Meet Nicholas Klinefeldt
By Stephanie Woodrow | October 20, 2009 1:35 pm

Nick Klinefeldt (Ahlers & Cooney)

Nick Klinefeldt (Ahlers & Cooney)

Nicholas Klinefeldt (University of Iowa, University of Iowa College of Law) has been nominated to replace Matthew G. Whitaker as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.

His vitals:

  • Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1974.
  • Attended Des Moines Area Community College and Drake University.
  • Has been an associate at Ahlers & Cooney, P .C. since March 2006.
  • Served as counsel for the Iowa Democratic Party in Des Moines from fall 2006 to March 2009.
  • Worked as state counsel to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign in Des Moines, from August 2008 to November 2008.
  • Was an associate at Kelly, Libby & Hoopes, P.C. in Boston, Mass., from September 2003 to February 2006.
  • Clerked in the Massachusetts Court of Appeals from September 2002 to August 2003.
  • Worked as a law clerk for Judge Robert W. Pratt in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa from August 2000 to August 2002.
  • Clerked for Tindal, Erdahl, Goddard & Nestor, P.C. in Iowa City, Iowa, from fall 1998 to spring 1999 and from fall 1999 to summer 2000.
  • Was a law clerk for Federal Public Defender in Des Moines during the summer of 1999.
  • Worked as a summer counselor at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, during the summer of 1998.
  • Was a staff assistant to the legislative director for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) from February 1997 to August 1997.
  • Was a field organizer/regional field organizer on Harkin’s campaign from January 1996 to November 1996.
  • Has tried one federal criminal case to verdict at a jury trial as sole counsel, approximately three to five to judgment in front of a magistrate in small claims court as sole counsel and one attorney disciplinary matter to final decision in front of a three-attorney panel as associate counsel.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Klinefeldt reported assets of $296,300 (mostly from his personal residence valued at $242,000). However, Klinefeldt still owes $218,400 on the property, owes $61,800 in student loans and has credit card debt. In total, Klinefeldt has liabilities of $289,100, resulting in a net worth of $7,200.

From his current job as an associate with the law firm Ahlers & Cooney PC in Des Moines, Iowa, Klinefeldt receives a salary of $156,221.76, according to his Office of Government Ethics disclosure. He also hold various investment accounts, valued at between $37,009 and $205,000. He does not report owning any property. Klinefeldt’s debt includes two loans at between $65,002 and $150,000

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