Holly A. Corkery

Ms. Corkery regularly practices in the areas of employment law (both public and private sector), school law, municipal law, workers’ compensation,and insurance defense.  Ms. Corkery represents employers on a variety of issues including social media issues, employee discipline, employee drug testing, collective bargaining, employee leave issues, employee disability issues, workers' compensation, and general civil litigation.  Ms. Corkery additionally represents public employers on issues unique to those entities, including public records requests and open meetings. 


  • The University of Iowa (J.D., 2012)
  • Coe College (B.A., 2009)

Professional Affiliations

Active or formerly active in the following organizations:

  • Linn County Bar Association, Member; Board of Governors (current)
  • Iowa Association of School Boards
  • Iowa Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
  • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys

Additional Biographical Information

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Government Practice Group, Council Member (current)
  • Marion Chamber, Board of Directors (current)
  • Volunteer with Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa
  • Marion Leadership in Action Class of 2018-2019
  • Iowa Law Review, Bulletin Essays Editor (2011-2012)

Presentation and Publications

  • All Things Human Resources, Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association Fall 2020 Conference
    • Des Moines, Iowa, October 23, 2020
  • Navigating Employee Leaves of Absence—It’s Hard Enough Without Covid-19!, IASHRM HR 2020 & Beyond Virtual Conference
    • October 15, 2020
  • Navigating Employment Issues During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Iowa Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference 
    • Ames, Iowa, September 18, 2020
  • Legal Update 2020, Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association 
    • Cedar Rapids, Iowa, January 14, 2020
  • How Does Our City Enforce Ordinances, Iowa League of Cities 2019 Annual Conference 
    • Dubuque, Iowa, September 27, 2019
  • Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, Iowa Public Employer Labor Relations Association Spring Meeting
    • Cedar Rapids, Iowa, May 3, 2019
  • Contributor, Human Resources Administration and Labor Relations update, Iowa Municipal Policy Leaders' Handbook, 2019
  • Labor Relations in Iowa, American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter Spring Conference
    • West Des Moines, Iowa, April 5, 2018
  • I Heard it Through the Grapevine:  Dealing with Rumors on Social Media, Iowa Municipal Managers Institute
    • Iowa City, Iowa, March 15, 2018
  • Sexual Harassment and Assault:  The Ever Changing Title IX Landscape, School Administrators of Iowa School of Law Conference
    • Altoona, Iowa, February 13, 2018
  • Changes to Iowa Code Chapters 20 and 400: What City Attorneys Need to Know, Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Seminar 
    • Johnston, Iowa, November 17, 2017
  • Working Together and Using Legal Strategies to Address Difficult Citizens, Employees and Properties, Iowa League of Cities 2017 Annual Conference 
    • Davenport, Iowa, September 14, 2017
  • More About Collective Bargaining:  Implementation, Local Policy, and Best Practices to Support Employees While Exercising New Management Rights, ISFIS Conference
    • Ankeny, Iowa, June 7, 2017
  • Threat Assessment and Policies in the Workplace, Eastern Iowa Human Resource Association
    • Cedar Rapids, Iowa, May 9, 2017
  • Interaction Between School Officials and Law Enforcement, School Administrators of Iowa School Law Conference
    • Altoona, Iowa, February 7, 2017
  • Body Camera Issues, Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
    • Johnston, Iowa, November 18, 2016
  • Employment Issues Involving Social Media, Association of Corporate Counsel
    • Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 11, 2016
  • Employer Pitfalls in Social Media, Iowa Employment Conference
    • Des Moines, Iowa, April 21, 2016
  • How to Remove a Bad Apple from Your Organization and Other Ways to Avoid Litigation, Iowa Municipal Managers Institute
    • Iowa City, Iowa, March 18, 2016
  • Selected Ethics and Employment Topics for Iowa Lawyers, Association of Corporate Counsel
    • Cedar Rapids, Iowa, February 18, 2016
  • Emerging City Legal Issues: Police Body-Worn Cameras, Pitfalls, Policies, and the Public Interest, Iowa City/County Management Association
    • Burlington, Iowa, July 16, 2015 
  • Contributor, 2016 Iowa Municipal Policy Leaders' Handbook (A guide for Iowa Mayors and Council Members), The University of Iowa Institute of Public Affairs
  • Top 5 Things City Managers/Administrators Should Know About Municipal Law, Iowa Municipal Managers Institute
    • Iowa City, Iowa, March 20, 2015
  • Social Media: What School Administrators Should Know, School Administrators of Iowa Law Conference
    • West Des Moines, Iowa, February 10, 2015
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