Paula S. Dierenfeld

Paula S. Dierenfeld

Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Recognized since 2014

Des Moines, Iowa

Practice Areas

Government Relations Practice

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Paula Dierenfeld is a member of the Governmental Affairs Department at Nyemaster Goode. Paula’s practice is concentrated in the areas of legislative representation, administrative law, and public utilities law.

Prior to joining the firm, Paula served for over 15 years in various positions in federal and state government. Paula has held positions as Staff Assistant to U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley, Research Staff Director in the Iowa General Assembly, Legal Counsel to Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad, and Member of the Iowa Utilities Board.

In addition to providing legislative representation for the Federation of Iowa Insurers, Paula also is currently serving as the organization’s Executive Director. Paula served two terms on the Johnston City Council and is currently in her second term as Johnston's mayor.

Paula received her B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1981 and her J.D. from Drake University in 1984.

Government Affairs
Alternative Energy, Renewable Fuels, and Public Utilities

University of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1981)
Drake University (J.D., 1984)

Iowa, 1985

Mayor, City of Johnston, Iowa, 2009-present
Member, Johnston City Council, 2000-2008
Commissioner, Iowa Utilities Board, 1997-1999
Legal Counsel, Governor Terry E. Branstad, 1991-1997
Staff Assistant, Governor Terry E. Branstad, 1989-1991
Director, Senate Research Staff, Iowa General Assembly, 1986-1989
Staff Assistant, U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley, 1984-1986


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


  • Drake University, J.D., graduated 1984
  • University of Northern Iowa, BA, graduated 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, The Iowa State Bar Association


  • City of Johnston - Mayor

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

  • Government Relations Practice

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