Sarah H. Keely

Sioux City Lawyer Sarah Keely

The Activator


Sioux City Lawyer in Litigation and Divorce and Family Law

Sarah H. Keely is an activator – she sets things in motion to make things happen and resolve disputes quickly and effectively. As a Sioux City attorney, Sarah creates opportunities out of disputes. Whatever the dilemma, she uses the law to resolve problems and create a launchpad for future success – worth it!


Direct: (712) 226-7410

Office: (712) 226-4000

Cell: (641) 210-5643

As a tenacious litigation and trial attorney, Sarah doesn’t sit on a problem, she activates the solution, getting problems resolved and eliminated before anyone knows there was one.  Sarah is proactive. If she senses an issue may arise from decisions made or changes in the law, she takes action to find ways to protect her clients from future problems.  Sarah also discovers options for alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation when it’s the best fit to resolve the issue quickly and efficiently outside of the courtroom.

Sarah loves litigation. Being in the courtroom gives her the biggest rush. Her favorite part of being a lawyer is walking into the office every day and tangibly helping people achieve their larger life goals. Even in the smallest of matters or in the darkest of time, she gives people the opportunity to build something bigger than any one thing she could do for them.  Sarah loves resolving issues, supporting, and making things happen for her clients.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation
  • Trial Law
  • Divorce and Family Law


Sarah's “Why”

Sarah lives for theater, and has been involved with it her entire life, both directing and acting. In addition to theater, she was a high school speech coach for five years. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her mom, dad, brother, and four-year-old Australian Shepard named Scout (after To Kill a Mockingbird).

University of Iowa College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2018

  • Graduated with High Honors
  • Editor, Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice
  • Jessup International Moot Court Team Member
  • National Arbitration Team Member
  • Studied Abroad in London, England
  • Research Assistant

Waldorf College, Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management, 2014, Summa Cum Laude

Loras College, Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English Literature, 2013

  • Student Senate Class Representative for the Class of 2013
  • Award-winning member of Loras College Mock Trial
  • Studied abroad in the Czech Republic and Greece
  • Member of the Loras Players
  • Starter on the Loras College Women’s Lacrosse Team
  • Featured soloist in Loras College Choirs

Newman, Thompson & Grey: Forest City, IA

  • Summer Associate, 2017
    • Researched a variety of subject matter including criminal defense, trusts and estates, property, contract, family and agricultural law
    • Drafted motions, petitions, briefs, prepared orders, and a wide variety of other documents
    • Communicated with judges, attorneys, and clients, assisted in mediations, depositions, and consultations

Basis Entertainment: Forest City, IA

  • Ticketing Manager, 2015-2017
    • Fulfilled contractual obligations in a timely and efficient manner
    • Coordinated between various venues and internal departments to customize ticketing operations to each venue
    • Worked with customers to solve ticketing issues and provided a great customer experience

Tree Town Festival: Forest City, IA

  • Operations Manager, 2014-2017
    • Developed and instituted new systems to improve tracking and communication between departments
    • Coordinated several departments to achieve optimal efficiency
    • Aided in contract negotiations, drafting, and execution

State: Iowa


  • Board Member, Equal Justice Foundation, 2016-2017
  • Activities Officer & Member of Alpha Chi Honor Scholarship Fraternity, 2013-2014
  • Officer of Mu Phi Epsilon Musical Fraternity, 2013-2014
  • Student Senate Class Representative for the Class of 2013, 2009-2013
  • Brickstreet Community Theatre, Director, Producer, Social Media Director, 2016-Present
  • Forest City High School Speech Coach, 2009-2015
  • Cross Examination: Drug Recognition Experts, Iowa Bar Association Annual Conference, 2017
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