Elizabeth A. Coonan is a member of BrownWinick and serves as Chair of BrownWinick's Employment Law practice group. Elizabeth represents clients in the areas of employment, workers' compensation and business immigration law. She assists employers of all sizes with policy development and enforcement, non-competition and other restrictive covenant drafting and enforcement, litigation and workers' compensation strategy and provides trainings on drug testing, harassment and FMLA issues. She has also served as an independent investigator on behalf of businesses in relation to harassment and other claims. Elizabeth counsels clients regarding discipline and termination situations and compliance with local, state and federal employment and civil rights laws and regulations. She represents clients in proceedings in front of various state and federal courts and administrative bodies including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation. Elizabeth also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums and is a certified mediator.
Elizabeth has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012 for her work in the area of workers' compensation law and has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for her work in the area of Employment and Labor Law. Beth is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State (Workers' Compensation and Labor and Employment Law Sections) Bar Associations and a Drake Law Women Advisory Board Member. She is also a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Elizabeth is active in the community as a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, a member of the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, and serves on the Board of Directors for Junior League of Des Moines. She was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the Iowa Department of Human Rights Board. She previously served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Young Women's Resource Center, is a graduate of and a past member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, served as a member of the Board of Directors of House of Mercy and serves on the Broadlawns Advocacy Circle, working on the mental health awareness campaign, and serves other non-profit organizations in varying capacities.
Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her J.D., with honors, from Drake University. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2002 and subsequently admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.