Do You Need to File a Gift Tax Return?

The holidays are upon us and even though the holidays may mean more than packages, boxes, and bags, gifting during the holidays can put a twinkle in your eye and thaw your heart as the world slowly freezes over for the winter.     But have your dreams of sugar plum fairies been interrupted by the unwelcome thought of gift taxes?  No need to bah... Read More

BrownWinick Hosts Second Wills for Veterans Event

In honor of Veterans Day,  BrownWinick held its second “Wills for Veterans” event to benefit Iowa veterans. Several attorneys and staff partnered on this event to provide complimentary basic wills and powers of attorney documents for 30 Iowa veterans and their spouses.   “These Veterans and their spouses have served our country with honor. Finding... Read More

Government Relations Update - Iowa General Election Summary - 11-9-22

Iowa Republicans enjoyed a strong election night as they swept the federal races and nearly swept the statewide contests.  U.S. Senator Charles Grassley was re-elected to his eighth term and all four GOP congressional candidates prevailed.  Additionally, Governor Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg handedly defeated Deidre DeJear and Eric Van... Read More

Government Relations Update - 2022 General Election - 11-02-22

As the 2022 general election is less than one week away, candidates across the state are making their final push for support. At the federal level, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R) is running for his eighth term in the U.S. Senate. He is being challenged by retired Navy Admiral Mike Franken (D). A recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll... Read More

NLRB Proposes Expanded Definition of Joint Employer Status

In an attempt to tackle uncertainty and litigation in a progressively complex world of employment relationships, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently proposed a new rule for determining joint-employer status. On September 6, 2022 the NLRB released a notice proposing to rescind and replace the “Joint Employer Status Under the National... Read More

New FinCEN BOI Reporting Rule Requires Ownership and Control Disclosures that Previously Allowed for Complete Anonymity in Entity Formation

On September 30, 2022, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule (the “Rule”) implementing the beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting provisions of the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The purpose of the rule is to assist FinCEN and other agencies in protecting national security and enhancing... Read More

Let Me Emphasize the IP in IPA: Intellectual Property & Craft Brewing

There has never been a better time than now for craft brewers to protect their intellectual property. The craft brewing industry is bigger than ever and growing every single day. In 2021, the craft beer retail market was 13% of the entire retail market for beer, cracking $26 billion in total sales. This represented an 8% growth over 2020. In 2021,... Read More

BrownWinick Hosts Scale DSM Minority Business Accelerator Program

  BrownWinick recently partnered with the Greater Des Moines Partnership to host a half-day seminar for individuals participating in the Partnership’s new Scale DSM Minority Business Accelerator. This event included presentations from BrownWinick attorneys Dani Smid on Navigating Employment Law Issues During an Economic Downturn, Nate Borland on... Read More