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Specialties

I am a member at BrownWinick and Chair the firm’s nationally-recognized Government Relations practice group. During the legislative session, I maintain a full-time presence at the Iowa Capitol where I serve as an “on-call” point of contact for both my clients and for elected officials on matters relating to our clients’ interests. 

My Approach

Professional, prepared, and proactive, while moving at the speed of business and achieving client objectives. In short, I know your business depends upon timely and effective representation that achieves objectives. I further understand that while publicly representing your interests with elected officials while on Capitol Hill,  I am a direct extension and reflection of your business’ valuable brand (whether presenting during a committee hearing, advocating during one-on-one meetings, or coordinating a press conference). Consequently, whether your business’ objectives require an aggressive offensive agenda, a thoughtful defensive stand, or careful monitoring, I show up to achieve best-in-class results in a manner that moves your agenda forward, protects your brand, and brings value to your business.

Our team has a reputation of tackling technically complex, politically challenging, bet-the-company projects. From highly-regulated industries such as insurance and alcohol, to utilities and gaming, our background and experience provide valuable insight and perspective that informs our work and approach.

Finally, as a small business owner, former prosecutor, and someone who has been on the ballot and served in a public office, I bring a unique perspective to our team’s work and firm’s client representation. First, having served in public office where I’ve been asked to consider and vote on public policy, knocked thousands of doors, raised record campaign funds, designed and sent thousands of mailers, run social media campaigns, and managed absentee ballot work, my approach and perspective of working with elected officials on the Hill is informed and shaped through this unique experience. Second, as a business owner, I understand practical challenges that owners, management, and executive boards face in managing a business, meeting budgets, and achieving quarterly goals. Finally, as a former prosecutor and litigation attorney - having worked-up and tried countless cases - I know first-hand the importance of thoroughly preparing for the known, and unknown. These unique experiences shape and drive the work our team undertakes everyday as we advance our clients’ agendas.

More About Me

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa in 2004. Shortly thereafter, I received my J.D., cum laude, along with certificates of concentration in litigation, and criminal law and procedure from Creighton University School of Law in 2007. I was also the sole recipient of the David A. Svoboda Trial Advocacy award, recognizing excellence in trial advocacy.

I was admitted to the Iowa State Bar in 2007 and the State of Arizona in 2008. Additionally, I am admitted to practice law in Iowa Federal District Court (northern and southern divisions) as well as in Colorado Federal District Court.

It was a privilege to be elected to the West Des Moines City Council, in the at-large position, in 2019. I am an active member of the Iowa and Polk County Bar Associations, in addition to having served as a member of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee; the United Way of Central Iowa Policy Cabinet; BRAVO of Greater Des Moines, and the Metro Advisory Council ICON Water Trails. I am also a graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy, the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and Leadership Iowa. Finally, it was an honor to have Super Lawyers® recognize me as a “Rising Star” in the area of Government Relations from 2017 - 2021.

My Specialties

  • Government Relations
  • Litigation / Trial Law
  • Data Security and Privacy
  • Administrative Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Health Law

2020 Iowa Election Takeaways

11-6-2020   While several close races remain following Tuesday’s elections, Republicans have expanded their Iowa House majority, maintained control of the Senate, and netted at least one new congressional seat. BrownWinick’s Government Relations team has carefully reviewed the current election results and produced a detailed report on all 130 state and...
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2020 Election Summary

10-30-2020   With only days until the November 3rd election, the BrownWinick’s Government Relation’s Team has developed a 2020 Election summary document to provide the most up-to-date information. As a reminder, the Iowa Senate has 25 seats up for election this year and the Iowa House has all 100 seats. Currently, the Iowa Senate and House are controlled by...
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COVID-19 Update: New Proclamation Restricting Northeast Iowa Activities

04-16-2020   Today, Governor Reynolds announced additional restrictions in Northeast Iowa due to the heightened risk of COVID-19. Risk is based upon several factors, measured across 6 different geographic regions (as we’ve outlined before and depicted on the attached map), and ranked on a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being highest risk).  Today, region 6 (northeast...
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BrownWinick Law Firm Attorneys Featured in 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

08-20-2021 BrownWinick is excited to announce the following attorneys were selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers directory for 2021. Seven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: William Brown - Tax Michael Dee – Business Litigation Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate James...
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McKinney Elected to West Des Moines City Council

11-6-2019 Congratulations to BrownWinick attorney Matthew McKinney for being elected to the West Des Moines City Council in yesterday’s election! He will serve in an at-large seat on the council. BrownWinick is proud of Matthew and the hard work he devotes to both his community and his law practice. Great job, Matt!
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

07-11-2019 Eleven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: William Brown – Tax Elizabeth Coonan – Employment and Labor Michael Dee – Business Litigation Alice Helle – Employee Benefits Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate Ann Holden Kendell – Employment and Labor James Pray – Environmental Brian...
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Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance

08-21-2018 Matt McKinney and Thomas Story were guest speakers on an international podcast - Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor Rebecca Herold. The podcast was on "Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance."  Organizations are struggling to meet compliance with GDPR, US regulations and laws and all the other worldwide data protection legal...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

07-2-2018 Twelve BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter - Employee Benefits William C. Brown - Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee - Business Litigation Alice E. Helle - Employee Benefits Thomas D. Johnson - Business/Corporate Ann Holden...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

07-17-2017 Ten BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter - Employee Benefits/ERISA William C. Brown - Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee - Business Litigation Alice E. Helle - Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell - Employment & Labor James L....
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Business 'Divorce' and Discounts

08-22-2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Business 'Divorce' and Discounts, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com.
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When LLC Owners are Personally Liable

06-1-2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, When LLC Owners Are Personally Liable, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com.
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Greater Transparency for Out-of-State LLCS? Not So Fast.

04-27-2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Greater Transparency for Out-of-State LLCs? Not So Fast, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com.
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Challenges in Checking Potential Employees' Backgrounds

03-31-2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Challenges in Checking Potential Employees' Backgrounds, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com.
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Assistant

Tia Calhoun

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Undergraduate

University of Iowa

B.A., Political Science; Entrepreneurship Certificate, 2004

Legal

Creighton University School of Law

J.D., cum laude, 2007

Admitted

Iowa, 2007;

Arizona, 2008

 

Memberships & Associations

  • West Des Moines City Council (At-Large) (2019-Present)
  • BRAVO of Greater Des Moines
    Board of Directors
  • ICON Water Trails
    Co-Chair
  • Polk County Bar Association 
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; Litigation; Government Practice
    Litigation Section Council (2012-present); Committee on Ethics and Practice Guidelines (2013-present)
  • State Law Resources (SLR)
    Board of Directors (2022-2023); Site Selection Committee
  • Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC)
    Finance Committee
  • Professionals for Charity
    Co-Founder, Director and Secretary
  • The United Way of Central Iowa
    Policy Cabinet
  • Metro Advisory Council
  • Iowa Legal Aid Foundation 
    Governing Director (2010-2012)
  • West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce 
    Member; Board of Directors and Former Chair (2015-2019)
  • West Des Moines Due Diligence Committee (2017)
  • West Des Moines Leadership Academy
    Graduate (Class of 2012-2013); Alumni Marketing Committee Member
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
    Graduate (Class of 2014-2015)
  • West Des Moines Historical Society 
    Board of Directors (2015-2018)
  • West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission
    Appointed Member (2014-2016)
  • Arizona State Bar Association 
    Member (2009-Present)
  • Arizona Small Business Association 
    Board of Directors and Vice President-Elect (2009-2010)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association 
    Corporate Counsel Division Ð Director and Treasurer (2009-2010)