Mariah L. Sukalski

Mariah is a dedicated problem-solver who strives to provide all clients with the best possible representation.

Mariah joined the litigation group at Belin McCormick after clerking for the Honorable Justice Thomas Waterman on the Iowa Supreme Court. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. While in law school, Mariah was a member of the Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, where she collaborated with students, professors, and practitioners on United States Supreme Court appellate litigation to research and write merits briefs, amicus curiae briefs, and petitions for certiorari. Mariah’s small group within the clinic also successfully developed case strategy, researched and wrote briefs, and conducted a moot argument for a successful direct appeal to the Seventh Circuit. As the Executive Comments Editor of the University of Chicago Law School’s Legal Forum, Mariah oversaw the professional development of twenty students’ scholarly writing, managed the Comments Editors, and provided extensive feedback on the substance and legal arguments of each student’s Comment. At the University of Minnesota, she graduated with summa cum laude honors, completing her undergraduate degree in two years.

Mariah believes in devoting her time to community involvement. Mariah successfully completed the law school’s Pro Bono Service Initiative and participated in the Spring Break of Service, where she volunteered for a week at the St. Paul Public Defender’s Office, and she helped orchestrate the trip as the group’s Vice President. Mariah also directed the Big Sib/Little Sib program, where second and third-year students are paired with a first-year law student to help them adjust and to serve as a resource. Mariah served as a mentor to younger students at both the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago to help them achieve their professional and academic goals.


Mariah is proud to be a lifelong Midwesterner. She grew up in the small town of Reading, Minnesota. After living in Minneapolis and Chicago, Mariah moved to work and live in Des Moines because she found it to be the perfect balance of the lifestyles she enjoyed in those cities and in her small hometown. In her free time, you can find Mariah reading, hunting, exploring local wineries, cheering on the Vikings, and spoiling her French Bulldogs, Scalia and Ginsburg.

    Community & Professional Activities

    Iowa State Bar Association, Member

    Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Member

    - Executive Council, Member

    - Fundraising Committee, Co-Chair

    Polk County Bar Association, Member 

    American Bar Association, Member 

    Litigation News, Contributing Editor

    Federal Bar Association, Member

    Publications & Presentations:

    Interpreting "Use" of a Minor in § 3B1.42018 U. Chi. Legal F. 365

    Lawyers Have Duty to Protect Client Contacts in Smartphones, Litigation News, ABA Litigation Section (September 2022)

    Internet – Friend and Foe (Litigating with Social Media and e-Discovery), 2022