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Specialties

I practice primarily in the area of utility regulation and administrative law, which is usually a conversation-killer at a cocktail party.  However, energy issues are a part of everyday life, and I work for utilities and for utility customers to arrive at solutions that are good policy and good for you.  Utility regulation can be complex, but in the end, it often comes down to a few simple principles that drive the answers.

My Approach

When new matters arise, I start by acquiring a full understanding of the facts and the issues.  Once I understand your situation and your concerns, I can review the applicable law and help you to solve any problems and get to where you want to be.

More About Me

Before joining BrownWinick, I was general counsel to the Iowa Utilities Board for over 15 years. Prior to that time, I was a senior attorney for a large, rate-regulated gas and electric utility and, before that, a partner in another law firm.  At all stages of my career, my emphasis has been on utility regulation and administrative law.

I received a J.D., with high honors, from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1983. I also have a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. I was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers¨ in the area of Energy Law and I have an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Iowa Utilities Take Steps to Address Customers' COVID-19 Issues

03-23-2020   Many of the electric, natural gas, water, and communications utilities serving Iowans have taken steps to address their customers’ utility service issues associated with the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Typically, these steps take the form of suspending disconnection of service for nonpayment, although the details of these suspensions can...
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Iowa DOT Issues Report on Electric Vehicles

01-10-2019 On December 31, 2018, the Iowa DOT released a report analyzing the potential effect of electric vehicles on the Road Use Tax Fund in Iowa.  Because these vehicles use no gasoline, they do not pay the state fuel tax.  The number of electric vehicles is relatively small at this time, so the impact on the Road Use Tax Fund is not immediately...
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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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Assistant

Samantha Heibel

515-248-6633

Undergraduate

Yale University

B.A., Economics, 1980

Legal

University of Iowa

J.D., with high honors, 1983

Admitted

Iowa, 1983

Memberships & Associations

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