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Specialties

My name is James and I'm a trial lawyer.  I grew up in a blue collar family with five siblings and started in the sport of wrestling at a young age.  I think this background has given me an advantage when it comes to both work ethic and perspective as a trial lawyer.  I promise my clients and myself that I will not be outworked on a case.  While many lawyers say they take a unique approach to each case, I have found that an unmatched work ethic will often serve the client best in every case.  As in wrestling, a trial lawyer cannot be afraid to go one-on-one against the opponent, whether it is a veteran attorney or a stubborn witness.  I've been described countless times as a “bulldog,” and I take a lot of pride in having that reputation.  I believe these are parts of my job that cannot be taught, and I feel lucky to have gained these qualities through my background and experiences.

My Approach

I focus my practice on trial work and litigation.  My greatest joys come from winning or otherwise getting good results for my clients.  I hate losing, but I know clients hate it more.  There is nothing better than being able to deliver good news to a client, and letting them know their investment of time and money has paid off.

I take a commonsense approach to my cases, and seek to move the ball forward and advance the client's interest at every stage.  One of my goals is to eliminate or limit the inefficiencies inherent in litigation in order to serve each client.  When a case cannot be resolved, I have the experience and skills necessary to take a case to trial and win.  I regularly practice before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies, and have significant jury trial experience.  I have obtained successful results for clients in a wide variety of cases, including employment law, agribusiness, corporate law, personal injury, and municipal law.

More About Me

I spent seven years at the University of Iowa for undergrad and law school.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with distinction, in 2011.  I graduated from law school in 2014, also with distinction.  I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States.  I have been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® in the area of Litigation/Business and was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® - Ones to Watch in the area of Labor & Employment Law - Employees.

I reside in West Des Moines, Iowa, with my wife and two dogs, and enjoy staying active whenever I can.  I am a diehard fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Iowa Wrestling.

My Specialties

  • Trial Law and Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Administrative Law

United States Supreme Court Issues Another Decision on Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses

06-17-2022 The United States Supreme Court recently issued a decision significant to the enforcement of arbitration clauses in employment contracts. This decision comes after another decision earlier this term on the enforcement of arbitration clauses. In Southwest Airlines Co. v. Saxon, the Court unanimously held that a ramp supervisor for Southwest...
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United States Supreme Court Issues Decision on Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses

06-7-2022 The United States Supreme Court recently issued a decision significant to the enforcement of arbitration clauses in contracts. In a unanimous decision, the Court held in Morgan v. Sundance, Inc. that federal law does not contain a “prejudice requirement” in determining whether a party has waived its right to arbitration. The prejudice requirement...
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Iowa Court of Appeals Decision Serves as Cautionary Tale for Construction Contractors

10-8-2021   The Iowa Court of Appeals issued a decision this week that sent a strong message to construction contractors – ignore your contracts at your own risk.  Specifically, the Court stated, “Contracts mean what they say. Here, a party that failed to follow what a contract said in terms of the procedure to change the scope of the contract seeks to...
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Do You Have Insurance for Lost Business Due to COVID-19?

03-31-2020   Unless you are extraordinarily fortunate, your business will surely see a drop in revenue due to the economic slowdown caused by the virus.  Do you have insurance coverage for this?  Past world events such as the Ebola outbreak, 9/11 and hurricanes can provide some guidance.  Rest assured, however, that insurance companies will be inundated with...
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A New Definition Under the Federal Freedom of Information Act

07-9-2019 Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Mariah Kauder, and BrownWinick attorney, James White What qualifies as confidential? These days it might seem as if very little information truly remains private. However, when it comes to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has actually expanded the...
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Legal Sports Betting Imminent After Supreme Court Decision

05-18-2018 The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Assn., issued May 14, 2018, has opened the doors for states to legalize and regulate sports betting. The decision declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional. PASPA itself did not ban sports betting.  Rather, it prohibited states...
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BrownWinick Promotes Four Attorneys to Members

01-3-2022   BrownWinick recently admitted four attorneys as members. We would like to congratulate Ellen Hames, James White, Katie McKain, and Jennifer Lindberg on this achievement. Admission as members speaks to the hard work, skills and character of these individuals.” said Chris Sackett, Managing Member at BrownWinick. “Each of these attorneys brings a...
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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 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

07-11-2019 Eleven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: William Brown – Tax Elizabeth Coonan – Employment and Labor Michael Dee – Business Litigation Alice Helle – Employee Benefits Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate Ann Holden Kendell – Employment and Labor James Pray – Environmental Brian...
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BW Wins Defense Verdict in Disability Discrimination Trial

06-11-2019 Following an eight-day jury trial in Linn County, Iowa, BrownWinick attorneys Michael Dee and James White won a defense verdict in a case involving claims of disability discrimination and retaliation. BrownWinick represented a large national energy company and two of its employees who were sued by a former employee alleging the company terminated...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

07-2-2018 Twelve BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 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 E. Helle - Employee Benefits Thomas D. Johnson - Business/Corporate Ann Holden...
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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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Assistant

Helen Mollenbeck

515-248-6635

Undergraduate

University of Iowa

B.A., with distinction, Political Science, 2011

Legal

University of Iowa

J.D., with distinction, 2014

Admitted

Iowa, 2014 Illinois, 2015

Memberships & Associations

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