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From commercial litigation, data security and privacy, and advertising and promotions, I have deep experience across a wide range of issues.  I also serve as “general counsel” for several clients in a wide range of industries, from manufacturers to technology companies and craft breweries.  In that role, I help them draft and negotiate contracts and manage all their legal needs, including enlisting other attorneys as needed to deliver the most effective service.

My Approach

I take a practical approach to helping clients solve problems.  I will partner with you to understand your business and the legal and practical risks you face.  Then, I'll give you the guidance and advice you need to be empowered to make the hard decisions facing your business. 

More About Me

I hail from a small town in southeast Iowa and graduated from Coe College in 1997 and from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2000.  After law school, I worked at two large national law firms before being hired by a client for an in-house role at a multinational agribusiness company. 

I am involved in a number of organizations, such as the Association of Business and Industry and the Trade Regulation and Corporate Counsel sections of the Capital Iowa Bar Association.  I've also enjoyed coaching my twin sons in baseball and hockey and serving as President of Raccoon Valley Little League. 

I also serve as the Chair of BrownWinick's Recruiting Committee, and I'm always on the lookout for attorneys who are not only excellent at what they do but who are also excellent people. 

My Specialties

  • Business and Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Data Security and Privacy
  • Craft Beverage
  • Advertising, Promotions, and Sweepstakes
  • Antitrust
  • Distribution, Dealership, and Franchise
  • Manufacturing
  • Eminent Domain
  • Trademarks

Leading Through Chaos

04-2-2020   I recently had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on “Leading through Chaos” with Dawn Buzynski of Strategic America and Vince Newendorp of Vermeer.  Little did any of us know that about two weeks later the stock market would crater, a global pandemic would cause most of the nation to be placed on lock-down, and vast business...
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Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Shipping Terms

06-17-2019 Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Mariah Kauder, and BrownWinick attorney, Brian McCormac If you have been party to a contract for the sale of goods, the options for shipping terms might seem like a mystery of far too similar terms that can manage to make a world of difference. Understanding when the risk of loss transfers and...
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Responding to a Breach Incident

05-30-2019 Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Law Clerk, Casey Sievert, and BrownWinick attorney, Brian McCormac With the growing number of data security incidents and the potential for bet-the-company sized risks, it is crucial to know how to navigate such an event. BrownWinick’s data security and privacy team specializes in helping businesses...
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Contract Brewing - A Strategy for "Right Sizing" Brewery Production

09-19-2018 One of the toughest decisions a brewery owner must make is deciding how much production capacity is the right amount.  Starting (or expanding) a brewery is a huge decision.  Brewing equipment is expensive and filling excess production capacity can be a tediously slow process.  After an expansion, a brewery owner may spend many sleepless nights...
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A Huge Win For Iowa's Great Distilleries!

05-11-2017 The law, as it was written, allowed Iowa breweries and wineries to serve alcohol on site to paying customers.  However, Iowa distilleries did not enjoy a similar privilege.  This meant that Iowa distilleries could not sell a glass of their spirits to visiting customers.  This Prohibition era restriction limits customer engagement with Iowa...
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BrownWinick Attorney Brian McCormac Selected as a Member of the 2019-2020 Leadership Iowa Class

10-9-2019 Congratulations to Brian McCormac, an attorney at BrownWinick, for being selected as a member of the 2019-2020 Association of Business and Industry Foundation's Leadership Iowa class. The goal of the selection process is to create a class that brings together leaders from across the state who represent a variety of occupations, civic involvement...
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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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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured In 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

09-6-2013 Eight BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2013 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  •    Bruce Graves - Tax  •    Alice Helle - Employee Benefits/ERISA  •  ...
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Coe College

B.A., cum laude, Sociology and Political Science, 1997


University of Iowa College of Law

J.D., with distinction, 2000


Wisconsin, 2000;

Iowa, 2004


Memberships & Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on: Corporate Counsel; E-Commerce; Trade Regulation
    Chair, Trade Regulation Section (2008-2009); Recipient of Service Award (2009)
  • Orchard Place Foundation
    Board of Directors
  • Des Moines Adult Hockey Association 
    Pro Bono Counsel, former Board of member/Registrar
  • Polk County I-Club 
    Board of Directors
  • Raccoon Valley Little League 
    former President