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I'm a member  in the BrownWinick law firm. I'm a business attorney and trusted advisor helping people, businesses and organizations navigate legal and business issues to achieve their goals. Depending on the situation, I may be next to you in the boardroom, meeting with the other side's lawyer one on one, or leading a team of BrownWinick colleagues from beginning to end on a complex transaction. As an attorney who has worked in industries, owned and operated my own businesses in addition to my legal practice, I go beyond the “traditional” or “cookie-cutter” role of an attorney to bring you the creativity, perspective, and practical mindset you need to your achieve your goals.

My Approach

I believe that a results-oriented and business-first approach best serves my clients. I have found that clients are seeking a partner who listens, understands, and develops solutions to get the desired results balancing legal risks with real world considerations that every client must consider which are often overlooked or under appreciated by attorneys.  The best lawyer is the one who understands your business and someone you understand.

More About Me

Before joining BrownWinick about eighteen years ago, I worked fifteen years with an international, fortune 10 corporation in various management positions, and later owned and operated several small businesses making many of the same business and legal decisions I now assist clients. Legal issues aren't theoretical to me; they're real issues that we roll up our sleeves to solve. I know the pressures of meeting quarterly financials while building long-term shareholder value.

I am also involved in federal and state elections, and campaign compliance advising candidates and candidate committees, connected and non-connected PACs, SuperPACs, 527 organizations and advocacy groups on legal compliance matters in state and local elections, including presidential elections, congressional and senatorial races, governor and state offices, in Iowa and other states.

I received my J.D. from the Drake University and was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2002. I graduated in 1976 from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and in 1979 from the University of Chicago with an MBA with a concentration in finance.

Currently, I serve as the Executive Director for the Federation of Iowa Insurers (FII). I am also involved in a number of community and business organizations, being an active board member of the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Des Moines Partnership - Business Resources and Community Development Board.  I have also served in a number of roles in the community and have served or am serving on various non-profit boards. I currently serve as President of the Board of Directors for Bethany Life Communities, a non-profit long-term care community in Story City, Iowa, and previously served as President of the Board of Directors for Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance of Story County, a non-profit providing emergency food, housing, and utility assistance to our neighbors in need.

My Specialties

  • Business and Corporate
  • M&A
  • Non-profits
  • Federal, state and local election laws, campaign finance laws and candidate and campaign committees

"Advocacy Considerations" of "Nonprofit Advocacy"

08-22-2017 Clients looking to form a non-profit, tax-exempt advocacy organization often have a lot of questions about what is the best and most appropriate type of organization.  The answer depends on what the client wants to achieve and how the organization will conduct its activities.  The starting point is often with questions about what is the purpose of...
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Kim Davenport



University of Notre Dame

B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1976


University of Chicago

M.B.A., 1979


Drake University Law School

J.D., 2002


Iowa, 2002

Memberships & Associations

  • Federation of Iowa Insurers (FII), Executive Director
  • National Association of Public Pension Plan Attorneys (NAPPA), Member
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Probate,Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership 
    Board Member, Regional Business Development Board
  • Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council