Trent Law Firm, PLLC is a Cedar Valley general practice law firm that seeks to provide client-focused, results-driven legal services to individuals, families, and businesses across Iowa. Although the firm is general practice, the most common practice areas include real estate, business law (including creditor’s rights), family law, estate planning, guardian ad litem services, and guardianship & conservatorships.
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Brooke Trent is the founding member of Trent Law Firm, PLLC. Brooke has been practicing law in the Cedar Valley since 2007. She was a partner at another local firm prior to beginning Trent Law in 2015. She graduated summa cum laude from Wartburg College with a B.A. in business administration. Subsequently, she graduated from University of Iowa College of Law with a juris doctorate (J.D.) with highest honors for the Boyd Service Award. Brooke is also a former participant of the Walt Disney World College Program where she completed a practicum in human resource management and a practicum in guest service and expectations.
Brooke is actively and passionately involved in professional and community organizations. She enjoys teaching opportunities which include serving as a presenter for organizations such as Iowa Credit Union League, Iowa Land Title Association & National Business Institute and as an adjunct professor for University of Northern Iowa, Hawkeye Community College, and for Upper Iowa University’s MBA Program. Brooke has been elected to the Iowa Judicial Branch’s Judicial Nominating Committee for our judicial district and to the Iowa State Bar Association’s Real Estate Title Standards Committee. Brooke also received a mayoral appointment to serve on the Community Development Board for the City of Waterloo. Brooke previously served as an alumni member of Wartburg College's Leadership Certificate National Advisory Board and as the chairperson for Cedar Valley's Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa where she was honored as "2008 Volunteer of the Year." In 2016, Brooke was awarded the "20 under 40" Award by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier for her community activism and professional dedication.
Brooke is a general practice attorney but her primary practice areas include business law, contracts, real estate, estate planning & probate, guardianships & conservatorships, creditors’ rights (collections law), personal injury law and general litigation. For more information about these areas of law, please visit Our Services or contact us directly.
Virginia Wilber is a native of Waterloo and has been practicing law in the Cedar Valley since 2012. Prior to joining Trent Law in 2016, Virginia was an associate attorney at a law firm in Waterloo.
Virginia graduated summa cum laude from Drake University in 2004 with a B.A. in journalism, international relations and a minor in French. Subsequently, she moved to New York for a communications internship with The Fellowship of Reconciliation. While in New York, she attended law school at City University of New York School of Law (CUNY). She graduated from CUNY in 2010 with a juris doctorate (J.D.) and was then admitted to the New York State Bar.
In New York, Virginia participated in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and worked with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Women’s League of Burma on the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma (March 2, 2010). She also interned with a federal magistrate judge in the Southern District of New York and with several national and local non-profits in the area of economic justice. She worked in both Manhattan and Brooklyn housing courts. Virginia was honored to receive the NY State Courts’ Access to Justice Program 2011 Pro Bono Service Award.
While in New York, Virginia met her husband, a fellow Midwesterner. They returned to the Cedar Valley in 2012 and now have two beautiful children. Virginia has been a member of the Board of the Cedar Bend Humane Society since 2013 and served as Board Secretary from 2015-2017. She was elected to the magistrate nominating commission for Black Hawk County in 2012 and is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Waterloo.
Virginia loves to spending time with her family, visiting Cedar Valley Arboretum, reading, and traveling.
Michele R. McCann is an attorney licensed in Iowa and Illinois with over 24 years of legal experience. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English in 1990 and earned her juris doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1993. Michele began practicing law in 1993 in Rock Island, Illinois, and received her Iowa law license in 1995. Since that time, she has practiced law in the Quad Cities, Des Moines and Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Prior to joining Trent Law in 2017, Michele was a sole practitioner in the Cedar Valley for four years.
Throughout her career, Michele's practice has focused primarily on family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, post-decree modification, and paternity matters. She also has significant experience handling appeals and juvenile law matters. In addition to practicing law, Michele is a certified mediator with the Iowa Association of Mediators and serves as a family law mediator for the First Judicial District of Iowa.
Michele has been actively involved in numerous community organizations throughout her career. Michele is passionate about mentoring young women in the community and has served as a mentor for both the Cedar Valley United Way's Women to Women Career Mentoring program, as well as the YWCA of Black Hawk County's Mentoring Program. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, as well as mentored a child as a Big Sister. She has previously served as Board of Directors President for the YWCA of the Quad Cities and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Council of the Quad Cities. Michele is passionate about volunteering within the Cedar Falls Community School District and has held leadership positions within parent/teacher organizations, as well as volunteered countless hours in the classroom.
Michele and her husband live in Cedar Falls with their two children. She loves spending time with her family, attending her children's sporting events and activities, running, biking, and traveling.
Amanda serves as the operations manager and as a legal assistant for Trent Law Firm, PLLC. In her role as operations manager, Amanda is assigned the day-to-day task of maintaining the business side of the firm. In her role as a legal assistant, she works with both attorneys on a variety of matters involving business formation (corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies), real estate matters (real estate closings, title review, title objection clearance, real estate transfer documents, farm sales/auctions, rental agreements, real estate purchase agreements & disclosures, FSBO), creditors’ rights (collections, small claims, civil lawsuits and litigation) and probate matters (estate planning, probate administration, trust administration, guardian ad litem, guardianship and conservatorship administration).
Amanda graduated cum laude from Upper Iowa University with a B.A. in Business Administration. Amanda has extensive client and customer service experience. She has worked in a variety of industries including direct sales and marketing, the financial sector, mortgage lending and legal services. She previously worked with Attorney Trent and Attorney Wilber at another law firm where her focus was exclusively real estate and closings.
