James M. Gocke


Ankeny Commercial Real Estate Lawyer - James GockeLocation

Ankeny, Iowa





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Jim Gocke is a founding member of the firm. Practicing primarily in commercial real estate, small business law and estate planning, Jim serves clients from around the country. Jim has assisted numerous clients in complex real estate matters, tax-deferred exchanges, government approval for development and Tenant in Common ownership of real estate.

Jim maintains the philosophy in his practice of serving the client for a lifetime, not just one transaction. Over the years, his dedication to client needs and an eye on the “bottom line” has earned him the respect and loyalty of his clients.

Jim brings a background of farming, teaching and small business to the practice. His diverse experience gives him the ability to relate to clients of all business levels and specialties. This has also served him well in his many civic endeavors, including serving in leadership roles for the Ankeny Rotary Club, the Bondurant Lions and the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. Jim has served on numerous community boards and appointed positions.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska and Drake Law School, Jim has been a member of the Iowa State Bar and the Polk County Bar Associations since his admission to practice.

Jim and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children and four grandchildren. Jim enjoys his time away from his practice, where you can find him golfing, fishing, hunting and woodworking. Jim is also an investor in the Iowa Barnstormer Arena Football team.


Areas of Practice

Corporate Law

Real Estate Law


Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1989



Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa

J.D. – 1989

University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

B.S. – 1977

Major in Animal Science/Agricultural Education


Published Works

Agricultural Law Report – Student Editor Drake Agriculture Law Center, 1988-1989


Honors and Awards

2009 Ankeny Chamber Small Business Person of the Year


Professional Associations and Memberships

Student Agricultural Law Association, President, 1988-1989

Iowa State Bar, 1989-Present

Polk County Bar, 1989-Present


Past Employment Positions

Dreher Simpson Jensen, Associate, 1989-1993