In-House Counsel Last Chance Ethics Seminar/Webinar - 2013

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


Seminar Location: (NO COST TO ATTEND)

BrownWinick’s Offices
666 Grand Avenue, Suite 2000
Des Moines, IA 50309

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


11:00 – 11:30 a.m. –   Addressing Internal Employee Complaints and Issues Ethically / By Rebecca A. Brommel

  • Reviewing the role of the Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct in conducting internal investigations and handling employee complaints.

11:30 – 12:00 noon – Ethical Issues Regarding Technology in the Workplace / By Haley R. Van Loon

  • A review of various technology issues impacting the workplace, including social media, investigatory techniques, employee monitoring and more, and the ethical considerations posed by these issues.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Ethics and Litigation – Fundamental, Yet Unique Issues Facing In-House and Outside Counsel / By Matthew H. McKinney

  • Addressing legal and ethical matters related to who within an organization may direct counsel as well as how routine discovery matters may nonetheless create unnecessary, yet avoidable, headaches for companies large and small.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. –     Preserving Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege and Protecting Employees from Contact by Opposing Counsel / By Brant D. Kahler

  • This presentation will discuss the preservation of the attorney-client privilege within and amongst corporate counsel and employees, and the steps that counsel can take to protect current and former corporate employees contacted by opposing counsel.


About the Speakers:

Rebecca A. Brommel is a member of BrownWinick, Chair of the firm's Recruiting Committee and was the firm's prior 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.

Becki has been active in bar association activities. For a number of years, Becki served as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division Professional Development Committee, which organized the annual Nuts and Bolts Seminar as well as the Law Over Lunch series, both of which are aimed at assisting young lawyers with various aspects of their practice. Becki has also served as Social Committee Chair for Polk County Women Attorneys. As one of the Social Committee Chairs, Becki assisted in organizing the Fifth Annual Season of Change Auction to benefit the Young Women's Resource Center. In addition, Becki is a member of the Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations. She also served as the President of Polk County Women Attorneys in 2008. Becki was a member of the Des Moines Business Record's Forty Under 40 Class of 2012.

Becki also devotes her time to the community. She is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute ("GDMLI"), and as a member of the 2006-2007 class, participated in the building of a playground in the Kids Kingdom area of the Blank Park Zoo. She currently serves on the GDMLI Board of Directors as the Governance Chair and previously served as co-chair of the 30th Anniversary and Alumni Committees. Becki is also on the Women 4 Wish Kids Steering Committee, which organizes events for women to learn about and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In addition, Becki serves as an advisor to the hall committee and was a youth group leader at Immaculate Conception Church in St. Marys, Iowa, for a number of years. Becki has also been a Career Day presenter and assisted with the middle school mock trial team at Interstate 35 Community Schools. Becki is also active in organizing a family and friends team for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Iowa's Walk Now for Autism.

Becki graduated, magna cum laude, from Drake University in 1998, obtaining her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology. She received her J.D. in 2001 from Drake Law School, graduating with highest honors. At Drake Law School, Becki was Order of the Coif and a recipient of the Dwight D. Opperman Scholarship. Becki was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2001.

Haley R. Van Loon is a member of BrownWinick and Co-Chair of the firm's litigation practice group.

Haley has represented clients in state and federal court, and in various administrative tribunals in Iowa and all over the Midwest. She represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including claims involving contracts, business disputes, collections, employment, tort claims, trust and estate disputes and real property disputes.
In addition, Haley also assists clients in regards to various agricultural liens and financing matters. Haley has serviced clients in a variety of industries, including agriculture, banking, healthcare, manufacturing and service industries. Haley is a frequent speaker to attorneys and other professionals on topics relating to agriculture, employment law and litigation.

Haley is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. Haley obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University in 2003. Haley was Phi Beta Kappa at Iowa State University. She received her J.D. in 2006 from the University of Iowa, with distinction. Haley was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2006. Haley is admitted to practice in the State of Iowa, the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Matthew H. McKinney is an associate attorney with BrownWinick and is a member of the firm's government relations and litigation practice groups. Matthew’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of government relations and complex business litigation.

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 in 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 state courts in the State of Iowa (admitted 2007) and the State of Arizona (admitted 2008). Additionally, Matthew is admitted to practice in Iowa Federal District Court (northern and southern divisions) as well as in Colorado Federal District Court. Matthew previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Vice President-Elect for the Arizona Small Business Association (2009-2010) as well 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 Bar Association, West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, West Des Moines Leadership Academy (Class of 2012-2013), and the Des Moines Downtown Chamber. Matthew has also been appointed to serve on the Litigation Section Council and the Committee on Ethics and Practice Guidelines for the Iowa State Bar Association and serves as a Director for the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation.

Brant D. Kahler is an associate attorney with BrownWinick. Brant provides legal services in the areas of litigation, employment law, construction law and bankruptcy.

Brant graduated, cum laude, from Drake University in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Administration degree. While at Drake University, Brant was a General Business / Law, Politics and Society double major. Brant was also very active in the Drake University Student Senate, serving on the Student Fees and Allocations Committee for three years and as Student Body Parliamentarian for one year. He received his J.D., with high honors, in 2008 from Drake University where he was a member of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity and involved in the C. Edwin Moore Oral Argument Competition and the International Law Society.

Brant is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. Brant was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2008.

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