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Specialties

Whether positioning you for successful litigation or preventing it in the first place, strategy drives my work. I focus on the changing landscape (and landmines) of the workplace so you can focus on running your business.

But I'm not just committed to understanding legal issues for businesses or workplaces. I'm committed to understanding your business; your workplace. Because I want to deliver more than just a solution. Let's collaborate to find the right solution for your business, your needs, your priorities, and your budget. My sincerest goal is for you to walk away from every interaction with me trusting that I have your back.

I have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in the Employment Law - Management and Labor & Employment Litigation areas and in Super Lawyers®, as a “Rising Star”, in the Employment and Labor Law area.

My Approach

Legal issues can be nuanced, complex, and stressful. But talking to your lawyer shouldn't be. Be forewarned:  I don't use words like “wherefore” when I'm drafting contracts. It's my job to understand the legal nuances and complexities so:  (1) I can communicate the issues to you without the jargon, and (2) you trust me to handle the stuff that would otherwise keep you up at night. Whether you're a multi-jurisdictional client or a small start-up, our mutual goal is your success.

I get that lawyers rarely hear from clients checking in to cheer, “Everything is going SO well right now!” That's why I want you to feel a sense of relief, not dread, when you pick up the phone and start dialing my number. I try to foster that kind of trust in every client interaction I have.

We may be digging into your wage and hour practices, developing new HR processes and controls, reviewing a sensitive EEO issue, harmonizing compliance concerns across several jurisdictions, or navigating restrictive covenant nuances. We may be knee-deep in litigation strategy, performance managing an unruly employee, sorting out difficult medical issues in the workplace. Whatever our project, I believe my role demands straightforward communication, pivoting with your changing needs and circumstances, and finding creative solutions.

More About Me

I grew up in rural Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University, with distinction, in 2004. I earned degrees in Journalism (Public Relations) and Sociology, and I received the Top Graduating Senior Award (Sociology). I went on to law school at Drake University Law School and was an Opperman Scholar. I received my law degree, with high honors, in 2007.

I'm married to the best guy I've ever met, and we have the two greatest and most adorable young children in all the universe, ever. And I promise I am abundantly more objective when giving legal advice than when describing my kids.

When I'm not doing law, you can usually find me with my family or doing cardio. And by “cardio”, I mean, trying to get my toddler to put on his pajamas.

My Specialties

  • Wage & Hour Compliance (and specialized in FLSA issues)
  • Discrimination, Harassment, & Retaliation Laws
  • Family, Medical, & Other Workplace Accommodation Issues
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Workplace Issues
  • Employment Policies & Procedures
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Contracts
  • Litigation
  • Workplace Training
  • Investigations
  • Private Sector Employee Drug Testing

Fourth Circuit Rules Gender Dysphoria is Covered by the ADA

08-23-2022 On August 16, 2022, a federal circuit court ruled that the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers gender dysphoria. The case, Williams v. Kincaid, was not an employment case – but it will most likely have significant implications in the employment context (as well as other cases involving government services and public accommodations), as the...
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EEOC Updates Guidance Addressing COVID-Related Caregiver Discrimination & Religious Accommodations

03-17-2022 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has (again) updated its “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” and issued a new technical assistance document addressing COVID-19 and Caregiver Discrimination.  As COVID-19 numbers have been decreasing, the dialogue surrounding...
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OSHA Withdraws Portion of COVID-19 Healthcare ETS

12-29-2021 On December 27, 2021, OSHA announced that because it could not finalize a permanent standard to replace its Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (the “Healthcare ETS”) within the 6-month window it had to do so, “it is withdrawing the non-recordkeeping portions of the healthcare ETS.”  OSHA says the COVID-19 log and reporting provisions remain...
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State of Iowa Ending Participation in COVID-Related Unemployment Programs Next Month

05-12-2021   Citing a strong labor market, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced yesterday that on June 12, 2021, the state will be ending its participation in federal COVID-related unemployment benefit programs.  These enhanced unemployment benefits were made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act of 2020, and...
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DOL Issues Final Rule On Retail or Service Establishment Commissioned Sales Exemption

05-28-2020   The United States Department of Labor issued a final rule to simplify application of the commissioned sales exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Under that exemption, an employee may be treated as exempt from the FLSA overtime requirement if:  (1) the employee works in a “retail or service” establishment, (2) earns a regular...
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COVID-19 As We Enter May: What Should Employers Be Thinking About?

05-4-2020   While legal considerations will vary by business priorities, practicalities, and industry, we have seen several recurring topics on employers’ minds as we begin a new month in this coronavirus pandemic. Below, I’ve outlined a quick list of topics to make sure your company is on top of: Leave requirements under Families First Coronavirus Response...
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DOL Issues Much Anticipated Guidance for FFCRA Paid Leave Requirements

04-1-2020   Today, the US Department of Labor announced its much anticipated temporary rule, providing regulations to implement the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  These temporary paid leave laws are intended to help workers forced to grapple...
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Small Business Exemption to FFCRA

03-31-2020   The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) contains a potential exemption for certain small employers who cannot afford to provide the childcare-related paid leave requirements under the FFCRA. Although we are still waiting on the official regulations to be issued by the DOL, there has been additional guidance issued by the DOL in the...
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DOL Updates Effective Date and Issues Model Notice Posters

03-25-2020 As noted in our last post, the Department of Labor announced the effective date of the new federal leave laws is April 1, and not April 2. In related news, today, the Department of Labor has issued its model notice posters for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Leave under the FFCRA.   The notice for private employers can be found here:...
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DOL Provides Additional Information About the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

03-24-2020   For anyone else trying to navigate the flurry of developments in the world of employment law, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division ("Department" or "DOL") has provided some additional information about the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As we outlined previously (see our Families First blog post), the FFCRA grants...
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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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Court Grants Motion for Summary Judgment

01-18-2021 BrownWinick attorneys Michael Dee and Megan Moritz recently succeeded on a motion asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against its clients, a small floral business, and the business’s owner. The plaintiff, a former employee, sued in state court, making claims of sexual harassment and constructive discharge in violation of the Iowa Civil...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List

08-21-2020 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 26 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the...
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Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

05-28-2020   BrownWinick's Employment Practice Group has prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Megan Moritz and Danielle Smid. The “Return to Work Playbook” (or Playbook) will be used as a tool with attorney...
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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

08-15-2019 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the...
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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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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

08-16-2018 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the...
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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 Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List

08-15-2017 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 26 lawyers have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the...
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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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Assistant

Jakkie Guerrero

515-248-6627

Undergraduate

Iowa State University

B.S., Journalism and Sociology, with distinction, 2004

Legal

Drake University Law School

J.D., with high honors, 2007

Admitted

Iowa, 2007

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association 
    Member 
  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on Labor and Employment Law; Litigation
  • American Bar Association 
    Member; Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    Member
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
    Member
  • Drake Law Review