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As an member attorney at BrownWinick, I’m actively involved in real estate transactions, with a focus on development, acquisition and financing of commercial real estate projects. I frequently work on renewable energy projects, assisting in drafting and negotiating site control documents, permitting and securing title insurance. As your attorney, I provide expertise and practical advice to help you achieve your personal and business objectives.

My Approach

In any real estate transaction, I provide expertise and practical advice. My goal is to listen to clients’ specific objectives and create solutions that achieve those objectives. I provide a tailored approach to each client and strive to make the whole process seamless and easy.

More About Me

I graduated from Drake University in 2013 with a B.A. in Law, Politics and Society with a concentration in Business Law. In 2017, I received my J.D. with highest honors from Drake University Law School and am a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, I was a member of the Drake Law Review, serving as Research Editor from 2016-2017. Additionally, I was a teaching assistant for the legal research and writing program at Drake Law School from 2015-2017.

I was admitted to the Iowa bar in September 2017 and am a member of the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Women Attorneys, and Commercial Real Estate Women of Iowa. Additionally, I was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® - Ones to Watch in the areas of Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates Law. 

My Specialties

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Business Transactions
  • Leasing and Property Management
  • Land Use, Planning & Zoning
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Real Estate and Construction Disputes
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Investment

Wind Farm  Assessments for Repowers Have Changed

09-1-2022 During the most recent legislative session, the Iowa legislature passed a new law affecting the assessment of wind turbines that could have a big impact on operators planning to repower their turbines. If the county adopts the special wind farm assessment ordinance, the wind turbines are each assessed based upon the value of the turbines,...
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Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

08-12-2020 In an effort to reduce the number of evictions and foreclosures in the State of Iowa due to the pandemic, Governor Reynolds created the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. This program provides rental assistance or mortgage assistance for up to four months for a household who has had a reduction in income due to the pandemic....
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Kelli Orton Promoted to Member at BrownWinick

01-2-2024 We are pleased to announce that Kelli Orton has recently been elected to Member at BrownWinick. Kelli has been with the firm since 2017 and is actively involved in the area of real estate. In this role, she serves as her clients' guide through a transitional period of their lives or through an investment decision that may have long-term...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2024 Best Lawyers® List

08-17-2023 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 33 lawyers have been included in the 2024 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. BrownWinick would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2024 The Best Lawyers...
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Kim Davenport



Drake University

B.A., Law, Politics and Society, with a concentration in Business Law, 2013


Drake University

J.D., with highest honors, Order of the Coif, 2017


Iowa, 2017

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Probate, Trust and Estate Planning; Real Estate and Title Law
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • CREW Iowa (Commercial Real Estate Women in Iowa)
  • Iowa Trust Association