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Attorney Mark Olberding

I'm not your typical attorney. I understand that with such a broad spectrum of legal issues, people are looking for someone who understands their specific needs – not a lawyer that takes any case that happens to walk through the door. I specialize in Adoptions, Criminal Defense and Juvenile Law.

I have been practicing law in Nevada, Story, Marshall, Boone, Hamilton and Hardin counties for over 30 years and for the last 20 plus years as the owner of the Olberding Law Office. I have broad experience defending all levels of criminal charges, handling juvenile delinquency cases, acting as an advocate in Child in Need of Assistance cases, and guiding the adoption process. As an adoptive parent myself, I feel a special connection to helping people through their adoptions.

My office is located at 1129 5th Street, Nevada, Iowa. It is located just off of Lincoln Highway on 5th Street and is southeast of the Dairy Queen. The office is a two-story red brick four square former house with a glassed-in front porch building and a handicap ramp.

Normal business hours are from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Monday through Friday, Saturdays by appointment. You'll find further contact information at the bottom of this site, as well as on the contact page.

I practice primarily in Story County, however, I also take cases in Marshall, Boone, Jasper, Hamilton and Hardin Counties. I do not take cases in Polk County. I do not take cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, employment law, civil rights, malpractice or bankruptcy.

I graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 1986 and have been in Nevada ever since. Currently, I am admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa. I am a member of the Iowa State Bar Association (Family and Juvenile Law Section and Criminal Law Section), the Story County Bar Association and the Iowa Public Defender’s Association. I was an officer in the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corp from 1989 to 2004 with an honorable discharge as a Major.


  • Iowa State Bar Association - 1986

  • Story County Bar Association - 1986


  • J.D. - Creighton University School of Law, 1986

  • B.S. in Political Science & Economics - Creighton University, 1983


  • Iowa Association of Mediators


  • Partner - Miller, LoRang, & Olberding Law Office, 1986-1994

  • Olberding Law Office, 1994-present