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Specialties

I am a member at BrownWinick and am Chair of the firm's Construction practice group.  Most of my time is spent working in two main areas.  First, I litigate matters for public and private businesses and individuals in a variety of fields and industries.  My work includes handling complex business disputes, contract disputes, construction and design disputes, various business torts including fraud and interference with contracts, conflicts between business competitors, claims between majority and minority shareholders, relations and disputes with governmental agencies, and employment disputes involving wrongful termination, discrimination, and claims arising from non-compete, non-solicitation and other agreements.  Second, I serve as outside general counsel advising on corporate, contract, employment, regulatory matters, business planning and succession, and others.  In my over twenty years of practice, I have seen things from about every angle. 

I spend a significant amount of my time representing owners (public and private), architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers and sureties in all facets of their business, including bidding and document preparation, contract negotiation and drafting, work and performance issues, financing and warranty issues, regulatory and legislative guidance and advice, bonds, liens and public claims, litigation and arbitration of claims, and claim avoidance.  I have also provided testimony or background information to legislative committees and legislators on construction and litigation related legislation.

I routinely handle matters where the amount at issue involves seven, eight, and nine figures.  My practice is not limited to Iowa, is national, and goes where my clients need me.    

My Approach

I try to understand your business, your problems, your needs and goals, and then help get you where you want to be.  I can be creative using my extensive experience, but always focus on service to you and reaching your goals.  I strive for excellence in everything I do. 

I am proud to say that, for a number of years, my clients, peers and Super Lawyers® have selected me as one of the “Top Ten Lawyers” in all of Iowa regardless of practice area.  My peers have also selected me as a leader in Iowa in the Chambers USA® listing for commercial litigation, in Best Lawyers®  for construction law and litigation - municipal, in Super Lawyers® for construction litigation, as a Senior Fellow in the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America, and named as Best Lawyers' “Lawyer of the Year” 2016 in Construction Law.  I am AV-rated in Martindale Hubbell - the highest possible rating.

A common comment that I hear from my new clients is “We wish we would have hired you sooner.”

More About Me

In 1998, I received my J.D., with honors, from Drake University where I served on the Drake Law Review.  In 1995, I received my Finance Degree from the University of Iowa.  I am licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

I am a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations; the American Bar Association's Forum on Construction Law and Construction Litigation Committee; Master Builders of Iowa; and the Associated General Contractors of Iowa.  I serve on the Federal Practice Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association and am a former chair and founding member of the Construction Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association.  I am a frequent speaker to professionals, trade associations, and attorneys on topics relating to construction law and litigation. 

I am proud to give back to my community in many ways.  I am the former Chair of the West Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, and serve on the board at my church.  I have helped coach various sports teams, and volunteer in other ways.

My Specialties

  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Construction
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Employment
  • Business and Corporate
  • Governmental and Regulatory
  • Agribusiness
  • Insurance
  • Energy and Renewable Fuels
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08-12-2021   BrownWinick is thrilled to congratulate attorney Brian Rickert for being named to Super Lawyers Top 10: 2021 Iowa Super Lawyers List for Iowa.  The “Top 10 List” is a listing of the lawyers in Iowa who received the highest point totals regardless of practice specialty and is based solely on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only the...
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05-25-2021 BrownWinick, a preeminent business law firm with offices in Des Moines and Pella, has once again been ranked among leading law firms in the exclusive Chambers USA 2021 Guide. The Chambers USA 2021 Guide is compiled through a research-based review that evaluates the multiple practice areas of hundreds of law firms through investigative research and...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List

08-21-2020 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 26 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

08-15-2019 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

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Brian Rickert Appointed Chair of ISBA Construction Law Section Council

06-12-2019 BrownWinick Law Firm Attorney Brian Rickert has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Construction Law Section Council of the Iowa State Bar Association for their 2019-2020 fiscal year.   Members of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Construction Law Section Council include construction law attorneys from across the state of Iowa. The Council...
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Chambers USA Names BrownWinick Law Firm and 11 of its Attorneys "Leaders in Iowa"

04-30-2019 BrownWinick, a Des Moines based law firm, has been recognized as a “leading law firm” in Chambers USA 2019 — America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, and Litigation: General Commercial. Additionally, 11 BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA 2019, being recognized as...
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Attorney Brian Rickert Named to Super Lawyers' "Top 10 List"

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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

08-16-2018 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the...
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Assistant

Brooke Johnson

515-242-2489

Undergraduate

University of Iowa

B.B.A., Finance, 1995

Legal

Drake University Law School

J.D., with honors, 1998

Admitted

Missouri, 1998;

Iowa, 1999;

Kansas, 1999;

Minnesota, 2018

 

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on : Construction Law; Litigation
    Chair, Construction Law Section Council (2019-2020)(2020-2021)
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Forum on Construction Law; Litigation
  • The Missouri Bar
    Member
  • Master Builders of Iowa
    Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Senior Fellow
  • Diversity Law Institute
    Member
  • The Trial Law Institute
    Member
  • Complex Commercial Litigation Institute
    Member
  • Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa
    Board of Directors; Chair (2020-2022)
  • West Des Moines Water Works
    Board of Trustees (2008-2020), Chair (2018-2020)
  • Leadership Iowa
    Alumni Member
  • Des Moines Business Record
    Forty Under 40 Class of 2005
  • Drake Law Review, 1996-1998