Cory L. McClure

I worked on the front line in child welfare for over 20 years, advocating for troubled youth, kids and families in crisis. Drawing on that experience, I am dedicated to helping families navigate through some of the most difficult situations of their lives.

A Life Dedicated to Child Welfare

Cory McClure graduated with honors from the University of Iowa in 1988 before receiving his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1991. He was admitted to practice law in Iowa in 1992 and embarked on a career dedicated to child advocacy and the practice of juvenile law.

In the first position of his career, Cory worked as a staff attorney and guardian ad litem from 1992 to 1995 at the Youth Law Center in Des Moines, a nonprofit law office for children. He served as an Assistant Polk County Attorney for 17 years, prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases and juvenile delinquency cases. He has participated in every facet of child welfare law and prosecuted cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to felonies. 

Committed to child advocacy beyond the courtroom as well, Cory has worked as an adjunct professor and instructor developing and teaching curricula including Child Abuse Law and Permanency for Children; and leading training and professional conferences on Trauma, Dispute and Mediation in child custody cases. He presents annually to statewide Iowa Department of Humans Services employees, providing training in legal overviews of juvenile court process and procedure, permanency and termination of parental rights, and courtroom testimony training. He has also provided the same training for multiple social services agencies in Central Iowa.                     

In coordination with the Iowa Department of Human Services, Cory created and instituted the Child Welfare Mediation Program for the Polk County Attorney’s Office and put into place the Polk County Community School District’s Child Welfare Mediation Program to aid victims of abuse and neglect who may have “fallen between the cracks” of Polk County’s formal child welfare responses. For going “above and beyond the call of duty” as a prosecutor, he was awarded Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack’s “Shining Star” Award in 2004.

He serves on the board of the Des Moines YMCA Camp, and previously served on the boards of  Lifeworks, Inc. and the Iowa Homeless and Runaway Youth Center.

Cory is a lifelong resident of Ankeny and has been active in coaching youth sports throughout the years.  Cory has been active in many civic organizations including Ankeny Community Theater, Ankeny Little League, Ankeny Junior Football, Ankeny Parks and Rec and Ankeny First United Methodist Church.  Cory and his wife, Jaime have joined families that include his three sons, Caleb, Noah and Gregory, and her son Caden.

Professional Development

Family Law Mediation Training, 2014
Restorative Justice Conferencing, 2010
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Improving Court Practices in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, 2006
Annie E. Casey Family to Family National Conference, 2006
Improving Court Practices in Juvenile Delinquency Cases, 2004
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Children and Youth Exposed to Violence, 2002

Cory L. McClure

Contacting Cory L. McClure

Phone: 515-309-5030
Fax: 515-309-5031

Areas of Practice

Family Law
Juvenile Law
Criminal Law
Child Abuse and Neglect
Mediation Services
Guardian Ad Litem

Bar Admissions

State of Iowa 1992


University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, J.D., (1991)
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, B.A., with honors, (1988)

Honors & Awards

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack “Shining Star” Award, 2004

Group & Organization Memberships

Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Des Moines YMCA Camp Board of Directors (present)
LifeWorks, Inc. Board of Directors (present)
Iowa Homeless and Runaway Youth Center Board of Directors (past)