Annie von Gillern

Solution-Focused, Child-Centered Advocacy

Annie von Gillern joined Babich Goldman as an associate attorney in 2017. Having dedicated her professional life to the advocacy of children and parents, Annie is dual-licensed in clinical social work (LISW) and law (JD). Her practice is focused in collaborative, juvenile, and family law (including guardianships and adoptions). She has additional training in performing Child Focused Family Assessments (custody evaluations) and regularly completes these in addition to acting as a Child and Family Reporter for youth whose parents are involved in family law litigation. Annie also represents children and their families in Special Education matters across the state of Iowa.

Prior to attending law school, Annie completed her B.S. degree in psychology at Iowa State University and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) at University of Missouri - Columbia, focusing her research and coursework on Child Welfare and Domestic Violence. Upon completion of her MSW, Annie provided therapy to victims of domestic violence at the Family Violence Center in Des Moines as well as to school-aged youth through Central Place in the Southeast Polk School District. In addition to her clinical work, Annie worked full-time as the Social Worker/Clinical Instructor at the Middleton Center for Children’s Rights at the Drake University Legal Clinic. During her time at the Middleton Center, Annie facilitated and participated in an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, social workers, and educators, and provided instruction to law and education students in the areas of trauma, child welfare, and child development. While working in this position she attended law school and focused her coursework on children and families. Upon graduation from Law School, Annie founded the von GIllern Law Firm, PLC, and provided mediation and legal advocacy to children and their families.

Annie strongly believes that children are commonly forgotten in the adversarial nature of the legal system. Their voices are powerful and should be heard and included in finding solutions for families. It is this advocacy for children and youth that defines Annie’s practice.

Annie is the mother of four young children and enjoys running and yoga in her spare time.

Classes & Seminars Taught

Working with Lawyers, Co-Author & Presenter

Client-Focused Collaboration: Ethics with a Side of Empathy, Co-Author & Presenter

Trauma 101, Co-Presenter

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Presenter

Law & Order: Foster Care, Author, Presenter

Putting it All Together: Interdisciplinary Work in a Legal Clinic Setting, Co-Presenter

Get it Right! Author, Presenter

Building a Better Future, Presenter

DHS 101, Author, Presenter

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Contacting Annie von Gillern

Phone: 515-244-4300
Fax: 515-244-2650

Areas of Practice

Child Focused Family Assessment (Custody Evaluations)

Collaborative Practice

Child Specialist

Family Law

Juvenile Law

Guardianship/Conservatorship Law

Adoption Law

Special Education Law

Child and Family Reporter

Guardian ad Litem

Bar Admissions

State of Iowa (2014)


Drake University Law School, J.D. (2013)

University of Missouri – Columbia, MSW (2006)

Iowa State University, B.S. (2004)

Group & Organization Memberships

Iowa State Bar Association – Family and Juvenile Law Section Member

Polk County Bar Association – Family Law Committee Member

Iowa Association of Collaborative Professionals

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter, past Vice President

Young Women’s Resource Center, past Board Member, former Chair Program Committee

Zero to Three Safe Babies Court Team, former Community Coordinator, Stakeholder