Doyle D. Sanders

Doyle D. Sanders
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801 Grand Avenue
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Des Moines, IA 50309-8004

Education & Background

Drake University (B.A., 1969, M.B.A., 1972)

Drake University Law School (J.D., with honors, 1972)


Doyle Sanders understands legacy. He counsels clients who, over a lifetime, have worked and saved and prospered. Doyle’s clients are now concerned about what is next for themselves and their families. The trust developed between an estate attorney and a client is unique because it often involves generations.

Doyle is a member of Dickinson Bradshaw's business & corporate division, practicing primarily in the area of wills, trusts, estate planning and probate. He has counseled clients for more than 50 years.

A native of Vinton, Iowa, Doyle earned his undergraduate degree, MBA, and law degree (J.D., with honors, 1972) from Drake University.  He served a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. Great Plains Super Lawyers has recognized Doyle since 2009.  He has earned the rare distinction of being elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He has also served as chair of the Probate Section of the Iowa Bar Association and has helped draft numerous changes to the Iowa probate and trust codes.

Honors & Awards


 Professional Achievements 

Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

  • Employee Benefits Committee
  • Elder Law Committee

Member, Iowa State Bar Association Section on Tax Law; Real Estate; and Probate and Estate Planning

  • Probate and Estate Planning, Section Chair, 2012-2013
  • Legislative Committee, 2011-Present

Member, American Bar Association Section on Probate & Trust Law

Leadership Positions

Johnston Community School District

  • President, 1990-1991, 1995-1996
  • Board of Directors, 1985-1997

Johnston School District Foundation

  • Board of Directors, 1998-2004
  • Chair, 1998-2002
  • Friend of the District, 2005

Johnston High School and Middle School Mock Trial

  • Coach, 1990-2011
  • 2006 Middle School State Champion Coach

Johnston School Centennial Committee

  • Member, 2009-2014

Johnston Chamber of Commerce

  • 2014 Citizen of the Year
  • Vice President, 1985
  • Member, 1983-Present

Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines

  • Rotary District 6000 Endowment Fund Chairperson, 2018-Present
  • Rotary Foundation Chairperson, 1990-Present
  • Member, 1983-Present

Valley United Methodist Church

  • Foundation Board, 2008-2013, 2018-Present
  • Chairperson, 2008-2013, 2018-Present
  • Member, 1977-Present

Memberships & Activities

State Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1972

Federal Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Military Appeals
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow)
Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel
American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Bar Association

Other Memberships

Mid-Iowa Estate and Financial Planners
Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council