Elisabeth Archer's practice focuses on complex civil disputes and white collar criminal defense. She combines her trial experience as a former Assistant Polk County Attorney with her understanding of large and intricate legal matters from her clerkship with a federal judge to provide effective and insightful representation to the firm's clients.

Accolades and Achievements

Immediately before joining The Weinhardt Law Firm, Elisabeth served as an Assistant Polk County Attorney in Des Moines where she managed a docket of over 1,000 criminal cases. She tried many dozens of cases to verdict or judgment in jury and bench trials, with nearly all of them ending in guilty verdicts or findings. Before becoming a prosecutor, Elisabeth served as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge John A. Jarvey of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

While in law school at the University of Iowa, Elisabeth was actively involved in the Iowa Law Review, serving as a Contributing Editor and publishing Establishing Principled Interpretation Standards in Iowa's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Jurisprudence, 100 IOWA L. REV. 323 (2014), which has since been cited in appellate opinions in Iowa and elsewhere. During law school, Elisabeth interned with the Honorable Edward Mansfield and the Honorable Thomas Waterman of the Iowa Supreme Court.


Elisabeth was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and she graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During college she lived in Washington, D.C. and interned for a member of the United States House of Representatives. In her spare time, among other things, Elisabeth collects antiques and visits presidential libraries.

  • Email: Elisabeth Archer
  • Direct: 515.564.5271
  • Office: 515.244.3100
  • Fax: 515.288.0407
  • Address:
    2600 Grand Avenue, Ste. 450
    Des Moines, Iowa 50312
  • Assistant: Nissa Maddalone
  • Direct: 515.564.5275


Legal: University of Iowa, J.D., high distinction, 2015 (Contributing Editor, Iowa Law Review)
Undergraduate: Luther College, B.A. (political science), magna cum laude, 2011

Practice Areas

Litigation: Complex Civil Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Trials, Appeals, Internal Investigations

Admitted to Practice

States: Iowa

Federal Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa