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Our Vision

It is our firm’s mission to provide high quality legal services in our fields of expertise, to keep pace with and to anticipate the needs of those existing and potential business and individual clients we serve in the Midwest, in a manner that adheres to the highest standards of excellence and integrity, in a timely manner, and at fees that our clients are willing and able to pay and that are fair to our firm.

Real estate

For over 15 years, Jason Laughlin has reliably represented clients in all proceedings and transactions dealing with residential and commercial real estate property including, but not limited to: purchase and sale, construction, land development, mortgages and foreclosures, leases, land use and zoning, title examinations, title clearance, quiet title actions, closings, landlord/tenant disputes, and management. He’s accessible, experienced, efficient and affordable. On a daily basis and in a professional manner, he assists buyers, sellers, agents and lenders with all facets of real estate transactions. He also engages with an experienced and pleasant team of support professionals ensuring that residential and commercial real estate clients receive a prompt response to all inquiries and accurate and efficient production of documents.

*Title Commitments for purchases are issued within 24 hours of abstract receipt.

*Title Commitments for refinances are issued within 72 hours of title order (Form 900 search time included).

*A preliminary CD accompanies Commitment issuance.

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Corporate law

We provide a comprehensive scope of services to our corporate clients including assisting in selecting the type of organizational entity under which to operate, negotiating and preparing business agreements, assisting in the sale and purchase of a business, obtaining financing and funding for business operations, devising a sound corporate compliance regimen, and assisting in dissolution or business succession. See More


Our firm has experience drafting, negotiating, and reviewing all types of contracts, whether commercial or private, including sales contracts, business agreements, leases, real estate contracts, and employment contracts. An experienced attorney can help you avoid future legal problems through proper drafting and by explaining your contractual rights and duties. See More


Our Attorneys

Our Attorneys

Jason Laughlin

Managing Member

Jason Laughlin is the managing member of Laughlin Law Firm, PLC, an Iowa general practice law firm whose practice includes, but is not limited to, real property and corporate law.

Jason is the founding member of Laughlin Law Firm, PLC. After receiving his juris doctorate from Drake University in 2001, Jason began the practice of law in Chicago, representing primarily Fortune 500 companies in business litigation. When an opportunity arose to begin his own law practice, he returned to Iowa, developing a practice primarily in business and real estate transaction law. Since that time, his clients have spanned the spectrum from prospective owners of single-family residential real property to multi-million dollar corporate entities. Over the course of a 17-year career, he's taken great pleasure in mentoring small business clients in their first corporate endeavors, while adeptly walking sophisticated real estate syndication clients through complicated securities laws. Local and national lenders, commercial and residential real property investors, marketing executives, non-profit boards and restauranteurs are just a small representative sample of Jason's client base.

Jason is also a small-business owner, relishing his ever-changing roles as company executive, mentor to young professionals, and "do everything" team player. He also remains active civically as a member of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations, most notably as a member of the board of directors for both the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association and Waterbury Neighborhood Association.

When not navigating legal, business, and civic responsibilities, he's generally found cycling or running all over central Iowa. As an accomplished cycling racer and marathoner, he recently ran four marathons in four states during a brief six-week stretch. He's also a fine wine and cuisine enthusiast, traveling frequently to unique restaurant destinations and thoroughly enjoying all the great cuisine Des Moines has to offer (after an intense workout, of course). He loves kicking back at a Cardinals game (or the I-Cubs), and tailgating at Hawkeye games in Iowa City. If there are constants in any of these endeavors, it's passion for activity and relationships, coupled with a ton of curiosity.

Areas of Practice

  • Residential Real Estate

  • Commercial Real Estate

  • Corporate Law and Business Organization

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Securities Law

  • Litigation

  • Mortgages & Foreclosures

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa

  • Illinois

  • Missouri

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2001, Juris Doctorate

  • University of Iowa, B.A. in Communication Studies/Rhetoric

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa Commercial Real Estate Board of Directors

  • Waterbury Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

  • Iowa State Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Illinois Bar Association

  • Chicago Bar Association


Nicholas Behlke

Associate Attorney

Nick Behlke is an Associate Attorney at Laughlin Law Firm, PLC. He received his juris doctorate with Honors from Drake University Law School in 2016. During law school, Nick was a Note Editor on the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, competed on the Arbitration and Client Counseling Teams, and served as Honors Judicial Extern to the Honorable Mark S. Cady, Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Following law school, Nick was an attorney at a general practice law firm in southeast Iowa, where he represented buyers, sellers, and lenders in all stages of residential, commercial, and agricultural real estate transactions. Nick maintained a diverse practice, also assisting clients with business entity formation, litigation, landlord/tenant, and tax law issues. After his time in southeast Iowa, Nick returned to Des Moines, working at an organization specializing in providing accommodation services for 1031 exchange transactions.

As a native of Iowa City, Nick is an enthusiastic Hawkeye fan. When he’s not in the office, you can find him relaxing with friends and family, playing pick-up basketball, or planning his next travel destination.

Areas of Practice include, but are not limited to the following areas:

·       Residential Real Estate

·       Commercial Real Estate

·       Corporate Law and Business Organization

·       Mergers and Acquisitions

·       Securities Analysis

·       Litigation

·       Mortgages & Foreclosures

Bar Admissions

·       Iowa


·       Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 2016, Juris Doctorate with Honors

·       University of Iowa, B.A. in English; Minor: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

·       Iowa State Bar Association

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Our Team

Our Team

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Barb has over 15 years of office and paralegal experience, including an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies degree from Kaplan University. Barb has extensive real property law experience, as well as experience in customer service and office management. Barb has been a skilled and hard-working asset to Laughlin Law Firm since joining its ranks shortly after the Firm's formation. Born in Des Moines and raised in Adel, Iowa, Barb cares deeply for this community and its citizens. We are very proud to have someone of her character and skill on our team.


Barb can be reached at or at (515) 608-4797.



Sara has several years of legal administrative experience, adeptly organizing and assisting clients, attorneys and paralegals at several Iowa law firms. Sara is a Des Moines native, and a graduate of Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa. We are grateful for Sara’s exceptional and consistent charisma, intelligence and professionalism.

Sara can be reached at or at (515) 608-4797.