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I enjoy getting to know my clients, their businesses and the issues that they are facing.  When my clients come to me for advice, I enjoy putting my years of experience and perspective together with the information I know about them to solve their issues in a practical, cost effective manner.

My Approach

Traditionally, lawyers were taught to “counsel” or provide sound advice to their clients.  I strive not only to provide counsel and “sound advice” but strive to understand my clients business and the situation that they are facing so that the advice that I give to them is not only sound advice, but practical advice that is tailored to the business, industry and individual situation that they are facing.  My clients value our relationship and appreciate not getting a 20 page memo that doesn't answer the question they need answered.

More About Me

I was born and raised in Nebraska.  Yes, I'm a Husker Fan (which is harder now than it was when I attended) having completed both my undergraduate studies and law degree at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, graduating with distinction from both in 1983 and 1986 respectively.  I'm licensed to practice in Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado.

After graduating from law school I moved to Des Moines and joined BrownWinick.  While at BrownWinick I've served multiple terms on the firm's Executive Committee as well as the chair of its Corporate Practice Group. 

When I'm away from the office I enjoy traveling, biking and golf.  Over the years I've been involved with a number of civic, non-profit and charitable organizations.

My Specialties

  • Business and Corporate
  • Finance
  • Secured Transactions
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Banking

Regulators Close Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank: Here's What You Need to Know

03-13-2023 Last weekend was a wild ride for the banking industry and depositors everywhere.  Silicon Valley Bank experienced an old fashioned “run on the bank” that forced the FDIC to close it on mid-day Friday. Remember Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Over the weekend another bank, Signature Bank, was also closed by regulators.  Both of these...
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Does Your Export Business Use an IC-DISC?

03-7-2023 Authorized by Congress as an incentive to promote export sales, Interest-Charge Domestic Sales Corporations (“IC-DISCs”) function as a simple, inexpensive, and low-risk tax planning strategy. Basically, IC-DISCs provide significant permanent tax benefits and deferred tax savings opportunities for U.S. based export companies by in essence allowing...
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Affordable Care Act Deadline Extension

12-19-2022 On December 15, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations extending deadlines for providing certain information statements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The extension applies to Forms 1095-C, filed and issued by applicable large employers (ALEs), who are subject to the ACA Employer Mandate. The extension also applies to...
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UPDATE: IRS Extends Deadlines for Certain Additional Required Amendments to Retirement Plans and IRAs

11-29-2022 Earlier this year, we shared an update on certain retirement plan updates originally required to be adopted this year. At that time, we noted that some amendment deadlines had been delayed, but other amendments were still required this year. On September 26, 2022, the IRS issued Notice 2022-45, extending the deadline for qualified plans, 403(b)...
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Remote Worker Taxation Considerations: What Employers and Employees Should Understand

09-19-2022 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has become common in a variety of workplaces and fields. Working from home has become a necessity in some cases, with more and more employees switching to permanent or regular work-from-home arrangements. This unprecedented shift towards remote work has certainly created conveniences for...
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IRS Extends Deadline for Certain Required Amendments to Retirement Plans and IRAs

09-13-2022 On August 3rd, 2022, IRS Notice 2022-33 extended the remedial amendment periods for qualified plans, 403(b) plans, governmental plans, and 457(b) plans to adopt certain, but not all, required plan amendments relating to the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the “SECURE Act”), the Bipartisan American Miners Act of...
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Dental Associate: Your First Employment Contract

09-6-2022 You’re getting ready to graduate dental school. Congratulations! After years of tests, labs, and working in the clinic, you are looking for the perfect job. Once you have secured a job offer, you are faced with a new challenge—the employment contract. Reviewing your employment contract can be intimidating and because you are so excited to have a...
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Considerations for Selling to an ESOP

08-18-2022 An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan that allows employees to share in the ownership of the company they work for. The shares are held in a trust, established by the company, for the benefit of participating employees. Generally, a company forms an ESOP which then purchases stock from the existing owner(s) at fair...
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IRS Issues Revised Revenue Procedure for Late Portability Elections

08-8-2022 On July 8, 2022, the IRS issued a revised Revenue Procedure, Rev. Proc. 2022-32, providing for a late portability election to qualifying estates. The new procedure extends the time period in which the simplified method to make a late portability election can be filed. Rev. Proc. 2022-32 allows the simplified method to be used on or before the...
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The EPA's Rule Withdrawal Impact on Environmental Due Diligence

07-12-2022 Since our last post, “New ASTM Standard for Commercial Real Estate Phase I Environmental Site Assessments”, the Environmental Protection Agency (the “EPA”) withdrew its direct final rule to adopt the new ASTM E1527-21 standard for the EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiry” rules. The “All Appropriate Inquiry” rules provide a framework under which a...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Successfully Represent New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings before the Iowa Supreme Court

06-30-2022 In a major development for the agricultural industry in Iowa, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of a nuisance case and reversed a previous Supreme Court decision on constitutional grounds. BrownWinick attorneys James White, Jen Lindberg, and Jim Pray successfully represented New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings before the Iowa Supreme...
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New ASTM Standard for Commercial Real Estate Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

05-17-2022 On November 1, 2021, the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International released its revised standards for conducting an environmental site assessment of a parcel of commercial real estate. The new standard updates the previous standard released in 2013. Now referred to as ASTM E1527-21, the ASTM standard is widely used to satisfy...
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BrownWinick Law Firm and Eight Attorneys Listed in Chambers USA® 2012 - America's Leading Lawyers for Business

06-8-2012 BrownWinick has been ranked as a "leading law firm" in Chambers USA® 2012 - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial and Real Estate. Eight attorneys from BrownWinick were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA® 2012 as "leaders in Iowa" in the following areas: Doug...
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Ashley Wing



University of Nebraska

B.S., with distinction, 1983


University of Nebraska College of Law

J.D., with distinction, 1986


Iowa, 1986;

Colorado, 1987;

Nebraska, 1989

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Business Law Section
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Colorado State Bar Association
  • Iowa Bankers Association
  • Order of the CoifBeta Gamma Sigma
  • Nebraska Law Review, 1984-1986; Executive Editor, 1985