In-House Counsel Last Chance Ethics Seminar and Webinar

Location: WEBINAR or BrownWinick's Office, 666 Grand Avenue, Suite 2000, Des Moines, Iowa


2 Hours Iowa CLE Hours (APPROVED)
2 Hours Iowa Ethics Hours (APPROVED)

Seminar Location:
BrownWinick's Offices
666 Grand Avenue, Suite 2000
Des Moines, IA 50309


11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Learning From Others' Mistakes: Recent Ethics Opinions / Rebecca Brommel  / Click here for power point presentation

  • A review and analysis of recent ethics opinions, including issues involving impaired attorneys, and a summary of Iowa's new advertising rules.

11:30 - 12:00 noon - Common In-House Counsel Ethical Issues / Brian McCormac  / Click here for power point presentation

  • A discussion on conflict checks, obligations in overseeing the work of others, and insurance defense counsel issues.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. - The Ethics of Litigation Issues Impacting In-House Counsel / Matthew McKinney  / Click here for handout materials

  • Covering such things as dealing with subpoenas of your employee's records and the in-house counsel's role in intra-company disputes.

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. - Don't Call My Bluff - The Ethics of Negotiations / James Gilliam  / Click here for power point presentation

  • Reviewing the role of ethics when conducting negotiations.


About the Speakers:

Brian S. McCormac is a partner at BrownWinick and is actively involved in the firm's business and corporate law, litigation, intellectual property and agribusiness practice groups. Brian assists clients with a wide range of legal concerns, including litigation, business transactions, compliance, technology licensing privacy, and advertising and promotions. Brian has a diverse background, which includes practicing at an AmLaw 50 firm, serving as corporate counsel for a multinational corporation, and acting as general counsel for a water utility. While serving as in-house counsel, Brian developed and implemented an international antitrust compliance program and delivered antitrust training to key employees. Brian also speaks and writes on antitrust and sweepstakes issues and has served as the Chair of the Iowa Bar Association's Trade Regulation Section. He also has successfully handled many eminent domain matters and trademark enforcement actions.

Rebecca A. Brommel is a partner at BrownWinick and is the firm's Recruiting Partner and was formerly the Marketing Partner. Becki assists clients in the area of litigation. Becki has represented clients in state and federal court in various state administrative tribunals and in arbitrations. Becki's litigation experience includes business contract disputes (including covenants not to compete and declaratory actions), derivative actions, business dissolutions, seller-purchaser disputes, collection matters, business lease disputes and judicial review of administrative actions. In addition, Becki has assisted clients in requesting changes of administrative rules and other actions involving state administrative tribunals, including professional licensure proceedings for nurses, dentists and physicians. Becki has serviced clients in a number of industries, including health care, agriculture, manufacturing, construction and various services industries.

Becki has researched and written articles regarding document retention policies, spoliation of evidence issues, the Red Flags Rule and other litigation-related topics. Becki has also spoken at various seminars regarding the importance of document retention policies and document retention issues in litigation.

Matthew McKinney is an associate at BrownWinick and focuses his practice primarily in the areas of commercial and civil litigation.  Matthew's diverse range of business litigation experience has included an array business tort and related claims.

Matthew graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and the University of Iowa Business School's Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Thereafter, Matthew received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law, while also earning certificates of concentration in litigation, and criminal law and procedure. Throughout law school, Matthew competed on Moot Court and Mock Trial traveling teams. While competing, he presented arguments to the Seventh, Eighth, and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Matthew was also the sole recipient of the David A. Svoboda Trial Advocacy award, recognizing excellence in trial advocacy.

Prior to joining BrownWinick in 2010, Matthew worked with Tiffany & Bosco, P.A., in Phoenix, Arizona as an associate attorney. Matthew is also a former prosecutor, serving the State of Iowa as an Assistant Polk County Attorney under the direction of John P. Sarcone.

Matthew is admitted to practice in both the State of Arizona (admitted 2008) and the State of Iowa (admitted 2007). Matthew previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Vice President-Elect for the Arizona Small Business Association (2009-2010). He has also served as a Director and Treasurer for the Maricopa County Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Division (2009-2010). Matthew is currently a member of the Polk County and Iowa State (Litigation Section Council) Bar Associations, West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (West Des Moines Leadership Academy Class of 2012-2013) and the Des Moines Downtown Chamber. He currently is a member of the Governing Board (2012-2013) of the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation.