Overview

Jennifer Drake enjoys shaping our metropolitan area. She represents commercial and residential real estate owners, developers, brokers, lenders, and property managers. Jennifer has extensive experience in acquisitions, dispositions, negotiations, contracts, leases, and financial transactions from serving as in-house counsel for a major real estate company.

She works on behalf of her clients before city councils, zoning boards, and state regulatory agencies by drafting and submitting rezoning requests, platting documents, covenants, and development agreements. Jennifer is able to assist a wide variety of clients in all areas of residential and commercial real estate transactions including title opinions, buy-sell agreements, and related matters. She has also established and represented residential homeowners associations and worked with property managers on legal issues including rental and lease agreements.

Prior to joining Whitfield & Eddy, she was Associate General Counsel of a diversified real estate company with interests in commercial construction, development services, property management, brokerage, and home building. In this capacity, she was responsible for legal issues associated with a significant number of projects throughout the Des Moines metro area and central Iowa.

Jennifer serves as co-chair of the firm's Real Estate practice group.

Experience

Experience

  • Co-Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Law Real Estate Practice Group, 2017—present
  • Member, Whitfield & Eddy Law Business Development Committee, 2017—present
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law, 2017—present
  • Attorney at Law, Whitfield & Eddy Law, 2016—2017
  • Associate General Counsel, Hubbell Realty Company, 2004—2016
  • Intern, Iowa District Court Probate Judge Ruth B. Klotz, 2003

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Real Estate and Title Law; Business Law; Construction Law; Corporate Counsel Committee Member)
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member, Building Owners and Managers Association of Iowa
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Member, Homebuilders Association of Greater Des Moines
  • Member, Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association
  • West Des Moines Leadership Academy 2016—2017

Seminars

  • Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo, September 2017
  • Land Investment Expo, January 2017
  • Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo, Iowa Chapter of the CCIM Institute and the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association, September 2016

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Real Estate Law (2019)

Board Membership

Board Membership

  • Commissioner, West Des Moines Planning and Zoning Commission, 2018—present
  • Secretary and Board Member, West Des Moines Community Enrichment Foundation, 2015—present
  • Board of Directors, West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, 2016—present
  • Board of Directors, Commercial Real Estate Women, 2018—present
  • Board of Trustees, West Des Moines Public Library, 2017
  • Member and Chairperson, West Des Moines Board of Adjustment, 2010—2015

Education

Drake University Law School, J.D., 2003

Drake University, M.P.A., 2003, Pi Alpha Alpha member

Drake University, B.A., 1998

Admissions

  • Iowa
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