Beatriz Mate-Kodjo - Civil Rights, Employment & Discrimination Attorneys | Newkirk Zwagerman

Beatriz Mate-Kodjo


Phone: (515) 883-2000

Beatriz Mate-Kodjo grew up in Pella, Iowa and graduated from Pella Community High School.  She graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa. 

Following her undergraduate studies, Beatriz attended Drake University Law School and graduated in 2014. She was admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa in 2014.

Beatriz worked at several Des Moines law firms during school.   In the summer of 2012, she traveled to Ghana, in West Africa, to live and clerk in Accra.  In addition to working, her hours of public service qualified her to receive the public service certificate upon graduation.  Beatriz was a law clerk at Newkirk Zwagerman for over a year before being hired as an associate in 2014. 

Beatriz enjoys spending time with her daughter and hopes to one day coach youth soccer.

Areas of Practice:
Employment Law
Civil Rights

Bar Admissions:
State of Iowa (2014)
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (2015)
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (2015)

Drake University Law School, J.D. (2014)

  • Public Service Certificate
  • Midwest Journal of Law and Policy

Drake University College of Business and Public Administration, M.B.A. (2015)

Central College – Pella, Iowa, B.A. International Studies with an emphasis in African Studies and Spanish double major (2011)

  • Alpha Zeta Mu; Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Publication: Kwame Nkrumah: Harbinger of African Independence (Central College Writing Anthology 2011)

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Iowa State Bar Association
National Employment Lawyers Association
Iowa Employment Lawyers Association
Polk County Women Attorneys
Iowa Association for Justice

Civic & Volunteer Activities:

  • Board of Directors, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence





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