Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Paula S. Dierenfeld

Paula Dierenfeld is a member of the Governmental Affairs Department at Nyemaster Goode. Paula’s practice is concentrated in the areas of legislative representation, administrative law, and public utilities law.

Prior to joining the firm, Paula served for over 15 years in various positions in federal and state government. Paula has held positions as Staff Assistant to U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley, Research Staff Director in the Iowa General Assembly, Legal Counsel to Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad, and Member of the Iowa Utilities Board.

In addition to providing legislative representation for the Federation of Iowa Insurers, Paula also is currently serving as the organization’s Executive Director. Paula served two terms on the Johnston City Council and is currently in her second term as Johnston's mayor.

Paula received her B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1981 and her J.D. from Drake University in 1984.


Martindale-Hubbell, Distinguished

The Best Lawyers in America®, Government Relations Practice, 2014-2020

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bar Association
Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section
Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section

Iowa State Bar Association
Administrative Law Section

Polk County Bar Association

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University of Northern Iowa (B.A., 1981)

Drake University (J.D., 1984)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1985

Professional Experience

Mayor, City of Johnston, Iowa, 2009-present

Member, Johnston City Council, 2000-2008

Commissioner, Iowa Utilities Board, 1997-1999

Legal Counsel, Governor Terry E. Branstad, 1991-1997

Staff Assistant, Governor Terry E. Branstad, 1989-1991

Director, Senate Research Staff, Iowa General Assembly, 1986-1989

Staff Assistant, U.S. Senator Charles E. Grassley, 1984-1986

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