Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC
Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC

Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC

3 Star Rating     2 reviews

Main Office:

699 Walnut Street, Suite 1600 | Des Moines | IA | 50309

Phone: 515-244-2600 | Fax: 515-246-4550

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Year of establishment 1936 Number of partners 15
Number of offices 3 Partner to associate ratio 1.90
Biggest office Des Moines Percentage of women attorneys 34.40
Number of attorneys 27 Percentage of minority attorneys 3.70
Number of associates 8 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.70
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Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC Reviews

- Reviewed on October 12, 2020

Advice to law firm management: Better communication about what is expected of you. More training/planning meetings with each attorney who is going to be utilizing the assistant's help. More information on what is firm wide expectations and what is individual attorney expectations. Although hired as a legal assistant, was in an administrative assistant role, was never sure which role I was supposed to be filling. It seemed to depend on the attorney.

Pros: Well establish firm with a good reputation. Not to small, but big enough to have attorney's in many areas of the law.

Cons: You are put out there to work with no guidance, it is like they think you should already know everything and be able to read their minds. I think a lot of this was because I had attorneys who only had one other assistant in their career and they did not know how to share their needs and desires because their former assistant had been with them so long.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Maybe not avoid but be aware of the fact that some of the attorneys here do have "control" and "power" issues.

Favorite Things About this Firm: Other Legal Assistant's were helpful, although not always informed. IT department was very helpful.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2020

Job type: Full time

Length of Employment: 1-2 years

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: The leadership team needs to do something to make the environment less competitive. The current situation is causing a morale crisis that will likely get worse.

Pros: Both the pay and benefits here are top notch; above market average. It's also nice to be able to work from home on occasion.

Cons: There is very little support from leadership here, and the environment is incredibly competitive. There is very high pressure to perform, and it's not uncommon to see associates thrown under the bus by coworkers.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is a general practice law firm with offices in Des Moines, Iowa, and Davenport, Iowa (in the Quad Cities area). Our attorneys provide a full range of legal and business counseling services to a client base that includes large corporations, small businesses, governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations with interests in Iowa.

Practice Areas

Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Banking Law
  • Business Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Breach
  • & Privacy
  • Education Law
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Litigation & Trial Law
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Taxation Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Pro bono

Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen does not report any information regarding its pro bono activities.

Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC Awards and Recognitions

Dickinson earned extensive recognition in the U.S. News & World Report 2013


Both in policy and in practice, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is a workplace of respect and inclusion. Employees of the firm find tremendous satisfaction in providing a supportive working environment for one another, and we recognize that our differences allow us to better reflect and serve our clients and community.

The members of Dickinson's recruiting committee go beyond valuing diversity to pursuing it by attending minority job fairs in major metropolitan areas in the Midwest. The firm has also been active in recruiting women attorneys, who currently account for nearly 30% of the firm's shareholders and associates.

Summer associate program

We've been told that our firm culture sets us apart from other Des Moines law firms. It's a culture well-recognized for superior legal work, excellent client service, and community leadership.

When recruiting for our summer associate program, we look for law students who will flourish in this environment. Strong academic credentials are important as are other extracurricular activities including moot court, law journals, and community involvement. Past career experience is also valued. We hire talented individuals whose academic achievements and personal skills and interests position them for future leadership opportunities in both the firm and in the community.

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