Member Spotlight: Deborah Stein

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Attorney Deborah Stein

Deb Stein is a trial attorney at the Law Offices of Idleman, Greene & Goudelock. She can be reached by email at, by telephone at 515-508-6461, or by mail at 666 Walnut Street, Suite 2302, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

Tell us about yourself
I was born in Fremont, Nebraska, in 1967 and raised in Omaha. Though I’ll always be proud of my Cornhusker heritage, I graduated from the University of Iowa in 1989. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993. I spent five years as an associate at what was then Huber, Book, Cortese, Happe & Brown in Des Moines before becoming an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s office. I left there in 2014 to start a new adventure in Nationwide’s Des Moines Trial Division Office – Idleman, Greene & Goudelock. I have practiced workers’ compensation my entire career and exclusively so for the past 12 years. I have been married to Jeff for the past 20 years and we have two sons: Grady, 19, is now a sophomore at the University of Iowa and Clayton, 14, is finishing 8th grade and headed to high school in the fall. Though I am Deb professionally, the rest of the world knows me as Beenie.

What you do to get away from work?
I stay as involved as possible in my sons’ activities ,which, along with volunteering, takes up most of my free time. When we really have time to get away, I love planning and executing an old fashioned family road trip.

What you do to give back to the community?
I spend most of my free time with middle and high school students. Whether serving as a debate or mock trial coach or supporting drama and music programs through school, or joining high school youth group at Faith Lutheran Church every Wednesday, I dig people at this age. Not still children but not yet adults, they need role models in addition to parents and teachers. I have the privilege of becoming a part of their story and helping guide them as they try to figure life out.

Best thing about the Polk County Bar Association?

Words to live by?
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always” -Unknown

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are” -Kurt Cobain

“If we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong.” -Beenie Stein

Your favorite book?
Anything by John Irving.

Best place to visit in Polk County?
The bike paths.

Anything you would change about Polk County?
Just can’t wait for all the downtown construction to end and the roads to open.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A Hip Hop Fly Girl

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Mostly alt rock, especially Seattle grunge.

Last movie you saw?
Captain America: Civil War – my movie buddy is a 14 year old boy.