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My name is Amy Johnson - I am a business lawyer and I primarily help businesses that are going through an acquisition or sale transaction or that are entering into contractual relationships with other businesses.  In part due to my background growing up in rural Iowa, I also provide timely advice to a large number of varied agribusinesses, both large and small, on issues that are of interest or concern to them. 

My Approach

My goal is to help you deal with legal issues in a disciplined manner by keeping your focus on the big picture while always working with you to keep in mind your business objectives it should not be the tail wagging the dog!  I strive to understand up front what motivates you as a client, what drives you and your business and what your objectives are so that you can be comfortable that you have an experienced and trusted advisor on your side.  Most importantly, I will always communicate with you in a timely fashion your emails will not sit in my inbox and your voicemails will not go unanswered.

More About Me

I graduated, magna cum laude, with my B.A. from Central College in 2004 and, cum laude, with my J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 2007. I was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2007 and am a member of the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Women Attorneys.  I am a graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy and a recipient of the Des Moines Business Record's Forty Under 40 award which recognizes some of Iowa's top business leaders under the age of 40.  I am also a member of the Greater Des Moines Committee, which is a partner of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and is responsible for selecting inductees into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame.

I am a former member of the firm's Management Committee.  I also act as chair of the firm's Agribusiness Practice Group. Participating on several non-profit boards in the past, I have been involved with: Easter Seals Iowa, the Morsel Combat Foundation, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines.  Additionally, I served as co-chair of the 2020 March of Dimes Des Moines March for Babies.

My Specialties

  • Business/Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Agribusiness, including federal, state and local environmental laws, corporate farming laws, Packers and Stockyards Act, production contracts, marketing contracts, feed agreements, and other contractual arrangements
  • Manufacturing
  • Non-Profit Organizations

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04-24-2020 If you have not already taken advantage of it, the SBA will be accepting PPP applications starting Monday morning. We recommend reaching out to your banker right away to get the ball rolling as the new appropriation will be given on a first-come first-served basis. Let us know what we can do to be of assistance – we have already helped numerous...
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BrownWinick Attorney Amy Johnson Named as Honoree to the 2018 Class of Forty Under 40

02-1-2018 BrownWinick attorney Amy Johnson was named to the Des Moines Business Record's 2018 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees. Forty Under 40 class selection is based on achievements, leadership and community involvement. Amy and the other honorees will be recognized at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
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Amanda McDade



Central College

B.A., magna cum laude, Interdisciplinary Studies: Spanish, Behavioral Science and Communication, 2004


Creighton University School of Law

J.D., cum laude, 2007


Iowa, 2007


Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on: Agricultural Law; Business Law; serves on the Agricultural Law Section Counsel
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys 
  • Morsel Combat Foundation
    Founding Member
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish
    Member; Finance Council