Joel Arends

Lincoln County Commission
Iowa, South Dakota

About Joel Arends

Joel Arends offers his clients substantive experience in a wide range of fields including personal injury, family law, estate planning/probate, real estate, government relations and public policy development.Born and raised in Little Rock, Iowa, Joel Arends graduated from the University of South Dakota and received his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 2006. In 2018 the voters of Lincoln County elected Arends to serve a four year term on the Lincoln County Commission in County Commission District 1. Arends ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility, economic growth, fidelity to taxpayers and creating partnerships with local, state, federal and private stakeholders.Having worked at the highest levels of American campaigns, Arends served as a campaign aide to former president George W. Bush and former presidential candidates Senator John McCain and Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Joel had the rare and distinct privilege to personally endorse Donald Trump and his presidential campaign on the deck of the USS Iowa in September 2015. Joel has served in the United States Army for 26 years and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and Brigade Deputy Commander in the United States Army Reserve. Arends served as an infantry platoon leader in Iraq with the Army's 1st Cavalry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantryman's Badge for his service to the Army and our nation. He was recognized by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as one of the fifty heroes in the Global War on Terror and has been profiled in Investor's Business Daily. Joel is married to his beautiful wife Robin and they have three children together Noah, Abigail and Zachary. Joel and his family are members of Holy Spirit Church and active in their community.Joel Arends is licensed to practice law in both South Dakota and his native state of Iowa.



Work experience

Lincoln County Commission
County Commissioner | 2019 - Present
Arends Law, P.C.
Managing Partner | 2010 - Present
United States Army Reserve
Lieutenant Colonel | 1994 - Present


United States Army Command and General Staff College
University of South Dakota School of Law
J.D. (2006)
United States Army Infantry School


Department of Defense (OSD) | 2006
United States Army | 2005
United States Army | 2005


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