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I am a member of BrownWinick specializing in business law and transactions, with specialized expertise in technology and information privacy and security. Having spent over 7 years as a leader of a talented in-house legal team and officer of a top 50 property and casualty insurance company headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, including 3 years as the enterprise privacy director, I understand firsthand the challenges of making decisions in a highly regulated environment with less than perfect information, but within budget, and on time. I also know the value of having responsive, diligent, and dependable outside counsel to meet those demands. That is my goal as your outside counsel: to be known as a lawyer you can call, no matter the time and no matter the problem.  

My Approach

When I am asked to address a legal issue or business problem, my goal is the same as yours: understand the risk and find a way past it so that the business can continue. Good lawyers move business forward, and that’s what I do.  

I have deep experience leading and closing transactions, managing crises, reporting to C-Suite executives and directors, and overseeing teams and compliance programs within large organizations. My past experience as a business leader helps me understand the challenges of evaluating complex, long term problems with imperfect solutions that require accepting risk. I realize the right solution is often more feasible and practical than the perfect solution. 

More About Me

 I am a first-generation college graduate, having received a B.A. in History from Knox College, where I played football, sang in the college choir, and during the school year held jobs at a bakery, mopping floors in an academic building, and clerking at a law firm. I earned my J.D. from Drake University Law School, graduating with High Honors, serving as Notes Editor on the Journal of Agricultural Law, and as a research assistant  in areas of criminal law and procedure. Upon graduation I was inducted into the Order of the Coif. 

I was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 2009 (inactive) and the Iowa Bar in 2013.  

My prior experience includes: 

  • 7 years at a top 50 property and casualty insurance company, where I served as an officer, led teams of lawyers and non-lawyers, and served as the enterprise privacy director
  • 6 years in private practice (3 in Michigan, and 3 in Iowa)
  • 1 year as a Prehearing Attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals in Grand Rapids, Michigan

I live in Des Moines with my wife (a small business owner) and two active children.  

My Specialties

  • Business Law
    • Transactions
    • Corporate Governance
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance Law
  • Venture Capital and Start Ups
  • Technology
    • Product Development and Implementation
    • SaaS, IaaS, PaaS
    • SLAs
    • Insurtech, Fintech
    • Procurement 
  • Privacy and Information Security
    • US and International Privacy Compliance
    • GDPR, US State Privacy Laws (e.g., CCPA/CPRA), GLBA, HIPPA
    • Data Breach Response

BrownWinick Welcomes Lee Henderson as New Member Attorney

12-5-2023 BrownWinick is pleased to welcome Lee Henderson to the firm. Lee has joined as a member with a practice specializing in business law and transactions, with an emphasis on technology and information privacy and security. "We are excited to welcome Lee Henderson to our firm. With his outstanding expertise in business law and information privacy and...
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Michelle Messer



Knox College

B.A., History  


Drake University Law School 

J.D., with high honors


Iowa, 2013

Michigan, 2009 (inactive)

Memberships & Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member ; Corporate Counsel Section (Chair);  Business Law Section
  • Technology Association of Iowa
    Member; Legal Roundtable
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
    Member; Earned CIPP/US in 2020 (Certified Information Privacy Professional in US Law)
  • American Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association