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Daniel L. Bray

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Daniel L. Bray received his J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1972. Daniel is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Iowa and the U.S. District Court in the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa. He was admitted to practice in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court in June of 1981. He is the author of Iowa Matrimonial Law, a law treatise first published in 1986 and annually updated. Daniel limited his practice to family law and domestic relations beginning in 1989.

Daniel is active in national, state and local family law organizations. He was a member of the American Bar Association, having served on the Family Law Section Publications Development Board from 2002 until 2009 and as a board member he was the concept editor of “Creating Effective Parenting Plans” and “Stock Options for Family Lawyers”. He has served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association for two terms, 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. He has served as Chair of the Johnson County Bar Association where he has been an active member of the Family Law Committee.


Daniel is a Retired Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers from 1985 to present and he was also a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers from 2010 to 2018. He was Co-Chair and a member of the Supreme Court of Iowa Pro Se Family Law Committee, 2006 to 2018. During the period of 1998 to 2004 he was a member of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Human Subject Review Committee A which reviewed all research protocols on human subjects at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Daniel Bray was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers during its November 2010 meeting.


Practice Areas
Domestic Relations; Family Law

1973, Iowa; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa

Law School:
University of Iowa, J.D.

Johnson County, Iowa State (Chair, Family Law Section, 2003-2005) and American (Member: Family Law Section; Publication Board of Family Law Section) Bar Associations, American Academy of Family Lawyers (1985 – 2022), American College of Family Trial Lawyers (2010 – 2018).

Author/Speaker: The Art of the Deposition, October 24, 2014, Cutting Edge Child Custody Symposium, June 22, 2013, Ethics Panel, April 12, 2012, “Hand-in-Hand With Your Lawyer”, Summer 2011 Family Law Advocate, “Pro Se Litigants”, March 31, 2011, “Tax and Financial Issues of Same-Sex Marriage”, October 29, 2010, “Prenuptial Agreements”, July 23, 2009, “Successful Negotiation Strategies in Divorce”, April 9, 2009, “Developmentally Appropriate Visitation: Creating Effective Parenting Plans”, February 2007, “What is Equitable Distribution Anyway?” 2000; Iowa Matrimonial Law, Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1994; “The Effect of Bankruptcy on Domestic Relations,” 1993; “The Preparation and Trial of Child Custody Cases: Back to Basics,” 1993; “Iowa’s Premarital Agreement Act,” 1992; “Interface Between Family Law and Bankruptcy Law,” 1992. Editor, ISBA Family Law Report, 1990-1994. Member, Iowa House of Representatives, 1971-1972. Chairman, Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Juvenile Rules of Procedure, 1975-1985. Fellow: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.