Who We Are

We are employment lawyers at the Babich Goldman law firm in Des Moines, Iowa.  We are passionate about what we do and who we represent. We believe all employees should have a voice in the workplace, and that no one should be discriminated against, harassed, subject to retaliation, or wrongfully discharged.  If you feel you have been wronged in the workplace, we would love to hear from you.

Meet the Babich Goldman Employment Attorneys

David H. Goldman

David was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Brandeis University with honors before continuing his education abroad at St. John’s College in Oxford, England.There, he studied philosophy of the mind and the problems of freedom, determinism and responsibility.  After graduate school, David worked as an instructor in Philosophy at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey, teaching introduction to Philosophy, Greek Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Modern Philosophy and American Philosophy. He returned to Des Moines in 1969, working first as Executive Director of Community Improvement, Inc. and then as General Manager and President of Iowa Paint Manufacturing Co., Inc. At the age of 35, David returned to school, where he earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa’s College of Law in 1977. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa the same year.   David has more than 30 years of experience in employment, discrimination and civil rights law. He has represented employees and employers with an emphasis in the past 20 years in employee representation. He has experience in all facets of employee-employer litigation. David is also a trained, certified and experienced mediator. David is dedicated to making a positive difference through the careful application of insight, skill and tenacity for those he serves.  To read more about David, click here.

Katie Ervin Carlson

Katie has long been guided by the advice her dad gave her when she was just a young girl:  “What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.” Katie knew early on that she wanted to be a lawyer, hoping that she could make a career out of helping others, doing the right thing and fighting for what she believed in.  In law school, Katie’s coursework included civil rights law and history. She immediately became passionate about advocating for and protecting the rights of people who would not otherwise have a voice. As a student attorney, Katie worked for the Law School’s Legal Clinic Middleton Center for Children’s Rights, representing children in Polk County District Court.  To learn more about Katie, click here.

Maggie E. White

Maggie is an associate attorney with Babich Goldman, P.C. She focuses on employment law, civil rights litigation, and family law. Maggie has experience arguing before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Iowa state court judges. She has played an active role in litigating a variety of employment-related cases from intake through completion including client meetings, settlement negotiations and trial.  During law school Maggie served as Projects Editor for the Drake Law Review and received the Morris A. Haft award for outstanding contribution to the Review. Maggie also served as research assistant to Professor Laurie Doré, updating the Iowa Practice Series – Evidence treatise annually. Her graduate school activities included competing in the ABA Client Counseling competition, student membership in the C. Edwin Moore American Inns of Court, Delta Theta Phi, Drake Law Women, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.  For Maggie’s full bio, click here.


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