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As a versatile Associate Attorney based in BrownWinick's Coralville office,  I collaborate with a diverse set of clients in the broad practice areas of employment/labor and business/corporate. Even if I’ve never encountered your particular legal issue before, I will put in the work to learn about the landscape of your industry and the parameters of the problem. Whether it’s forming a business, navigating a tricky employment complaint, or keeping your operation compliant, I meet my clients where they’re at with a dedicated optimism and a stubborn commitment to finding workable solutions.  

My Approach

Ultimately, I view myself as a connector of good people doing interesting things, and if I cannot help you with your legal needs, I’ll do my best to match you with someone who can.  

My background in communications and public policy informs my approach to dynamic problem solving and client-empowered advocacy. As someone who takes the “counselor” part of my job seriously, I believe strongly in making the legal system more accessible; I do so, in part, through breaking down complex legal concepts and offering approachable, non-judgmental advice. 

I also like to learn about my clients as people (or in the case of a business, the people making the magic happen) from the outset—not just their legal needs. I find this leads to a better understanding of each client’s vision for what they’re trying to build or thorny issue they’re trying to resolve.  

More About Me

Before graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law, I earned a Master’s in Public Policy through the University of Northern Iowa and my Bachelor’s from Drake University. I also worked in communications-related roles, including for a national retail company, international startup, and large nonprofit. While living in Germany and traveling around the world, I also freelanced as a writer and marketer for a wide variety of publications and clients.  

During my time in law school, I represented and advocated for the interests of nearly 10,000 students as President of Graduate and Professional Student Government. I mentored Student Writers in my role as Note & Comment Editor for the Iowa Law Review and collaborated with amazing clients as a Student Practitioner with the Community Empowerment Law Project. I was also the Iowa Student Bar Association Representative to the Iowa Law School Foundation. In 2021 I was honored to receive the Hancher-Finkbine Distinguished Student Leader Award.  

What I love about the practice of law is that it allows me to tie all of these different experiences together in a job that demands continuous learning and evolution; it’s a career where staying stagnant is not an option. 

Outside of work, you can probably find me at a fitness class, cooking and baking, helping my husband (Zach) with home DIY projects, planning our next travel adventure, and spoiling our two cats—Matcha and Mochi.  

My Specialties

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business & Corporate
  • HR Compliance & Training
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Dept. of Labor Offering $15M in Grants to Address Workforce Challenges in Critical Sectors: What Iowa Employers Need to Know Before Applying

07-12-2023 On May 17, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $15 million in grants to help address challenges the workforce system faces in training people for good jobs in critical sectors including care, climate resiliency, and hospitality. The program was designed to improve job quality and the availability of good jobs,...
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No More Non-Competes? What Pending Laws May Mean for Employment in Iowa

02-23-2023 There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, you’re currently subject to a non-compete provision. Non-compete provisions or agreements are notorious in that they have a complicated and long history within labor and employment law. For instance, in England circa 1414, an apprentice promised to refrain from practicing his trade for 6 months in...
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NLRB Proposes Expanded Definition of Joint Employer Status

10-31-2022 In an attempt to tackle uncertainty and litigation in a progressively complex world of employment relationships, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently proposed a new rule for determining joint-employer status. On September 6, 2022 the NLRB released a notice proposing to rescind and replace the “Joint Employer Status Under the National...
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BrownWinick Opens New Location in Coralville

12-5-2022 Today, BrownWinick officially announced its expansion into eastern Iowa with the addition of a new location at 1101 5th Street in Coralville. This office will be home to a growing team already located in the vibrant Iowa City/Cedar Rapids corridor. “The needs of our various clients in the eastern part of the state continue to evolve, so this...
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BrownWinick Welcomes Mackensie Graham

09-8-2022 BrownWinick is proud to welcome associate attorney Mackensie Graham to the firm. Mackensie, a former BrownWinick summer associate, has joined BrownWinick’s Corporate and Business Transactions and Employment and Labor teams to work on a variety of matters including forming a business, keeping operations compliant, or navigating tricky employment...
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Jasmine Atari




Drake University

B.A., 2012


University of Northern Iowa

Master of Public Policy, Certificate in Public Administration, 2017


University of Iowa College of Law

J.D., 2021


Iowa, 2021 
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 2021
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2022

Memberships & Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Young Lawyers Division - Judicial District 6 Representative
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Young Lawyers Division - District 19 Representative
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Dean Mason Ladd American Inn of Court
  • Coralville Parks and Recreation Commission
    Board Member
  • Iowa City Area Business Partnership
    Ambassador; Business Council for Legislative Action Member
  • City of Coralville
    150th Anniversary Programming Committee Member
  • Johnson County Democrats
    Central Committee Representative
  • Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, Volunteer
  • 100+ Women Who Care: Hawkeye Chapter, Member