In-House Counsel Last Chance Ethics Seminar/Webinar - 2014

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)
2 Hours CLE Hours/Nebraska (APPROVED)
2 Hours Professional Responsibility/Nebraska (APPROVED)



11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Learning from Other’s Mistakes / By Rebecca A. Brommel

  • A review and analysis of recent ethics opinions and tips on how to avoid ethical complaints.

11:30 – 12:00 noon – Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in the Deposition Process / By Brant D. Kahler

  • This presentation will discuss corporate party witness designations, witness preparation and conduct of attorneys during depositions.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Data Security Snarls and Ethical Edicts / By Matthew H. McKinney

  • A brief overview of data security issues and the law and their interplay with Iowa’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. –    Whistleblower vs. Ethics / By Rebecca A. Brommel

  • A discussion of the collision between your legal whistleblower obligations and maintaining client confidences.

About the Speakers:

Rebecca A. Brommel is a member of BrownWinick, and has served as the firm's Chair of the Recruiting Committee and the Marketing and Business Development Committee. Becki assists clients in the area of litigation and health law. 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, health care related disputes, request for proposal challenges 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, challenges to citations at health facilities and fraud and abuse related proceedings. Becki has serviced clients in a number of industries, including health careagriculturemanufacturingconstruction 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, document retention issues in litigation and ethical issues for attorneys.

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.

Matthew H. McKinney is an associate attorney at 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.

Brant D. Kahler is an associate attorney at BrownWinick practicing primarily in the area of litigation.  Brant has represented clients in virtually all litigation contexts, including before state and federal administrative agencies, state and federal district courts, state and federal appellate courts, mediation and arbitration.  Brant is licensed to appear before district and appellate courts in the State of Iowa, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  Brant has handled cases all over the State of Iowa and the surrounding states, including Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.  Brant has also been involved with cases pending in Arizona, California and Delaware.

Brant’s commercial litigation practice spans across numerous industries and areas of the law, and generally involves contract/warranty claims and business tort claims, including negligence, tortious interference, fraud, conversion and products liability claims.  Notwithstanding, Brant’s litigation practice has focused mainly in the agribusinessconstructionemploymentintellectual property and real estate areas.

Brant’s agribusiness litigation practice has included representation of farmers and farm entities in relation to federal crop insurance and subsidy programs; representation of hog confinement facility owners in nuisance cases filed by neighboring landowners; representation of partners/shareholders/members in dissolution of complex farm partnership; representation of withdrawing members of niche pork company in valuation dispute; representation of boar stud in lawsuit revolving around allegedly defective semen; representation of commodity trading advisors in relation to churning allegations; and representation of seed company in products liability lawsuit.

In the construction industry, Brant has represented general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in litigation matters involving both public and private projects, including competitive bidding challenges, public lien claims, mechanic’s lien claims, breach of contract claims, defective construction and workmanship claims and injunction matters. 

In the employment litigation context, Brant has represented employees and employers in relation to disability claims, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, wage payment collection disputes and wrongful termination claims.

Brant’s intellectual property practice includes representation of clients in state and federal court in relation to claims of patent infringement, trademark infringement and copyright infringement, as well as claims regarding breach of license agreements and intellectual property valuation disputes.   

Brant’s real property litigation practice has centered around representing landlords in both residential and commercial forcible entry and detainer actions, representing banks and other financial institutions in mortgage foreclosure actions and prosecuting quiet title actions. In addition to the foregoing, Brant also has experience with criminal defense and family law litigation matters.

Brant is a member of the Polk County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association and American Bar Association.  Brant was first licensed to practice law in 2008. Brant graduated, cum laude, from Drake University in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Administration degree.  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.


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Topic: In-House Counsel Last Chance Ethics Seminar and Webinar
Date: Monday, December 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Central Daylight Time
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