Bray & Klockau, P.L.C. is a four-lawyer firm dedicated to the practice of domestic relations, family law, and adoption.
We are located in a historic building two blocks east of the Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City, Iowa.
Our firm specializes in all family law matters including complex divorce litigation, high asset property settlements, child custody cases, adoption, mediation, and appeals. We use litigation, settlement strategies, and mediation to assist clients in finding solutions to problems. We take time to educate our clients so that they can make informed choices as their case progresses.
402 South Linn Street
Iowa City IA 52240
Bray & Klockau, P.L.C. will represent your Family legal matters.
-Dissolution of Marriage
-Family Law Appeals
-Domestic Abuse Protective Orders
Daniel L. Bray received his J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1972. Daniel is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Iowa and the U.S. District Court in the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. He was admitted to practice in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court in June of 1981. He is the author of Iowa Matrimonial Law, a law treatise first published in 1986 and annually updated. Daniel limited his practice to family law and domestic relations beginning in 1989.
Daniel is active in national, state and local family law organizations. He is a member of the American Bar Association, having served on the Family Law Section Publications Development Board from 2002 until 2009 and as a board member he was the concept editor of "Creating Effective Parenting Plans" and "Stock Options for Family Lawyers". He has served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association for two terms, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. He has served as Chair of the Johnson County Bar Association where he has been an active member of the Family Law Committee.
Daniel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers from 1985 to present and he is a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He was Co-Chair and continues to be a member of the Supreme Court of Iowa Pro Se Family Law Committee, 2006 to present. During the period of 1998 to 2004 he was a member of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Human Subject Review Committee A which reviewed all research protocols on human subjects at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Daniel Bray was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers during its November 2010 meeting.
Daniel Bray also became a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers in December of 2010. Admission to the College is by invitation to family trial lawyers who have attained national distinction.
Domestic Relations; Family Law
1973, Iowa; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
University of Iowa, J.D.
Johnson County, Iowa State (Chair, Family Law Section, 2003-2005) and American (Member: Family Law Section; Publication Board of Family Law Section) Bar Associations, American Academy of Family Lawyers (1985 - present), American College of Family Trial Lawyers (2010 - present).
Author/Speaker: "Hand-in-Hand With Your Lawyer", Summer 2011 Family Law Advocate, "Pro Se Litigants", March 31, 2011, "Tax and Financial Issues of Same-Sex Marriage", October 29, 2010, "Prenuptial Agreements", July 23, 2009, "Successful Negotiation Strategies in Divorce", April 9, 2009, "Developmentally Appropriate Visitation: Creating Effective Parenting Plans", February 2007, "What is Equitable Distribution Anyway?" 2000; Iowa Matrimonial Law, Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1994; "The Effect of Bankruptcy on Domestic Relations," 1993; "The Preparation and Trial of Child Custody Cases: Back to Basics," 1993; "Iowa's Premarital Agreement Act," 1992; "Interface Between Family Law and Bankruptcy Law," 1992. Editor, ISBA Family Law Report, 1990-1994. Member, Iowa House of Representatives, 1971-1972. Chairman, Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Juvenile Rules of Procedure, 1975-1985. Fellow: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
University of Iowa
Lori L. Klockau received a B.S. in 1980, M.A. in 1982 and a J.D. in 1991 from the University of Iowa. She worked as a prosecuting intern at the Johnson County Attorney's Office from 1990 to 1991. She began practicing family and adoption law in 1991. Lori's areas of practice include adoption, divorce, domestic issues of unmarried and same-sex couples. She also does surrogate and gestational carrier cases and contracts.
Lori is an active member of the Iowa State Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Johnson County Bar Association. Lori is the current President of the Johnson County Bar Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Endowment.
Lori is a past counsel member for the Iowa State Bar Association Family and Juvenile Law Section. Her service also includes being the Chair of the Adoption Subcommittee of the ISBA Family and Juvenile Law Section. Lori currently is co-chair of the Johnson County Bar Association Family Law Committee. She is a Life Member of Girl Scouts of America and has volunteered at Camp Nauvoo for over thirty years. She is a founder of Concerned Citizens of Sand Prairie Preservation which helped create a new 80 acre nature park in Iowa City. Lori is a frequent speaker on a variety of family law topics including adoption, divorce, and child custody.
Domestic Relations; Family Law; Adoption
University of Iowa, J.D.
Iowa State (Chair, Committee on Adoption Council, 2005-2008) and American (Member, Family Law Section; Chair, Adoption Committee) Bar Associations; American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Johnson County (President January 2012 - present, Chair, Family Law Committee, 1993-1994 and 2010 - 2012); Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys (2014 - present); and on the Board of Governors for the Iowa State Bar Association (2014 - present).
