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Nate Borland is an Iowa native who grew up in Urbandale. At 10 years old, he embraced his passion for soccer and became one of the youngest certified referees in the state. A couple of years later, Nate embraced his passion for technology and became his school district’s youngest employee, providing network and desktop support for the district in which he was still just a middle school student. Before leaving the district, Nate pursued college courses in veterinary technology and worked as a veterinary technician at what was then Des Moines’ only emergency veterinary clinic.
Nate has always looked out for those without a voice. Shortly after graduating high school, Nate joined a veterinary disaster response team (known as a VMAT) with the National Disaster Medical System, an organization under the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was twice deployed to Biloxi and New Orleans in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and still cherishes the opportunity to help those in need.
Nate has always been an advocate for individual rights, though he had no clue about the law—or even the slightest thought of being a lawyer—before completing his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Upper Iowa University’s campus in West Des Moines. He developed a firmly liberal view of the First Amendment through hours of talks with his father, who has been a television news photojournalist in Des Moines for more than three decades.
Nate went to law school with plans to enter federal government or law enforcement, but after meeting some excellent civil rights-oriented lawyers and mentors, changed his focus and embraced his passion for civil rights. Nate earned his law degree from Drake University Law School with high honors and completed certificates in Health Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Nate relies on his diverse background, which also includes stints with one of Des Moines’ largest defense firms and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, in aggressively investigating and pursuing employment and civil rights cases. Nate has a special interest in cases where he has the opportunity to demand accountability from local, state, or federal governments, or to protect the rights of public employees.
Since 2019, Nate has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the Litigation – Labor and Employment category. Nate tries cases in state and federal court and has argued before the Iowa Court of Appeals and Iowa Supreme Court. He also oversees the firm’s technology and electronic discovery strategies. In October 2012, the governor appointed Nate to the Dependent Adult Protective Advisory Council. In 2018, the governor appointed Nate to serve as a member of the Landscape Architectural Examining Board.
Nate lives in Clive with his wife, two young sons, and unusually gassy dog (she has a knack for burping.) He still has a passion for soccer (especially Sporting Kansas City), coaches his son’s team, and volunteers as an Age Group Coordinator for the Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club. When he’s not working, Nate enjoys watching sports and breaking up fights between his sons.
State of Iowa (2013)
U.S. District Court Northern & Southern Districts of Iowa (2013)
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (2013)
Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa. Juris Doctorate degree with high honors, certificates in Health Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution (2013)
Upper Iowa University, West Des Moines, Iowa. Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration (law enforcement emphasis) (2009)
Professional Associations and Memberships
National Employment Lawyers Association
Iowa Employment Lawyers Association (former board member)
Iowa Association for Justice
Iowa State Bar Association (Council Member, Litigation Section)
American Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association