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Specialties

I'm a transactional attorney at BrownWinick. I represent businesses and their owners in a variety of different spaces, ranging from agriculture, manufacturing, construction and real estate development all the way to emerging technology, software as a service (SaaS), venture capital and financial services. The diversity of the clients I work for and the issues they present me with make me well-equipped to provide you practical legal advice on all matters pertaining to your business.

My specific expertise is in structuring, negotiating and documenting merger and acquisition (“M&A”) transactions. In the past few years, I've served as lead or associate counsel on a variety of M&A transactions, ranging in value from $5,000 to over $40 million. I've also assisted with the drafting of numerous partnership agreements, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements, partner buy-out agreements, joint venture agreements, asset purchase agreements and stock purchase agreements. In summary, I stick by my clients as their transactional attorney every step of the way, helping them plan for and assess business opportunities and transactions throughout the enterprise life cycle, from formation and operations through transition by succession, sale or dissolution.

I'm also uniquely well experienced in drafting aircraft ownership and operating agreements (including aircraft dry leases), which makes me one of the few Iowa-based lawyers capable and ready to assist you with legal matters pertaining to your aircraft.

My Approach

I take your interests personally and will fight for you in the trenches on important issues with respect to any given transaction. With that being said, my legal strategy always takes into consideration the main reason you hired me: to close your deal as efficiently as possible while protecting your interests at the same time. My ability to identify and control items that are important and provide you the most value as opposed to those items that provide you very little practical benefit is my greatest asset to you. While I take your interests personally, I also take your successes personally; there's no better feeling for me than watching my clients and their businesses close deals and flourish.  

More About Me

I received my undergraduate education at Creighton University's Heider College of Business, where I graduated, magna cum laude. I then walked across the Creighton “mall” and attended Creighton University's School of Law, where I received my J.D., magna cum laude. Having grown up with a lawyer for a parent, a desire to help people and a fascination with business, a legal career with a business focus was always my dream.

In law school, I was appointed the Research Editor of the Creighton Law Review. I was also awarded multiple academic excellence awards for receiving the highest grade in the class in Taxation of Business Enterprises, Business Associations, Professional Responsibility, Property, Legal Research and Writing, Civil Procedure and Environmental Law.

Prior to joining the BrownWinick, I obtained a diverse legal background working as law clerk for Union Pacific Railroad Company's real estate group, a summer associate for Abrahams Kaslow & Cassman LLP in Omaha, NE and as a clerk for Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO.

I am admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa and am a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.

My Specialties

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology and SaaS Agreement Drafting and Negotiation
  • Entity Selection and Formation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Commercial Contract Drafting
  • Start-Up
  • Venture Capital
  • Agribusiness
  • Real Estate
  • Secured Lending
  • Aviation

What Questions Should I Ask Before Dry Leasing an Aircraft?

08-19-2022 I am contacted routinely by individuals that are interested in dry leasing an aircraft for either business or personal use (or both). These individuals have made the decision that they are willing to accept the risks of a dry lease of an aircraft (as opposed to a charter), which includes the party leasing the jet (the “dry lessee”) assuming full...
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FAA Ramps Up Surveillance: Time to Confirm Compliance of Your Aircraft Operation

07-15-2020   Despite all that is going on in the world, we have noticed in the past few months an uptick in the Federal Aviation Administration (the “FAA”)’s scrutiny of aircraft operations, specifically those operations that cross the border from legal Part 91 operations into “sham” dry lease or illegal charter territory. Because of the FAA’s noticeably...
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Determining Whether Your Business Qualifies as Essential

03-26-2020   More and more state and local governments are issuing “stay at home” orders that require all non-essential businesses to cease operations and send employees home. We’ve received many client questions regarding the ramifications of these orders, the definition of an “essential business,” and the registration requirements for essential businesses....
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Aircraft Dry Lease Checklist

10-30-2019   There is no doubt about it: purchasing, owning, and operating an aircraft is an expensive endeavor. For this reason, we find our clients seeking out more cost effective private aircraft arrangements. Most often, an aircraft charter or lease arrangement more closely aligns with a client’s goals than outright aircraft ownership. Chartered air...
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Assistant

Michelle Battaglia

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Undergraduate

Creighton University's Heider College of Business

B.S., magna cum laude, Business Administration, 2016

Legal

Creighton University School of Law

J.D., magna cum laude, Business Law Certificate, 2018

Admitted

Iowa, 2018

 

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member