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Sonci Kingery

Sonci KingerySonci Kingery
Agriculture Law

Phone: (515) 267-9000

Fax: (515) 267-8100


Sonci Kingery is originally from Traer, IA. She attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and graduated from Drake University Law School in 2012. Ms. Kingery has worked with immigration clients who were seeking U-VISA and VAWA remedies as victims of violent crimes. Most of these clients had experienced interpersonal violence in both their home country and in the United States. Ms. Kingery also has handled cases in the areas of child custody, child support, dissolution of marriage, guardianships, and landlord/tenant disputes. Ms. Kingery gained her first trial experience, and win, before she even graduated law school while she was with the General Civil clinic. She also participated in a prosecutor internship in Bremer County. During that internship Ms. Kingery handled numerous cases including speeding tickets, OWIs, animal neglect, and assault.


 Ms. Kingery served on the Drake Journal of Agriculture Law. Her article entitled “The Agricultural Iron Curtain: Ag Gag Legislation and the Threat to Free Speech, Food Safety, and Animal Welfare” was one of a handful of student-written works chosen for publication. Her article can be found in the Fall 2012 publication of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law. Ms. Kingery argued that so-called “ag gag” laws, which sought to make undercover videotaping and photography on agricultural facilities a crime, was a violation of the First Amendment.


 Ms. Kingery operated her own solo law firm before coming to McEnroe, Gotsdiner, Brewer, Steinbach & Rothman. During her time as a solo practitioner she handled court-appointed cases in the areas of criminal and juvenile law. Ms. Kingery represented clients in a variety of cases including OWI, burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and assault.

Recent News

10-18-18: Daniel Rothman showed the state prosecutor that the client’s charges had no merit. The prosecutor indicated to the court that the case must be dismissed. The client’s driving privileges will also be restored and the fact that the client was even charged with the OWI will be expunged from the public record.


10-10-18: Daniel Rothman’s client was charged with domestic assault causing injury. After finding key material on the police videos that was inappropriately omitted from the police reports, the prosecutor dismissed all charges with court costs assessed to the State of Iowa.


8-6-18: Daniel Rothman showed that an investigating officer had not spoken to numerous witnesses on an alleged Felony assault causing serious injury. After contacting other witnesses, recorded statements were given by the defense to the state. Instead of a likely win at trial, the client decided to take an offer from the state to plead to 2 simple misdemeanors and get a deferred judgment. This will lead to the whole case being expunged instead of the possible five year prison sentence the client was facing.


7-27-18: Daniel Rothman argued a motion to suppress alleging that the officer had no reasonable grounds to detain a driver for field sobriety tests. The Court agreed and granted the motion to suppress. The OWI charge as well as the child endangerment charges must be dismissed due to the Court’s ruling. The DOT must reinstate the client’s driving privileges and take the OWI off their driving record.


6-7-18: Daniel Rothman’s client was alleged to have committed more than 15 felony level burglaries. After dealing with the case for several months, the client was able to avoid convictions of any kind.


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