A fluent Spanish speaker, Ben Bergmann gears his practice specifically toward Iowa’s Hispanic community. Ben can assist you with any case, anywhere in the State of Iowa, but he particularly focuses on criminal defense, both state and federal, immigration law, post-conviction relief, personal injury law, and appeals of all kinds. Ben offers many of his client’s “one-stop shopping” because he is a first-rate criminal defense attorney and a first-rate immigration attorney.
Ben is the first choice for Iowa’s immigrants because he is one of the very few attorneys in the state that 1) speaks Spanish fluently, 2) understands the immigration consequences of criminal activity, and 3) tries jury trials. Ben has tried many jury trials across the State of Iowa, both in state and federal courts, and has earned many acquittals for his clients. Ben is often retained to “clean up” cases from prior counsel through post-conviction relief and appellate work. Those that do not first choose Ben still frequently become clients because Iowa immigration attorneys frequently refer their clients to Ben when their own clients are charged with an offense. Ben also works with other immigration attorneys on his particular area of expertise, immigration consequences of criminal activity.
A native of Frederika, Iowa, Ben currently lives in Des Moines, where he utilizes his knowledge of Spanish and legal expertise as a volunteer at the HOLA Center legal clinic. In his free time, Ben loves to cook barbecue and Creole food, play with his dog Grover, and spend time with family and friends.