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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

9-4-19: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with an assault in Polk County. Nick asserted a self-defense argument and discussed other flaws in the case with the prosecutor. The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case in its entirety and even to have the state pay the court costs on the matter.


8-22-19: A Polk County prosecutor dismissed an OWI charge against Daniel Rothman’s client without a court hearing. They did so after it was shown to the prosecutor that there were filing deadline issues that would lead to a court ordered dismissal if the state fought the case.


7-18-19: Nicholas Carda’s client was charged with Driving While Revoked in Boone county, and was facing jail time. After working diligently on the case for many months, the prosecutor dismissed all charges.


6-6-19: Daniel Rothman’s client had their OWI 2nd case dismissed and the dot withdrew all sanctions as the officer violated the client’s 804.20 rights. The officer claimed to have informed the client about their phone call rights but the video footage showed that the officer did not and that she lied about doing so in her official police reports.


5-28-19: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with aggravated misdemeanor child endangerment. Although the state made several offers to resolve the case they would not dismiss the matter. The client insisted on a trial or dismissal to clear her name. We showed numerous scientific and testimonial inconsistences to destroy the credibility of the state’s case. The client was found not guilty of all charges


4-17-19: Daniel Rothman’s OWI client tested above the legal limit on the state’s official breath test but he still wanted to have a jury trial. Daniel Rothman argued the matter in Madison county over a 2 day jury trial where the jury could not find the client guilty of OWI, under a driving while impaired or the per se test being above .08. The Jury was split 6-6 and the Court had no choice but to declare a mistrial. It is up to the state to try the matter again or let it go within 90 days.


1-28-19: Daniel Rothman represented a client who was charged with a class B forceable felony burglary and assault, which would have led to a 25 year prison sentence. Over a period of 10 months we used depositions to show the flaws in the state’s case including showing that the alleged victim lied under oath. Finally, the state agreed to dismiss all charges.


1-10-19: Daniel Rothman’s client was alleged to have committed several charges for dealing drugs. After working on the case for several months, the client’s case was dismissed even though a co-defendant was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.


12-11-18: A Dallas County Judge ruled that the motion to suppress evidence argued by Daniel Rothman was correct. The Judge held that the officer violated the Defendant’s rights under Iowa Code section 321J.11 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.


12-7-18: An administrative law judge held that the Daniel Rothman’s client had his rights, under Iowa Code Section 804.20, violated and ordered the IDOT to reinstate the client’s driving privileges.


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.


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