Emilee Boyle Gehling

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The Deal Maker


Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska Lawyer in Mergers and Acquisitions, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Gestational Surrogacy Law and Adoption

Emilee Boyle Gehling is a deal maker who can help you clear roadblocks, anticipate legal needs to avoid future problems, and knows what it takes to complete a business transaction to make your big deal happen. As a shareholder of the firm, when companies and professionals are ready to upgrade their legal counsel, they turn to Emilee. Looking to buy or sell your company? Emilee helps her clients buy or sell their business interests and manage employee issues. She fuels and manages clients' growth by acquiring and divesting assets, capturing government incentives, and facilitating the financing of their growth. You’re a big deal and whatever the transaction may be, Emilee knows it’s a big deal to you and your company. She can help turn your big dreams into reality – that’s worth it.


Direct: (712) 226-7404

Office: (712) 226-4000

Cell: (712) 898-5417

Inspired to become an attorney at a young age, Emilee read legal novels in junior high. When a lawyer and mentor told her “Law school is your ticket to anywhere,” it solidified her plans to become a lawyer. She found the statement true, as it took her from Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. as counsel to the Judiciary Committee to a practicing Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota lawyer.

Emilee had a business mindset starting at an early age. Growing up discussing her family business around the dinner table instilled in her a broad understanding of the work that goes into running a successful business. She brings those skills and background to every client matter.

“Working in the family business from an early age, I appreciated what it takes to run a business, manage employees, and deal with government regulation in a heavily regulated industry. I love being a lawyer because I enjoy providing practical legal counseling and insight to businesses, professionals, and families guiding them through deals and navigating tricky situations,” says Emilee.

Emilee not only helps companies make business deals, she also helps families grow through assisted reproductive technology, gestational surrogacy, and adoption. Since 2010, Emilee has worked with parents using assisted reproductive technology to create their families. Emilee enjoys applying cutting-edge legal analysis to play a role in helping families bring children into their lives. Today’s technology has come a long way for expectant mothers, surrogates, donors and adoptive parents and Emilee knows the law behind it. She represents intended parents, gestational surrogates, adoptive parents and donors in Iowa and South Dakota. Although this area of law is a departure from the high-stakes, high-dollar business deals she works on, Emilee applies the same focus and drive to accomplish her client’s goals, because creating families is just as significant and high-stakes to those involved. As a married mother of four, Emilee takes her work to heart understanding the meaning of family and the joy a child brings to a home.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Law
  • Debtor & Creditors
  • Employment Law
  • Telecom Law
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Gestational Surrogacy Law
  • Adoption
  • Embryo, Egg, and Sperm Donation Law

LICENSED IN: Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Emilee’s “Why”

Emilee loves spending her free time with her family skiing and boating at the lake. Emilee says being a mother of four young children has made her a better lawyer. Regularly told by pint-sized dictators about the only way to cut a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Emilee knows that the details matter to her clients and takes great care in getting the details down, whether it’s a sandwich or a multi-million dollar deal.

Emilee is also heavily involved in the art and theatre community and serves as a board member for both the Sioux City Art Center and Rotary. She is a regular NPR listener and has a passion for supporting the arts and music.

University of Iowa College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2007

  • Accelerated Program

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, Magna Cum Laude, 2005

  • Dean’s List 2002, 2003, 2004

U.S. Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus: Washington, D.C.

  • Counsel, Jan. 2008-July 2009
    Directed policy, arranged hearings, acted as counsel to co-chairman on caucus to advise on drug policy, laws and legislation

Fitzgerald, Schorr, Barmettler & Brennan Law Firm: Omaha, NE

  • Clerk, June – July 2007
    Researched & analyzed legal issues for firm’s clients, wrote pleadings & client communications

Federal District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett: Sioux City, IA

  • Intern, May 2007
    Researched, drafted short opinions, recorded minutes

Meardon, Sueppel, & Downer Law Firm: Iowa City, IA

  • Clerk, May 2006-December 2007
    Researched and analyzed client matters

State: Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota

Admitted to practice before the Meskwaki Tribal Court

American Bar Association, including the following sections:

  • Business Law Section:
    • Model Short Form Asset Purchase Agreement Committee, 2017-2018
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Committee
    • Family Law Section
      • Reproductive and Genetic Technology Committee


    • Transactional Practice Area Committee

    American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys

  • (Fellow)Iowa State Bar Association
    • Business Law Section, Corporations (For Profit and Professional) Sub-Committee
    • Labor and Employment Section, Co-Chair Spring Newsletter 2011

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

Sioux City Downtown Rotary Club, Elected Officer

Sioux City Art Center, Executive Committee Board Member

Assisted Reproductive Technology Law, Sioux City Rotary – December 2018

Assisted Reproductive Technology & Law, Co-Presenter, South Dakota Perinatal Association – September 2018

Southwest Iowa ECI Seminar - How to Handle Problem Employees, March 2018

Assisted Reproductive Technology, Augustana University Genetic Counseling Class, March 2017, April 2018

“5 Commandments of Preparing to Sell Your Business”, Sioux City Rotary, August 2016

Surrogacy Law, South Dakota Paralegal Assoc. Semi Annual meeting, June 2016

Assisted Reproductive Law, Fundamentals of Gestational Surrogacy, 2016

“Why Your Attorney’s Head is in The Cloud”, CIO Story, June 2015

“Top 5 Mistakes When Using Social Media to Recruit”, ECI, May 2015

“Top 5 Mistakes When Using Social Media to Recruit”, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference, 2014

“Partners in Pumps: Women on the Partnership Track”, American Bar Association Publication 2013; Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys Fall 2013/Winter 2014 Newsletter

“My Space or Your Space: Employee Privacy in Social Media”, Iowa State Bar Association Labor & Employment Newsletter 2011

“Hiring, Firing, & Issues in Between”, South Sioux City Chamber Lunch & Learn, 2014

“Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act”, Cain & Ellsworth Healthcare Reform Presentation, 2013

Strategic Planning, Rotary District Conference, 2012

“Hiring & Firing in the Current Economy”, Fundamentals of Employment Law, 2010


Preeminent Martindale-AV Rated Attorney

Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, & 2013

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