For the first time, the two highest positions at Iowa’s largest law firm will be held by women. Nyemaster Goode elected Coreen K. Sweeney (left) as chair and Hallie Still-Caris (right) as president. 

According to a release, one-third of Nyemaster Goode’s shareholders are women and 50% of the attorneys admitted as shareholders in the last two years are women. The firm has 95 attorneys across the state. "It’s an honor to be selected by our executive committee to lead Nyemaster Goode,” Sweeney said. “Our firm has a rich history that values equality and diversity, and appreciates the inherent advantage our no-barriers culture provides with respect to the advice and perspective we offer our clients.”

Sweeney handles insurance litigation and workers’ compensation and serves as a mediator. She is a past president of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. She joined Nyemaster Goode in 2000 and has been named to the Best Lawyers of America since 2013. She holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the Drake University Law School. 

Still-Caris joined Nyemaster Goode in 1996 and focuses on commercial real estate finance. She also advises businesses on general corporate and real estate matters and compliance with environmental laws. She has held board positions with several Central Iowa organizations, including the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Downtown Community Alliance, and was a past chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Council. She holds degrees from the University of Iowa School of Law and Iowa State University.