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I serve BrownWinick clients in multiple capacities. Primarily, I am a commercial litigator and a data privacy attorney. To the former, I appear in courts on behalf of our business clients, advising them behind the scenes and presenting their cases to the judge in an effective light. To the latter, I guide our business clients through the new and ever-changing regulatory landscape of personal information processing, while protecting their interests in contract negotiations. Whatever role I play, I am an objective advisor to my clients and a vigorous advocate to all others.

My Approach

My experience in these dual roles of transaction and litigation informs my approach to problem-solving. I can understand your business's needs, the realities you face, and the goals you want to accomplish. Because of this, I seek practical solutions to mitigate and address the risk I know exists. Moreover, while I am rarely presented with easy questions, I try to provide easy answers, whether that is to you or the judge. Maybe you are working on closing an exciting transaction. Maybe you are suffering through stressful litigation. In either case, I am here to assist you and get your business to the next stage.

More About Me

As a committed husband and father, I dedicate the bulk of my personal time to my family. As a proud resident of the City of Des Moines, I dedicate what remains to the community. I believe in volunteerism and, in addition to weekly service at a local animal shelter, I regularly accept pro bono work through the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. As far as my background, I am, through-and-through, an Iowan, raised in the driftless area of the Northeastern counties before attending undergrad at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and law school at Drake University Law School in Des Moines. As far as hobbies, I am unabashedly a nerd and love comics, video games, miniature wargaming, and tabletop roleplaying.

With the sole exception of my family, my greatest source of pride comes from my service as a judicial law clerk to Chief Justice Mark S. Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court. My short time with the court not only honed my research and writing skills, but also shaped my perspective of the justice system. It showed me how lawyers, this storied group of professionals to which I belong, can do great things with their awesome responsibilities. I take these obligations seriously, as do all the lawyers at BrownWinick. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. I look forward to serving you.

EU Court Rejects Privacy Shield, EU/U.S. Initiates Discussion on Alternatives

08-24-2020   Privacy Shield, a program created by the U.S. Department of Commerce in conjunction with the European Union and Switzerland to help U.S. organizations conform to EU data privacy law when handling data, was invalidated in a decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union on July 16, 2020. The Court first ruled the Privacy Shield framework...
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GDPR is Here-Is Your Business Ready?

05-24-2018 When you think of Black Friday, you may cringe about stampeding customers seeking bargains the day after Thanksgiving.  However, Friday, May 25, 2018 brings an entirely different source of dread for businesses: compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).  You are not alone if your business is not ready for GDPR, as a...
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Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance

08-21-2018 Matt McKinney and Thomas Story were guest speakers on an international podcast - Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor Rebecca Herold. The podcast was on "Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance."  Organizations are struggling to meet compliance with GDPR, US regulations and laws and all the other worldwide data protection legal...
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Brooke Johnson



University of Iowa

B.A., Political Science, Minor: Theatre Arts, 2013


Drake University Law School

J.D., 2016


Iowa, 2016

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member; Board Member Volunteer Lawyers Project (Polk County Bar Association)
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Litigation; Trade Regulations
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Litigation Section
  • Drake Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Order of the Coif