Michael W. Mahaffey, founder and partner at the Mahaffey Law Office, P.C. in Montezuma, has been elected to serve on The Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors. His duty began at the end of June. The position is a three-year term.
The Iowa State Bar Association is an organization that facilitates professional growth and collegiality among Iowa attorneys. The association represents approximately 7,500 lawyers from all practice areas across the state and is governed by a Board of Governors elected from each of the state’s 14 judicial election districts, led by an elected slate of officers (President, President-elect and Vice President).
“The Board of Governors is the governing body of the Iowa State Bar Association,” noted Mahaffey. “I look forward to being on the board during this extraordinary time in our state and our country.”
Mahaffey maintains a general practice, including agricultural, probate and estate planning, corporate, real estate, family law and other litigation, on the town square in Montezuma. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Iowa and is a graduate of the Kansas University Law School.
Mahaffey became a member of the Iowa Bar Association in 1975 and started practicing with Roger Sunleaf in Montezuma. After a few years, Mahaffey began as a solo practitioner.
In 1991, he moved the office to its current location on the square.
Mahaffey served as Chairman of the Iowa GOP from 1987-1989 and remains active in local politics. He ran against Congressman Leonard Boswell in 1996 for United States House of Representatives. He remains active in politics, and still periodically appears on the WHO political talk show, "The Insiders."
He serves as Co-Chair of The Iowa State Bar Association’s LawPAC Committee, as well as being a member of the state board for Iowa Legal Aid and the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation. Mahaffey was also the Poweshiek County Attorney for 32 years. He retired from that position in 2012 to focus on his full-time private practice.
Mahaffey and Patti have lived in Montezuma since 1975 and have three children: Matthew, Mary and Patrick, who practices law with his father; and six grandchildren: Luke, Lucy, Colin, Anna, Maggie, and Helen. Michael has long enjoyed Patti's wonderful cooking, non-fiction books, theology, Cardinals baseball, Jayhawks basketball, Packers football and Christmas music.