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I partner with businesses to help you, the client, solve challenges and advance your objectives.  I guide both public and private companies in navigating a variety of complex strategic, transactional and regulatory matters.  I also assist business creditors in maximizing recovery both inside and outside of bankruptcy.  I assist in developing practical strategies to achieve desired results.  I believe that my role is to make your business better.

My Approach

I get to know clients so that I can understand your perspective.  I have found that is the best way to identify both the opportunities and the problems your business faces every day and assist in finding creative solutions.  Sometimes this may mean understanding an industry inside and out.  Other times this may mean supplying expertise to assist with a complicated legal issue.  I believe that most often clients are best served by an attorney who is responsive, listens and understands your particular situation and then partners with you to develop a practical approach while managing risk. 

More About Me

I am currently a member of BrownWinick's Executive Committee. Before joining BrownWinick, I was a clerk for the Honorable Russell J. Hill for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa.  I graduated, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law and was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1992.  I am also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.  In 1989, I graduated and received a B.A. from the University of Iowa.  I am currently a member of the Polk County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, where I previously served as president of the Iowa Chapter.

My Specialties

  • Business and Corporate
  • Securities
  • Public Companies
  • Mergers and Acquisition
  • Creditor Rights

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Kelly Spong



University of Iowa

B.A., 1989


University of Iowa

J.D., with distinction, 1992



Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; Commercial and Bankruptcy Law
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    Member; Treasurer, 2002-2003; Vice President, 2004-2005; President, 2005-2006
  • Phi Delta Phi