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Legal Secretary: Joan Cox

Elissa represents corporate clients in forming business entities, maintaining corporate formalities, real estate development, sales and acquisitions. Her practice also includes assisting individuals and families in real estate transactions, estate planning matters (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), and probate, including guardianships and conservatorships. Elissa received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism and mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. During graduate school and prior to entering law school, she worked as a legal assistant in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law. In 2012, Elissa received her juris doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law, completing an individualized concentration in Family and Small Business Estate Planning.

Work Experience

  • Founding Member, Gray, Hodges & Associates (formerly, Gray, Thompson & Associates), 2016
  • Co-Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., Estates, Wills & Trusts Practice Group, 2014-2015
  • Co-Chair, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Associate Professional Development Committee, 2015
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2012-2015
  • Admissions, University of Nebraska College of Law, Sept. 2010 - May 2012
  • Law Clerk, Law Offices of Glen D. Witte, Summer 2011
  • Legal Assistant, Nearhood Law Offices, P.L.C., Nov. 2005 - July 2009

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Mid-Iowa Estate and Financial Planners
    • Member, 2014 - present
    • Board of Directors, 2016 - present
  • Kirkendall Public Library Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2016 - present
  • American Bar Association
    • Member: Young Lawyers Division, Elder Law Committee
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Section Member: Young Lawyers Division, Real Estate & Title Law, Probate, Trust & Estate Law, 2012 - present
    • Member, Guardianship and Conservatorship Committee, Probate, Trust & Estate Law, 2014 - present
    • Co-Chair, Guardianship and Conservatorship Committee, 2016 - present
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
  • Polk County Women Attorneys

Civic & Volunteer Activities

  • Ankeny Chamber of Commerce
  • Ankeny Young Professionals
  • Ankeny Leadership Institute, Class of 2016 Graduate
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity
  • Volunteer, Meals for the Heartland
  • Uptown Ankeny Association