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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 am currently co-chairing 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

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

05-28-2020   The House passed a bill this afternoon that would provide businesses with greater flexibility with regard to their uses of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The legislation -- titled the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act -- was introduced by Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas and Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota. It is...
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Guidance Regarding PPP Forgiveness

05-18-2020 On Friday, the SBA released much-anticipated guidance regarding the forgiveness component of Paycheck Protection Program loans: SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application The guidance includes the forgiveness worksheet that borrowers will be required to fill out as well as information on the types of...
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Paycheck Protection Program Resumes Monday, April 27th

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...
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Main Street Lending Program

04-9-2020   The U.S. Treasury released information today on its Main Street Lending Program (“MSLP”).  Many at this point are familiar with the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) created by the CARES Act; the MSLP is being billed as the corresponding mid-size business program.  More details are yet to come, however:  The MSLP will enhance support for small...
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What do I do if I am ready to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the SBA?

03-30-2020   1 - Call your lender: Chances are they are already a Small Business Administration (SBA) lender or will be designated as one soon. If your lender is not an SBA lender, check out for a list of lending institutions that are. 2 - Gather the necessary information about your business: Interim 2020 Income Statement and Balance Sheet and your...
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Identification of "Essential Business" Employees

03-26-2020   As more cities and states are moving to require citizens to “shelter in place,” how do “essential business” employees identify themselves?  The “shelter in place” orders that have been issued so far have been issued by city or state governments.  Each order may have specific nuances; however, the general employee identification form will be...
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Businesses in All 99 Iowa Counties Now Qualify for SBA Disaster Loans

03-22-2020   Effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, businesses in all 99 Iowa counties qualify for Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Economic Injury Distress Loans (the “Loans”).  The Loans are working capital only loans that are meant to help small businesses weather the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.  The credit requirements for the Loans are minimal and...
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SBA Offers Low Interest Federal Disaster Loans in Designated States

03-20-2020   UPDATE: On Saturday, March 21st, Governor Kim Reynold announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and continuing. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa...
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Is Your Business Protected Against Business Interruptions?

03-13-2020   COVID-19 has reminded businesses of the need to have plans for business interruption, contingency processes and procedures, and human resources and staffing preparedness in the event of disaster. Additionally, businesses need to review their contacts and ensure they are protected in the event their ability to perform per contractual obligations...
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Agricultural Production Facility Fraud Law Found Unconstitutional

01-10-2019 On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Central Division found in favor of a number of anti-ag industry groups; including ICCI and PETA - in a case involving the constitutionality of Iowa’s Agricultural Production Facility Fraud Law (commonly known as the “Ag-Gag Law”).   The Court’s...
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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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Ashley Wing



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

  • 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