Ashley Tollakson

Hi there! If you remember nothing else about me, please remember this: I care about each and every one of my clients and I will do everything I can to make sure that you are heard, informed and comfortable.

I grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa, having graduated from Valley High School. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Iowa and my law degree from Drake University Law School. I was admitted to practice law in Iowa in 2009, and embarked on a career dedicated to helping families in transition/crisis.After law school, I worked as an associate attorney for Hartung & Schroeder, a general practice firm located in Des Moines.

In May 2015, I partnered with Kim Stamatelos and together we formed Stamatelos & Tollakson, PLLC. Our firm is committed to reclaiming the practice of law as a healing profession. We use innovative legal techniques, such as collaborative law, mediation and negotiation, so we can help you dissolve your marriage with respect and dignity — with courtroom resolution only as a last resort. I am extremely passionate about helping families transition peacefully and launching them successfully post-divorce. I am also a certified family law mediator, and regularly mediate divorce and other family law related matters.

I reside in Des Moines with my husband TJ, son Theo, daughters Drew and Frankie and dogs, Winnie (a.k.a. Pooh Bear) and Murphy. Outside of my family and work at the Compassionate Alliance, my other true love is running. Although I would like to say that I “just run for fun,” the truth is I am extremely competitive and love pushing myself to new limits bests. I have competed in more than seven marathons and hold a personal best time of 2:44:06 for the 26.2-mile distance. My proudest running accomplishment to date is having qualified for and competed in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Team Trials. Toeing the line with the best women marathon runners in the United States was an experience I will always cherish.

For more fun facts, please feel free to read Mile posts: Ashley Tollakson targets return to racing in 2015.

You can set up an appointment with me by calling 515-223-1631 or emailing I look forward to meeting you!