Welcome to Sackett Law Firm


Barry Shaw Sackett and Associates offer clients a unique blend of business and real estate expertise.

With over 39 years of combined legal experience, they provide eminently practical advice on matters ranging from strategic business planning, intellectual property, tax preparation, real estate, and probate.

Our Philosophy 

Sackett Law Firm is a service-oriented firm. Our office environment is casual and family-friendly. We appreciate our employees' contributions to our efforts and respect their personal time, family needs, and obligations.  We value our client relationships, some of whose families have entrusted Sackett and Shaw lawyers since the early 1900’s. 

We strive for collaborative lawyer-client relationships in which we demystify legal and business issues with a common sense approach. We cherish our communities and give back through local and regional organizations and through pro bono service. 

We honor the world we live in and the society that supports our organization. We work to create an environment for clients and staff that is reassuring during difficult times and proactive during opportune times.

Our Values:

  • Sackett Law Firm ardently believes trust and honesty are the cornerstones of all relationships.

  • Sackett Law Firm is sincerely dedicated to understanding, addressing and respecting the needs of our clients.

  • Sackett Law Firm is firmly committed to long lasting valuable relationships for our clients.

  • Sackett Law Firm values personal investment in the communities we serve.


A Brief History

1901: Albert Josiah Shaw graduates from Drake Law School and establishes Shaw Law Office in Pocahontas, Iowa. He subsequently became the state industrial commissioner and a State Senator

1918: Wilber Sackett graduates from Drake Law School and establishes Sackett and Cory in Spencer, Iowa

1934: Frank Shaw becomes a lawyer and enters his father’s firm

1960: Robert W. (“Bill”) Sackett graduates from Drake Law School and joins Wilber in practice in Spencer, Iowa

1961: Rosemary Shaw graduates from Drake Law School and joins Frank in practice in Pocahontas

1963: Bill Sackett and Rosemary Shaw marry and merge the Sackett and Shaw firms

1976: Brad Howe joins Sackett and Shaw

1986: Rosemary Shaw Sackett is appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals

1992: Barry Shaw Sackett graduates from the University of Iowa College of Law

2007: Barry Shaw Sackett joins Bill Sackett as a partner in Sackett Law Office

2009: Lynne Sims-Taylor joins Barry as a partner in Sackett & Sims-Taylor

2010: Bill Sackett retires from practice, but remains Of Counsel for Sackett & Sims-Taylor

2012: Sackett & Sims-Taylor takes on Brad Howe’s practice in Spencer after his passing

2013: Sackett & Sims-Taylor becomes Sackett Law Firm

2014: Sackett Law Firm opens a new location in historic downtown Spirit Lake

2015: Kristine K. Willrett, graduate of University of Iowa Law School, joins Sackett Law Firm

2015: Robert "Bill" Sackett passes away at the age of 81