845 Quarry Road, Suite 130, Coralville, Iowa 52241

Biographical details

I grew up in Dallas Center, Iowa, where my father, John C. McDonald practiced law for over forty years. After working in the field of education and disabilities for a number of years, encouraged by Dell and my father, I enrolled in and graduated from The University College of Law, was licensed to practice in Iowa and its state court system, and admitted to practice in the United States Federal District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.

I regularly represent parents and students in regard to special education matters, and in other areas of school law. My blog, Special Education Law in Iowa, is available at https://specialeducationlawmmr.blogspot.com/ .I also regularly represent authors in regard to book contracts and publishing matters. In addition, I regularly represent condominium and home owners’ associations, and represent clients in other areas of contract law.

Prior to law school, I graduated from Central College in Pella, and completed my Master’s degree in Education at The University of Iowa, For eleven years, at The University of Iowa, I served as the coordinator of accommodations and services for university students with learning disabilities and other non visible disorders. I have served on the Iowa Arts Council Board, as national president of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders), as a member of a committee on ADHD of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, have given
congressional testimony in regard to disability and education issues. I authored a book on school-age childcare start-up and administration, several book chapters, and articles on students with disabilities published in peer-reviewed journals, and have given a number or related presentations at state and national conferences. In addition, I have served as a continuing legal education faculty member, and as a trustee of a local charitable fund.

Mary M. Richard serves clients throughout Iowa City, Coralville, Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, Muscatine, Tipton and Kalona as well as throughout the surrounding counties of Johnson, Linn, Muscatine, Washington and Benton in Iowa.


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