Lora graduated from Ankeny High School in 1986. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Creighton University in 1990 and then attended Creighton University School of Law where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1993. She passed the Iowa Bar and was admitted to practice in June 1993.
Following the entrepreneurial examples set by her parents, Lora established the McCollom Law Firm in January of 1994. She has remained in private practice since then; her practice originally focused on general civil litigation but has narrowed to the primary practice of family and domestic relations law. She re-opened the McCollom Law Firm on February 1, 2013.
In her practice, Lora represents clients in all aspects of family law litigation and zealously advocates for her clients. She also frequently represents the best interests of children in high-conflict cases as a Guardian Ad Litem. Lora is a board-certified mediator by the American Academy of ADR Attorneys and she regularly mediates complex family law matters. In addition, Lora was one of the first attorneys in Iowa trained in the practice of collaborative divorce and she was one of the first people in Iowa trained as a Parenting Coordinator. For more information on areas of practice, click here.
In 2011, the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys designated Lora as a Fellow. To be represented by a Fellow is to be represented by a leading practitioner in the field of family law. Fellows are generally recognized by judges and lawyers as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity. She is one of six Fellows in the State of Iowa.
In addition to the AAML, Lora is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, where she served on the Board of Governors and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Family & Juvenile Law Section. She is also a member of the Polk County Bar Association, Polk County Women Attorneys, Central Iowa Academy of Collaborative Professionals, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Academy of Professional Family Law Mediators, and American Family and Conciliation Courts. The Iowa Supreme Court appointed Lora to the Iowa Board of Law Examiners, where she has served since 2009.
In January 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court appointed Lora as Co-Chair of the Family Law Case PRocessing Reform Task Force. The Task Force is in the process of examing various aspects of the pratice of family law across the State of Iowa and will make specific recommendations regarding case processing and the administration of justice to the Iowa supreme Court by June 1, 2016.
Lora has taught numerous classes and continuing education seminars around the country related to collaborative divorce, mediation, custody issues, parenting coordination, and the use of a child’s mental health records in litigation. She has taught classes at Des Moines Area Community College and served as a guest lecturer at Drake University School of Law in the areas of family law and mediation. She has also coached mock trial teams at both the middle school and high school levels.
Awards. Both the Polk County Bar Association and the Iowa Supreme Court have recognized Lora for her pro bono representation of clients.
When she isn’t working, Lora enjoys travel, wine, cooking, golf, and reading. She resides in the Des Moines area with her family.