BrownWinick Law Firm Ranked in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2017 "Best Law Firms" List

BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings. The seventh edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers released the 2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings on November 1, 2016. 

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellent with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 10,000 attorneys provided more than 800,000 law firm assessments, and over 10,000 clients provided more than 90,000 evaluations.

The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity.

Metropolitan Rankings

Tier 1 – Des Moines:

  • Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Communications Law
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Energy Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2 - Des Moines:

  • Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Litigation – Patent
  • Litigation – Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Tax Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers

Tier 3 - Des Moines:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Real Estate Law

The complete 2017 "Best Law Firms" rankings are posted online at

Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 (Des Moines Listings):

  • 2017 – James L. Pray was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 Des Moines Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • 2017 – Sheila K. Tipton was named Best Lawyers' 2017 Des Moines Administrative/Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Twenty-four BrownWinick attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 listing.  

The complete 2017 Best Lawyers rankings are posted online at