Shayla McCormally is a problem solver. Whether helping clients navigate difficult surrogacy issues, untangle family law problems, or recover after being injured, Shayla devotes herself to creating the best possible solutions for her clients. “Whatever the issue, I want to get to the core of the problem and come up with a solution,” Shayla explains. “With creativity, hard work, and honesty, we can get things resolved positively and fairly.”

Shayla maintains a general practice, including but not limited to civil litigation and family law. She is also experienced with surrogacy, business organization, and personal injury. In her litigation practice, Shayla takes the skills and experience she gained working as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice (Civil Tax Division) and puts them to work for her clients. She also gained extensive courtroom experience as a prosecutor in Johnson County.

Shayla is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was very active in trial advocacy as a member of the National Trial Advocacy Team and the recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award. While practicing in Washington, DC, she coached trial advocacy teams for Georgetown Law School, where her teams won both team and individual honors.

Shayla maintains an active interest in politics, particularly campaign finance and legal compliance. Her article “Show Us Your Money: Halting the Use of Trade Organizations as Covert Conduits for Corporate Campaign Contributions” was published in 2007.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Iowa (2008)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa

Memberships and Activities

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court, Administrator
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys, Compliance Chair (2014)
  • Plymouth United Congregational Church, Plymouth


  • Preparatory education: University of California-Los Angeles
    • B.A., Political Science, History and Religion, 2001
    • Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude , regent and alumni scholar
  • Legal education: University of Iowa College of Law
    • J.D., with distinction, 2008

Academic Involvement

  • National Trial Advocacy Team
  • Journal of Corporation Law
  • Stephenson Trial Advocacy Competition Coordinator
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award
  • Willard J. Boyd Award for Public Service (Highest Honors)


  • Associate Attorney, Wandro & Associates, (2013 – 2016)
  • Associate Attorney, Baer Law Office, (2012-2013)
  • Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Tax Division, Washington DC (2008-2010)
  • Prosecuting Intern, Johnson County Attorney’s Office, Iowa City, Iowa (2006-2007)