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I am of counsel with the BrownWinick Law firm.  I work with the Government Relations team to represent clients at the Iowa Legislature and executive branch agencies.  My entire career has revolved around the beauty of the written word Ð bills and amendments and the legislative process and application to solving problems for people and businesses.   After more than three decades entering the state Capitol, I am still amazed at the beauty of the building and the importance of the proceedings within it.

My Approach

As a Government Practice lawyer,  I believe in a collaborative approach - working with others who have similar policy concerns and with the great government practice group at BrownWinick.

More About Me

I received my B.A. in History at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.  Specializing in American History, taking as many classes as possible from one of Coe's professors who had written several books on President Herbert Hoover.  Received my J.D. with distinction in 1988 from the University of Iowa Law School.   My first job out of law school was with West Publishing Company annotating statutes.  In 1989 I took a job with the Iowa Legislature drafting bills and amendments and the rest is history.  In addition to government practice, I am the Director of the Drake University Law School's Legislative Practice Center.  I teach legislative classes and work with law student interns. 

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Coe College

B.A., History, 1984


University of Iowa

J.D., with distinction, 1988


Iowa, 1988

Memberships & Associations

  • Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Pioneer Lawmakers Association
    Honorary Member