Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Steven H. Lytle

Steve Lytle’s practice includes representation of both husbands and wives in large asset cases involving complex business, property, and transactional matters; spousal support issues; division of executive compensation and benefits, including bonus arrangements, stock grants, options, and pension, and retirement assets; and related divorce tax issues. His practice includes representation of international clients, including cases arising under the Hague Convention. Steve serves as a family law mediator for the District Court Mediation Program. He served on the Supreme Court Child Support Guideline Review Committee in 2003-2004 and co-chaired the committee in 2007-2008 and again in 2012.


 Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, Des Moines, 2009

The Best Lawyers in America®: Family Law, 1993-2020

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Great Plains Super Lawyers, Family Law, 2009-2019

Phi Eta Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma

Order of the Coif

Member, Drake Law Review, 1974-1976

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association
Board of Governors, 2002-2004
Supreme Court Budget Committee, 2001-2003
Family Law Section Council, 1990-1993, 1995-1998; Section Chair, 1997-1998

Polk County Bar Association
Family Law Committee, 1979-1993; Chair, 1985-1990
Ethics Committee, 1996-2002; Chair, 1999-2002

Fellow, Iowa State Bar Foundation

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1992-Present

Board of Trustees, Urbandale Public Library, 1987-2005

Board of Directors, Urbandale Public Library Foundation, 1987-present

Board of Trustees, Endow Urbandale Community Fund, 2001-present

Capital Improvements Planning Committee, City of Urbandale, 1998-present

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Drake University (B.S.B.A., 1967; J.D., with honors, 1976)

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1976

Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Professional Experience

Instructor, Drake University Law School, 1976-1977, 1990

Captain, USAF, 1967-1972; Captain, ANG, 1972-1976

Significant Cases

In Re Marriage of Coyer, 2004 WL 2002448 (Iowa Ct. App. September 9, 2004).

In Re Marriage of Lyman, 2002 WL 1585904 (Iowa Ct. App. July 19, 2002).

In Re Marriage of Fox, 559 N.W.2d 26 (Iowa 1997).

In Re Marriage of Spiegel, 553 N.W.2d 309 (Iowa 1996).

Rydder v. Rydder, 49 F.3d 369 (8th Cir. 1995).

Speeches and Publications

Steve is a frequent speaker on family law topics, including retirement plans and their equitable distribution, preparation of QDROs, tax aspects of divorce, and creative solutions for complex business and transactional issues in dissolution of marriage proceedings. Steve was Consultant to the Editor for Pension Valuation Strategies in Divorce, by Marvin Snyder (Professional Education Systems, Inc. 1989).

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