Contact Details

133 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503


  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Insurance Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury

MaKenna J. Stoakes

Associate | Attorney at Law

It's what you learn after you know it all that
– John Wooden

MaKenna Stoakes is an associate at Smith Peterson Law Firm, LLP, where she primarily practices civil litigation. She practices law in the state courts of Iowa and Nebraska and the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. Her varied litigation experience includes representation of a wide range of clients on a number of issues, including wrongful death, breach of contract, general negligence, and insurance coverage disputes.

Family Background
I am happily married to my husband, Evan. We have two dogs named Parker and Murphy.

Personal Hobbies and Interests
I enjoy most any outdoor activity, especially hiking. During the fall, I am a devoted Husker football fan.

Why did you choose the profession of lawyer?
Being a lawyer means that I have the opportunity to tell my clients' stories while helping them solve their legal issues. I also appreciate that each case provides some new topic to learn.

How are you involved in the community?
I am active in the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, I enjoy volunteering with organizations that help kids. I have volunteered with organizations such as Optimists International, Law Explorers, the Judge Lyle Strom High School Mock Trial Program, and the Iowa Middle School Mock Trial Program.
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Peanut Butter

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association

Published Works

Confidential Close-Ups: The Tenth Circuit in World Publishing Co. v. United States Department of Justice Properly Decided Federal Booking Photographs Contain Privacy Interests Under the Freedom of Information Act, 47 Creighton L. Rev. 501 (2014).

Honors & Awards

Honorable Lyle E. Strom Scholar in Trial Advocacy

Joined Firm


Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 2015
  • Nebraska, 2016
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 2016


Creighton University School of Law
Omaha, Nebraska
Creighton Law Review, Lead Articles Editor

Simpson College
Indianola, Iowa