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Jenna Lain's experience on family farm guides her law practice
By Jason W. Selby
Mar 10, 2014, 07:31

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Jenna K. Lain, Attorney at Law, stands with one of John Rider’s old abstract tables in her new law office. Photo by Jason Selby
Jenna Lain grew up on a farm, so she understands the dynamics of agriculture. She also understands the meaning of entrepreneurship.

“In the month that I’ve owned my business, it’s been a great experience so far,” Lain says. “I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My dad being a farmer, my mom with her tax business, my husband’s family owning a farm. All farmers are entrepreneurs. I feel like I’ve reached a whole new level of understanding being in the same position as my clients.

“It’s one thing to live on a farm and stare out the window, and it’s another to become actively involved in decision making.

“Just the nature of being in a small town—I call myself a general practitioner, because I do have experience in family law and criminal law. I enjoy getting in the courtroom for those matters. The majority of what I do is contracts, leases, fence law disputes, taxes and estates involving farmland. I quickly learned that people don’t come in and say, ‘I have an ag law question,’ they come in and say, ‘I have a problem with my cattle, or I have a problem with my fence.’

“Ag law relates back to a lot of different issues for people that are involved in agriculture.”

Lain graduated in 2007 from Iowa State University, with a double major in agricultural business and international agriculture, and a minor in agronomy. After that, she attended Drake University, earning a certificate of food and ag law. She started with Chambers & Relph Law Firm in Corydon right out of Drake, where she worked for about four years.

At the end of January, Lain started her own law firm in John Rider’s Abstract Office south of the Corydon square.

“Roberta Chambers and Dusti Relph were great to me,” Lain says. “I learned a lot from them, and I have respect for both of them. They gave me good exposure to a wide variety of law. Dusti is very sweet. It’s such a small town, and I look forward to working with both of them. All of the attorneys in the area have been really great to me.

“I am here to be an advocate for my clients. You put on a different face when you get to the counsel desk.”

Lain graduated from Webster City High School in 2003. She and her husband, Justin, live just north of Corydon near Millerton, where they raise cattle and grow corn and soybeans. They have two sons, Tucker Dean, who is two years old, and Brantley, who is two months old.

“I always knew I wanted to stay involved in agriculture,” Lain says. “That’s why I continued on to law school. I also knew I wanted to be back in small town Iowa.

“There are such a wide variety of issues that you deal with as an attorney, when people come to you for advice. Every day as an attorney I encounter something new.”