Mary E. Funk

Mary E. Funk

Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Recognized since 2018

Des Moines, Iowa

Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Mary E. Funk is a shareholder in our Litigation Department, handling almost exclusively employment and labor matters. She litigates on behalf of management in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and before arbitrators concerning employment contract disputes; sexual harassment; race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination; wrongful termination; Family and Medical Leave Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; non-compete agreements; and unemployment. In addition to litigating cases, Mary proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing and policies, harassment and discrimination investigations, employment policies, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and company handbooks. She also negotiates collectively bargained contracts and drafts corporate documents related to employment such as contracts, non-compete agreements, policies and procedures, company handbooks, and settlement agreements and releases.

Mary is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and a 1995 graduate with distinction of the University of Iowa College of Law. During law school, Mary served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Iowa Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University, graduating magna cum laude, in 1992.

Employment, Labor, and Discrimination
Labor & Employment
Employment Counseling and Risk Avoidance
Employment Litigation
Collective Bargaining, Contract Administration, and Labor Arbitration
Union Avoidance, Organizational Campaigns, and NLRB Proceedings
Trade Secret and Non-Competition
Appellate Practice
Administrative Hearings, Arbitrations, and ADR
Higher Education and Title IX Law

Drake University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1992)
University of Iowa (J.D., with distinction, 1995)

Illinois, 1995
Iowa, 1996
Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa, the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, and the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.


  • 700 Walnut Street, Suite 1600
    Des Moines, IA 50309-3899

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

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