Author: The Best of the Best in Iowa Family Law Documents, October 27, 2011. Non Marital Partnership Agreements and Forms, October 3, 2011, How Alimony and Property Division Intertwine, October 29, 2010, Hot Tips from the Experts, October 25, 2007, International Law and Immigration: How It Affects Divorce, Travel, and Child Custody, October 26, 2006; Common Questions with Clear Answers, October 27, 2005; Adoption: A Practitioner's Guide, April 15, 2005; Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act, March 3, 2005. Co-Editor, ISBA Family Law Section Newsletter, 2003-2005. Author, "Adoption by Same-Sex Couples," October 21, 2004; "Adoption Law in Iowa," August 20, 2003. Co-Author: "Promoting a Healthy Tomorrow Here for Children Adopted from Abroad," Contemporary Pediatrics Issue, February 2003; "Termination of Parental Rights and Iowa Adoption Law," October 9, 2002; "Making Visitation Fit the Child," June 20, 2002; "Alimony, Making the Payer's Case and Making the Recipient's Case," October 26, 2001; "Domestic Law in Iowa," September 14, 2001; "Adoption Primer," May 31, 2001; Adoption Law in Iowa Terminating Parental Rights - Laws You Need to Be Aware Of," March 29, 2001; "Adoption Law in Iowa," September, 14, 1999; "Adoption Law Update," October 16, 1998; "The Basics of Spousal Support," June 18, 1997; "Tax Aspects of Divorce," May 30, 1997; "Adoption in Iowa," April 24, 1997; "Tax Clauses in Divorce Settlements and Decrees," October 3-4, 1996; "Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption in Iowa," November 11, 1994; Editor, ISBA Family Law Report, 1991-1994; "The Bounds of Advocacy," October 8, 1993; "The Preparation and Trial of Child Custody Cases," June 1993.
Fort Madison, Iowa
University of Iowa
Chad has practiced exclusively in domestic relations and family law since joining Bray & Klockau in 1996. Chad has a trial and appellate practice, and also provides mediation and other alternative dispute resolution services as a substantial part of his practice. Chad received his J.D. with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1996. He received his B.A. from Coe College in 1993. Chad is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the area of family law, and in Super Lawyers, a honors conferred by his peers in the profession.
Chad's practice focuses on effective problem solving through litigation, settlement negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Chad earned a certificate in divorce and family law mediation from Northwestern University in 2005. He is designated as an Advanced Mediator with the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. He is a roster mediator for the Sixth Judicial District Family Mediation Program and offers traditional, caucus-style, and settlement directive forms of mediation.
Chad is an active member of the American Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, and Johnson County Bar Association. Chad is a past member of the Section Council and previously served as Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Family & Juvenile Law Section. Chad currently serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines Review Committee. Chad is a frequent speaker on a variety of family law topics around the state. Chad is currently developing teaching materials on child support, public records, and mediation topics.
Domestic Relations; Family Law; Mediation; Appeals
University of Iowa, J.D.
Johnson County (ADR Committee Chair, Family Law Committee Past-Chair), Iowa State (Member, Family Law Section, 1996, Section Vice-Chair 2010-2011, Section Chair 2011-2012) and American (Member, Family Law Section, 1996) Bar Associations; Academy of Professional Family Mediators (Advanced Mediator).
Author: "Farm Issues in Divorce" 2014, "Preparing a Dissipation of Martial Assets Case" 2014, "Lawyer and Client Preparation To Make Mediation Work" 2013, "Changes to the Child Support Guidelines" 2013, Useful Websites and Computer Software for Family Law Cases" 2012, "Preparing Clients for Effective Mediation and Settlement" 2011, "Calculating Child Support for Farmers" 2011, "The Child Support Guidelines: Clear Answers to the Questions You Are Afraid to Ask" 2010", "Mining Public Records for Family Law Gold" 2009, Dissipation of Marital Assets," 2008; "Temporary Orders," 2007; "Iowa Fin Plan," 2006; "Common Questions and Clear Answers: Child Custody and Child Support," 2006; "Common Uses of Software in Your Family Law Practice," 2005; "Strategies for the Family Law Appeal," 2003; "Web Resources for the Family Law Lawyer," 2003; "Support Master: Spitting Out More Than Numbers," 2002; "Organizing the Statement of the Case and Facts and the Appendix," 1998. Contributor, ISBA Iowa Family Law Manual 2012, Co-Editor, ISBA Family Law Report, 2003-2005. Divorce and Family Law Mediator, 2005.
University of Iowa
David's practice is limited to family law and domestic relations. David graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of law in 2007. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Iowa, he worked as a judicial law clerk for the District Court of Iowa District 2B. As a law clerk he assisted trial court judges in Iowa with legal research, writing and preparing orders, preparing and assisting with trials, and other court-related tasks. A significant amount of David's work included assisting the court with criminal and civil cases, including family and domestic relations law. David also spent his third year in law school as a prosecuting intern for the Johnson County Attorney's Office where he prosecuted misdemeanors.
David joined Bray & Klockau P.L.C. in 2008. His family law and domestic relations law practice is a litigation and trial practice. David handles cases such as divorces, child custody cases, child support actions, paternity actions, adoptions, and child in need of assistance proceedings. David practices in Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Iowa City, Mt. Pleasant, Muscatine, Washington, and the surrounding areas.
David is active in the state and local family law organizations. He has been a member of the American Bar Association and Iowa State Bar Association since 2007. He has been a member of the family law section of the Iowa State Bar Association since 2008. David is a member of the Section Council of the Iowa State Bar Association Family & Juvenile Law Section. David is also co-chair of the Johnson County Bar Association Family Law Committee.
David has made presentations to both the Johnson County and Linn County Bar Associations in addition to the Iowa State Bar Association. David is also currently teaching and developing materials for local and statewide presentations.
Domestic Relations, Family Law
University of Iowa, J.D.
Johnson County, Iowa State (Member: Family Law Section 2008; Communication Committee Chair of Family Law Section 2011 to present; Counsel Member 2012 to present) and American Bar Associations (Member: Young Lawers' Division, Domestic Abuse Law Section 2007).
Judicial Law Clerk, Iowa District Court, District 2B. Author: "Discoverability of Mental Health Records in Family Law Cases" 2010; "Effective Restrictions on Visitation" 2011. "Gifts and Inheritance Claims in Dissolution Cases" 2012.
University of Iowa