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I am an associate attorney with BrownWinick and a member of the firm’s government relations team. I maintain a full-time presence at the Iowa Capitol throughout the legislative session advocating for businesses and interests before the General Assembly, the Governor’s Office, and state agencies. Outside of the legislative session, I focus on strategizing to best position our clients to succeed during the upcoming sessions.

My Approach

As a government relations attorney, it is my job to deliver wins for our clients. I work as a loyal extension of your organization. I am equally passionate about achieving your goals and will spare no effort pursuing favorable outcomes. Whether it requires developing winning strategies, executing multifaceted communications plans, coordinating public and media relations, vigorously lobbying state lawmakers, or influencing key decision-makers, I refuse to be outworked. Fueled by my competitive nature, I am determined to overcome barriers and secure victories for my clients.

The cornerstone to success is often the power of connection. Whether it’s forging strong relationships with clients, establishing rapport with decision-makers, or bridging the gap between problem and solution, I pride myself on my ability to make connections. Drawing upon more than fifteen years of experience in the political arena, I rely on my relationships built over time to successfully navigate the intricacies of policymaking.

More About Me

I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, earning a double major in Business Management and International Business along with a minor in Political Science. I subsequently went on to Drake University Law School where I received my Juris Doctor with a certificate in legislative practice. While at law school, I interned with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board and was responsible for drafting assistance for the board’s advisory opinions, conducting legal research on state and local compliance policies, and investigating complaints of ethical violations by campaigns and elected officials.

I live in West Des Moines with my wife Cassie, our son Grayson, and our dog Rufus. In my spare time, I can be found cheering on my alma mater (Go Cyclones!) in any sporting event, traveling, or enjoying time at the backyard grill with friends.

My Specialties

  • Lobbying & Public Policy
  • Campaign Finance
  • Ethics/Political Compliance and Reporting
  • Gaming
  • Government & Regulatory
  • Health Care
  • Administrative Law

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Michelle Battaglia



Iowa State University

B.S., Business Management and International Business; Minor, Political Science, 2008


Drake University Law School

J.D., 2021


Iowa, 2024

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association