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I am a member at the BrownWinick law firm. I provide direct, pragmatic advice and counsel to employers, helping your business - regardless of size - navigate the ever-changing landscape of local, state, and federal labor and employment laws. I can also assist your business with internal investigations touching on harassment, discrimination, or any other compliance issue. I am a trial lawyer at heart, so when employment relationships become labor or employment disputes, I will provide you and your business with a robust and relentless defense against any claim. When you work with me, whether it's in your day-to-day operations, responding to a threatened claim or government investigation, or when we're in front of an administrative body or the state or federal district or appellate courts, you will get the advice, counsel, and representation you need to make decisions and act to advance and protect your business.

My Approach

I rely on my diverse background, which includes the many years I spent as a trial lawyer with the most successful plaintiff's labor and employment litigation firms in the state, and the time I spent as an Assistant United States Attorney, investigating and litigating a variety of fraud and civil rights cases under an affirmative civil enforcement program. This background provides me with a keen eye for spotting potential claims, or a need to adjust existing practices, and the ability to provide actionable advice to move your business forward. When it comes to litigation, I know what to expect from an adversary and will use that knowledge to strengthen your defense.

More About Me

I am an Iowa native and have lived in central Iowa my entire life. Like many Iowans, I was raised to value hard work, commitment, and candor.

Before going to law school, I worked in information technology and systems administration for a high-tech venture in West Des Moines. In 2009, I graduated from Upper Iowa University with a B.S. in Public Administration with an emphasis in law enforcement. In 2013, I earned my law degree from Drake University Law School, with high honors, and completed certificates in health law and litigation and dispute resolution. After graduation, I was admitted to the Iowa bar, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and recently the U.S District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Since 2019, I have been recognized by Best Lawyers for my employment litigation practice. I am currently the chair of the Litigation Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Litigation Section's Legislative Committee, and I am a member of the Litigation Section Council and the Labor and Employment Law Section Council. I previously served as a grader for the Iowa Board of Law Examiners.

I strive to give back to my community. I am currently serving as the chair of the Clive Library Board.

My Specialties

  • Administrative Law
  • Corporate/Internal Investigations
  • Data Security & Privacy
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Health Law
  • Litigation

Sanctions Related to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

03-4-2022 On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladamir Putin recognized the independence and sovereignty of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). Russian military forces mobilized to the DPR and LPR.  The same day, February 21, 2022, President Biden issued Executive Order...
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Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandates Have Arrived. OSHA’s Nationwide Private Sector Mandate is Close Behind.

10-26-2021   Federal Contractors Targeted First On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14042, an Executive Order on “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.” EO 14042 ordered federal departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments include a clause requiring prime contractors to...
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Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies Iowa Civil Rights Act Individual Liability, Disability Discrimination, Failure to Accommodate, and Retaliation Standards

06-28-2021   On Friday, June 25th, the Iowa Supreme Court filed a decision addressing several issues under the Iowa Civil Rights Act. In Rumsey v. Woodgrain Millwork, Inc., a discharged employee filed disability discrimination and retaliation claims against his former employer. The employee was injured at work in early 2015, and the employer provided the...
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Iowa Supreme Court Decides Key Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Law Questions, Provides Leniency to Iowa Businesses

06-25-2021   This morning, Friday, June 25, 2021, the Iowa Supreme Court filed decisions in two cases involving Iowa’s private sector drug and alcohol testing law. Under the decisions, Iowa employers will not be held liable for violating Iowa’s private sector drug and alcohol testing law so long as they “substantially comply” with the provisions of the law....
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OSHA Issues Emergency Standard for Health Care

06-22-2021 On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) establishing heightened COVID-19 workplace safety regulations for most healthcare providers in the United States. In addition to workplace safety requirements, the ETS also reincarnates mandatory paid time off for employees,...
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NLRB Acting General Counsel Calls for “Vigorous Enforcement” and Expansion of Employee Protections

04-15-2021   On March 31, 2021, Peter Sung Ohr, the Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), issued a memorandum calling for the “vigorous enforcement” of employee protections under the National Labor Relations Act. The memorandum forecasts a significant shift in strategy for the NLRB’s policing of employee relations in union and...
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Four New Attorneys Join BrownWinick

05-5-2021 BrownWinick is excited to announce the addition of Nate Borland, Ross Curnow, Jeff Pierick and Caitlin Stachon to the BrownWinick Team. Nate Borland has joined the Employment law team with a primary area of expertise is in labor and employment law, including counseling, investigations, and trial practice. Nate graduated from Upper Iowa University...
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Jakkie Guerrero



Upper Iowa University

B.S., Public Administration (law enforcement emphasis), 2009


Drake University Law School

J.D., with high honors, Certificates in Health Law and Litigation and Dispute Resolution, 2013


Iowa, 2013; U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Iowa, 2013; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013; U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 2021


Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member (Former Chair, Litigation Section; Member, Litigation Section Council and Labor and Employment Law Section Council)
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Labor and Employment Law; Litigation
  • Iowa Defense Counsel Association
  • Clive Library Board
  • American Health Law Association