soon. She keeps me informed and is also mindful of costs. … She is great! I’m glad I chose her as my representation. She’s honest about how things could go good or bad with a given path and helpful in making an informed decision. … My family doesn’t have a lot of money but having her counsel in my case, her attention to detail, and blunt honesty is well worth it to me.”


“I have already referred Katherine. While I hope I don’t need anything down the road, I would absolutely call Katherine if I ever did. I had an overall very good experience with you all and would like to extend my gratitude to Katherine for all of her help.”