Beatriz Mate-Kodjo

Contact

Phone: (515) 259-7462
Fax: (515) 361-5390
Email: beatriz@timmerjudkins.com

About

Beatriz was raised in Pella, Iowa where she remains headquartered. She has commuted from small town Iowa to the big city since law school to keep her daughter close to family and friends.

Beatriz is passionate about counseling clients through the trauma of discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault. She believes in compassionate advocacy and helping clients share their testimony and speaking truth to power.

Before joining Timmer & Judkins, Beatriz was a shareholder at a civil rights firm in Des Moines, Iowa. She spent six years litigating employment and education discrimination claims across the country. She endeavored to represent as many college students harmed by sexual harassment or assault at school as she could. She also represented female college student athletes and coaches seeking equity in athletic opportunities and within athletic departments. Much of her time and energy was focused on improving the way implicit race and gender bias cases are explained and ultimately proved through litigation.

In her free time, Beatriz takes care of stray cats and reads personal finance articles. She enjoys gaming with her daughter, Aurelia. While the two generally get along, Beatriz mercilessly dominates at Catan and Halo I. Aurelia is an adept gamer herself and consistently beats mom at Super Smash Bros. In order to combat gender stereotyped roles on the micro-level, Beatriz avoids cooking at all costs—much to Aurelia’s chagrin. Beatriz and Aurelia love traveling together to Universal Studios, Disney World Parks, Madrid, Accra, and New York City.

Bar Admissions

State of Iowa (2014)
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (2015)
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (2015)

Education

Drake University College of Business and Public Administration, M.B.A. (2015)
Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, J.D. (2014)
Central College, B.A. International Studies (African Studies) & Spanish (2011)

Professional Associations and Memberships

Iowa Employment Lawyers Association
Iowa Association for Justice
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Women Attorneys
National Employment Lawyers Association
Public Justice
National Bar Association (Iowa Chapter)

Civic Engagement

Chair, Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission
Board of Directors, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)
Board of Directors, Urban Dreams