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.
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.
- Government Relations
- Litigation / Trial Law
- Data Security and Privacy
- Administrative Law
- Business and Corporate Law
- Health Law
University of Iowa
B.A., Political Science; Entrepreneurship Certificate, 2004
Creighton University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 2007
Memberships & Associations
- West Des Moines City Council (At-Large) (2019-Present)
- BRAVO of Greater Des Moines
Board of Directors
- ICON Water Trails
- Polk County Bar Association
- 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)
Site Selection Chair
- Professionals for Charity
Co-Founder, Director and Secretary
- The United Way of Central Iowa
- 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
- 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)