Danya M. Keller regularly counsels and represents both employers and employees in employment-related matters. As an advisor to employers and managers, Danya assists clients in ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws. Danya also represents employees in civil rights matters and in obtaining ERISA-governed employee benefits.

Her background as a journalist makes her an effective researcher and writer who is able to communicate complex legal issues in concise and accessible terms. These skills are an invaluable resource in counseling clients, advising insurance companies on complex coverage issues, and drafting trial and appellate court briefs.

Additionally, as part of the firm’s liquor licensing practice group, Danya advises local and national retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers on matters related to compliance with Iowa’s liquor licensing laws.



Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2014—present
  • Law Clerk, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2012—2014
  • Judicial Extern, Iowa Supreme Court, Justice Brent R. Appel, 2014

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute

Seminars Recently Attended

  • Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • American Board of Trial Advocates Masters In Trial Seminar, May 2017
  • Iowa State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Johnston, IA, October 2016
  • Iowa State Bar Association Fundamentals of  Federal Practice Seminar, September 2016
  • Defense Research Institute Life, Health Disability and ERISA Seminar, April 2016

News & Events

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Selected Publications

  • Co-Author, Co-Presenter (with Nicholas O. Cooper), "Brewery and Distillery Business Entity Selection, Formation, Finance and Insurance" and "Licensing, Labeling and Regulatory Compliance," Brewery and Distillery Law in Iowa, National Business Institute, June 2017
  • Co-author (with Drew Gentsch), "Overview of Public Bonding in Iowa," Iowa Defense Counsel Association Update Vol. XVIII, No. 1, Winter 2016
  • Co-author (with Drew Gentsch), "The Use of Confession in Judgment Clauses Within Indemnity Agreements," Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), Fall 2015
  • Co-author (with John Fatino), “The Litigator’s Toolbox: The Preclusive Use of Prior Guilty Pleas in Fidelity Cases,” Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter (of ABA-TIPS), Spring 2014
  • “The Eighth Circuit’s Evolving Standard of Review in ERISA Conflict of Interest Cases: Past, Present, and Future," 62 Drake L. Rev 857 (2014)


Drake University Law School, J.D., 2014, with highest honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Dwight D. Opperman Scholar, 2011-2014
  • Executive Editor, Drake Law Review, 2013-2014

National-Louis University, M.A. Public Policy, 2011

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. Journalism, Philosophy, 2005


  • Iowa
    U.S. District Court – Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court – Northern District of Iowa