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Marc D. Arends

Marc graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington High School after spending most of his childhood in Humboldt. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College in 1970, and after serving a year on active duty with the Iowa National Guard, he received his law degree from Drake University in 1974. Marc practiced law in Des Moines for two years before joining Bob in practice in Humboldt in 1976. Marc was the Assistant Humboldt County Attorney from 1976 until 1985.

Marc is a member of the Congregational Church, the Humboldt 7 O’Clock Kiwanis, Humboldt Community School Foundation and the Humboldt-Dakota City Chamber of Commerce.

Marc is married to Humboldt native, Linda (Sande) Arends, and the couple has two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Education

  • Cornell College (B.A. – 1970)
  • Drake University Law School (J.D. – 1974)

Memberships and Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Iowa Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • 7 O’Clock Kiwanis (Past President)

Bob Lee
Robert E. Lee

Bob graduated from Humboldt High School in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Secondary Education from the University of Iowa in 1971. He received his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1975.Upon graduation he accepted the position of Humboldt County Attorney, a position he held until 1985. He is City Attorney for the Cities of Dakota City and Bode.

Bob is married to Humboldt native, Jane (Edge) Lee and the couple has three grown children and five grandchildren. When not working, he spends time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoys fishing and hunting, even with limited success.

Education

  • University of Iowa (B.A. – 1971)
  • Washburn University (J.D. – 1975)

Memberships and Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Iowa Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Iowa Finance Authority/Title Guaranty
  • American Heart Association – Humboldt County (Past Chair)
  • American Heart Association, Iowa Affiliate (Past Board Member)
  • Humboldt Library Foundation (Board Member) i. Humboldt Athletic Boosters (Past President)
  • 7 O’Clock Kiwanis (Past President)
  • State of Iowa Executive Department – County Finance Committee (Past Member)
  • Iowa County Attorneys Association – Legislative Committee (Past Member)

Ashley Emick
Ashley M. Emick

Ashley graduated from Johnston High School in 2002. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa in 2005, with a double major in Communication Studies and Political Science. Ashley received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2008. While in school Ashley was involved with the Journal for Gender, Race & Justice, mentoring new law students and a work service trip to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Before joining Arends & Lee in August of 2008 she interned for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, the law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, and the United States Attorney’s Office in Des Moines.

Ashley became a full partner in the firm January 1, 2013, and the firm name was changed to Arends, Lee & Emick at that time. She is admitted to practice in Iowa, the Northern and Southern District of Iowa and the United States Tax Court.

Ashley is married to Humboldt native, Brad Emick, and they have two children.

Education

  • University of Iowa (B.A. – 2005)
  • University of Iowa College of Law (J.D. –2008)

Memberships and Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Humboldt County Bar Association (Treasurer)
  • Iowa Association of Women Attorneys
  • Noon Kiwanis
  • Humboldt Area Arts Council (past board member and Vice President)
  • Humboldt/Dakota City Chamber of Commerce (past board member and chair)
  • Humboldt County Compensation Board
  • Humboldt County Memorial Hospital Foundation (Board Member)
  • Humboldt Young Professionals
  • Humboldt High School Mock Trial (Past Coach & Judge)

Brett Legvold
Brett D. Legvold

Brett graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 2004. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wartburg College in 2007. Brett earned his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2010. b. Before joining Arends, Lee & Emick in May of 2013, Brett practiced in Employment Law and Business and Commercial Litigation for the Wichita, Kansas law firm of Martin Pringle, the same firm that he interned with while in law school.

Brett is married to Eagle Grove native, Katie Legvold (Cooper) and have one child. Outside of work, Brett enjoys golfing, traveling, spending time with family and friends and supporting the Iowa State Cyclones.

Education

  • Wartburg College (B.A. – 2007)
  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. – 2010)

Memberships and Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Humboldt Rotary Club
  • Kansas Bar Association