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Specialties

As a transactional attorney, I spend a lot of time putting together deals (both large and small, simple to complex) for diverse clients across a wide range of industries. I also advise those clients on varied business, corporate and securities legal issues. Depending on the day, I may be structuring a business acquisition, negotiating a key business contract, exploring terms to bring on a new business partner, advising on board or shareholder matters, analyzing options for raising capital or reviewing financing documents. Whatever the situation, I partner with clients to develop practical solutions to their problems, help them capitalize on strategic opportunities that come their way, and navigate them through the complexities of their business deals.

My Approach

I strive to provide business-minded advice that complements your way of doing business. Through years of experience, I've learned that there is no “one-size fits all” approach to getting from “Point A” to “Point B.” Rather, a successful transaction requires a thoughtful understanding of where you are starting, where you want to go, and the risks and challenges that you are likely to encounter along the way given your unique position in the business world. I listen to your objectives, needs and concerns so I can understand the big picture of how a particular transaction or legal issue will impact your business, all while keeping a close eye on the details that are essential to a successful outcome. I bring collaboration, creativity and problem-solving skills to each issue that I tackle.

More About Me

I graduated from Iowa State University in 2003, with highest distinction, receiving a B.S. in Business Management. In 2006, I received my J.D., with highest honors, from Drake University Law School. During law school, I served as an Associate Editor of the Drake Law Review and had the opportunity to serve as a legal intern at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, Iowa and a summer associate at a large international law firm in Chicago, Illinois.  I was admitted to the bar in 2006, and I am a member of Order of the Coif. I have been recognized by Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star in the Business/Corporate area. I've also had experience serving as in-house counsel at an international financial services company. I am a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations.

I am a 2011 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. I am currently a co-chair of BrownWinick's Women in Business group, which is dedicated to supporting women business owners and leaders. I am also a past chair of BrownWinick's Associates Committee and former co-chair of BrownWinick's Corporate Practice Group.  

Outside of the office, I volunteer my time to various community organizations, particularly those devoted to supporting children and women in our community. I've co-chaired committees or events for Variety - the Children's Charity, JDRF and Komen Race for the Cure.  I participate in a subcommittee of the West Des Moines Public Arts Advisory Commission and volunteer at my child's school to enhance classroom art education.

My Specialties

  • Business and Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance/Securities
  • Banking and Lending
  • Growth Capital

Negotiating M&A Deal Terms During the COVID-19 Outbreak

04-13-2020   If you are in the process of negotiating the purchase or sale of a company’s assets, a large ownership stake in a company or some other merger or acquisition (“M&A”) transaction for a business, consider if and how COVID-19 could impact the terms of your deal, including those listed below.   1 - Purchase Price:  Before signing up a deal, the...
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Material Adverse Effect Clauses and COVID-19

03-29-2020   Material Adverse Effect (“MAE”) clauses are frequently found in merger and acquisition (“M&A”) agreements. Most typically, MAE clauses are incorporated as a closing condition that permits a buyer to terminate the agreement if the seller has had an MAE between the signing of the agreement and the closing of the transaction. In general, the...
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BrownWinick Law Firm Attorneys Featured in 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

08-20-2021 BrownWinick is excited to announce the following attorneys were selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers directory for 2021. Seven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: William Brown - Tax Michael Dee – Business Litigation Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate James...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

07-17-2017 Ten BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter - Employee Benefits/ERISA William C. Brown - Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee - Business Litigation Alice E. Helle - Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell - Employment & Labor James L....
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07-13-2016 Ten BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter - Employee Benefits William C. Brown - Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan - Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee - Business Litigation Alice Helle - Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell - Employment & Labor Brian Pingel – Intellectual...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2015 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07-15-2015 Seven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2015 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter - Employee Benefits William C. Brown - Tax Michael A. Dee - Business Litigation Alice Helle - Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell - Employment & Labor Brian Pingel – Intellectual Property Brian P....
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

08-25-2014 Seven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2014 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Brian Pingel - Intellectual Property Ronni F. Begleiter - Employee Benefits/ERISA William C. Brown - Tax Michael A. Dee - Business Litigation Alice Helle - Employee Benefits/ERISA Ann Holden Kendell - Employment & Labor Brian P....
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Assistant

Jill Hoover

515-242-2458

Undergraduate

Iowa State University

B.S., with distinction, Business Management, 2003

Legal

Drake University

J.D., with highest honors, 2006

Admitted

Iowa, 2006

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Business Law Section; Young Lawyers Division
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; Young Lawyers Division
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
    Member
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
    Community Leadership Program, Class of 2010-2011
  • Order of the CoifDelta Theta Phi
  • Drake Law Review, Junior Staff Member, 2004-2006; Associate Editor, 2005-2006