Buena Vista County Attorney's Office
About Us
Dave Patton was born in Manchester, Iowa on July 28, 1953.  He received his bachelors degree from Iowa State University in 1976 and his Juris Doctorate  from Drake University Law School in 1978.  Dave was admitted to the Iowa State Bar Association in 1978 and was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.  He became a parter in a downtown Richmond, Virginia law firm, McSweeney, Burtch & Crump, where he practiced law from 1988-1991.  In 1991, Dave returned to Storm Lake, Iowa.  Dave is a member of the Buena Vista County, Iowa, and American Bar Associations. 

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Paul Allen is from Council Bluffs, Iowa.  He received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Nebraksa in Omaha, Nebraska in 2008.  Paul graduated from Creighton Law School in 2012 with his Juris Doctorate and an M.A. in International Relations.  Paul worked as a law clerk for a civil litigation firm, Porter, Tauke and Ebke in Council Bluffs, Iowa before joining the Buena Vista County Attorney's Office as an Assistant County Attorney in September, 2013.

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Ashley Bennett is from Pocahontas, Iowa.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Iowa in 2010.  Ashley graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her Juris Doctorate in 2013.  After graduation Ashley worked as Assistant County Attorney for Pocahontas County.  She joined the Buena Vista County Attorney's Office in February, 2015 as Assistant County Attorney where her work currently focuses on Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse Committments.

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