About Clarissa

Clarissa A. Bierstedt




Most trial lawyers are competitive by nature, and Clarissa Bierstedt is no exception. Pair her competitiveness with her tenacity and you have an attorney who has exactly what it takes to get the win for her clients. Clarissa focuses her practice on civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, professional liability, and contract disputes.

Clarissa diligently represents a range of clients, from individuals to small businesses to large national corporations. Clarissa has obtained favorable jury verdicts and court rulings for her clients and regularly handles litigation with claims in excess of several million dollars.

Clarissa has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© - Ones to Watch in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation. The award recognizes attorneys for outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

On a personal note

Outside of work, you can find Clarissa spending time with her husband and their two children. She also enjoys spending time outside, including gardening, hiking, traveling, and vacationing every summer at Lake Okoboji.

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Iowa

The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch

  • Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2023

During Law School:

  • Dwight D. Opperman Scholar
    • recognizes three outstanding students of exceptionally high achievement and potential whose emphasis on learning influences and inspires others around them
  • Moot Court Board Vice President
  • National Moot Court Team Captain
  • Member of Drake Law Review
  • Supreme Court Administrative Intern
  • National Order of the Barristers - an honor society that recognizes lawyers who demonstrate exceptional skill in trial advocacy

Preparatory Education

Lake Forest College (B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2010)

Legal Education

Drake University (J.D., with high honors, 2015)

American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association
Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys
Polk County Women Attorneys
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Iowa Defense Counsel Association

I love that Peddicord Wharton truly cares about its clients. Our firm's small enough to give personalized service but large enough to have access to resources to provide the very best counsel.

Clarissa A. Bierstedt

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