Amanda is an Iowa native. She currently resides in Waterloo with her husband Jake and her son Jaeden. Her spare time consists of traveling for her son’s gymnastics, attending school events, volunteering at her son’s school and with the local humane society. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing. Amanda is passionate about the legal field and continues to expand her knowledge base to better assist our clients in all legal matters.
Malynda Ryan serves as a legal assistant for Trent Law Firm, PLLC. She works with all of our attorneys on a variety of matters involving family law (including divorce and custody matters), estate planning, real estate, creditor’s rights (including collections), and elder law (such as guardianship and conservatorship matters).
A native of Waterloo and an alum of Columbus High School, Malynda graduated cum laude from Wartburg College with a B.A. in Business Administration. While living in the United Kingdom, she earned a Master of Fine Arts with Distinction, which is the highest honors, from the University of Lincoln.
Malynda was previously a team manager in a customer service setting. That experience honed her skills to ensuring that clients are given the best service possible. She also has served as a legal assistant at other law firms in both Waterloo and in Davenport. Those experiences gave her the practical experience to provide responsive and attentive care to clients in a variety of legal service capacities.
In her spare time, Malynda is passionate about the humanities. She enjoys a variety of the Arts including visual, musical, and literature. She is an avid reader and enjoys creating textile arts.
Emily Sheerer, Legal Assistant
Emily Sheerer serves as a legal assistant and receptionist for Trent Law Firm, PLLC. She works with all of our attorneys on a variety of matters involving estate planning, real estate, family law, creditor’s rights (including collections), and elder law (such as guardianship and conservatorship matters).
A native of Waterloo and a graduate of East High School, Emily has previously worked in banking, accounting and customer service industries before beginning work as a legal assistant. Her dedication to both detail and customer service enables to her to provide clients with responsive and attentive care. In her spare time, Emily and her husband make Cedar Falls their home where they enjoy spending time with their extended family, watching football and raising their two children.
Quinton Baenziger, Intern
Quinton Baenziger is an Intern for Trent Law Firm, PLLC. He also attends the University of Northern Iowa where he is a Junior studying Finance with a minor in Ethics. He has made the Dean's List 3 semesters while at UNI. During the school year, Quinton is the Co-President of the Pre-Law Club and also works at Maucker Union. In his spare time, you will find Quinton at the gym, golfing, or disc golfing. Quinton loves to spend time outside with friends and family. Once he graduates in the spring of 2019, Quinton plans to attend law school.
Trent Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to providing client-focused advocacy that is driven by creating practical solutions and being responsive to your needs. We have a passion for providing impeccable client service in our areas of practice. Trent Law Firm, PLLC is a general practice firm that includes but is not limited to business law (including creditor's rights law), family law, real estate, estate planning (including guardianship, conservatorship and guardian ad litem services), personal injury law, and many other areas. For testimonials from clients, please read the reviews here.
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We have experience in representing all types of businesses from start-up businesses to established businesses, from small "mom-and-pop" businesses to large corporations. We can help you start a new business. We can help you collect your delinquent accounts receivable. Or we can even help with business succession planning. Since 2009, Brooke has served as an instructor for creditor law seminars through National Business Institute which assist collection managers, attorneys, and small business owners with collection efforts and other business law issues. Additionally, Brooke is an adjunct professor in the business department at Hawkeye Community College and at Upper Iowa University’s MBA Program. Virginia was a member of the Economic Justice Project for Main Street Legal Services and is also on the executive council for the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
We can assist you with a variety of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, post-decree modification, paternity matters, and prenupital agreements ("prenups"). Michele has over two decades of experience in handling family law matters by providing a blend of advocacy, compassion, and practical solutions for her clients. In addition to practicing law, Michele is a certified mediator with the Iowa Association of Mediators and serves as a family law mediator for the First Judicial District of Iowa.
We have experience in assisting with residential, agricultural and commercial real estate. This includes assistance with buyers and sellers on FSBO (for sale by owner) transactions and realtor-involved transactions. We can assist with everything from negotiations, purchase agreements, seller disclosures, leases, title opinions, title issue resolution and closings. Brooke is an elected member on the Iowa State Bar Association's Real Estate Title Standards Committee and a mayor-appointee to serve on the City of Waterloo’s Community Development Board. She is also an instructor with the Iowa Land Title Association's Land Title Professional Advanced Certification Course. Brooke & Virginia both are on the Black Hawk County Bar Association’s Real Estate Committee. Amanda previously has worked at a local bank and a local credit union in mortgage processing.
We have experience assisting individuals and families create estate plans that meet their needs. This can involve wills, trusts, living wills, financial power-of-attorney, health care power-of-attorney, and burial designations. We can also assist you in probating your loved one’s estate and making the transfer of any related assets.
We have experience in assisting individuals with obtaining guardianships or conservatorships over children in need or over adults with diminished capacity. We can also provide representation for the children or the adults with diminished capacity via status as a guardian ad litem.
We have experience in assisting individuals recover money damages after they have been injured in a car accident or other unfortunate situation. Sometimes these experiences involve the litigation process, but other times these experiences involve negotiating a settlement with the other driver or his or her insurance company or simply reviewing the paperwork involving the settlement that the client has reached with the other party.
We have experience serving in many other cases that are not listed by practice area (including but not limited to adoption, landlord-tenant disputes, trusts, contract review, asset protection, general litigation or other disputes). If we cannot assist you or if we feel another attorney would be a better expert in a particular field for you, we would be happy to direct you to another firm that specializes in a certain area of law.
Trent Law Firm, PLLC is located at 2712 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa (which is just off Cedar Heights Drive between Greenhill Road and University Avenue). You may contact us at 319-277-1610 or via email at . The attorneys and staff at Trent Law Firm are proud to be a part of the Cedar Falls & Waterloo community.
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