Brant D. Kahler is a member of BrownWinick and is currently Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation practice group. Brant practices 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 agribusiness, construction, employment, intellectual 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 and Iowa State Bar Associations. He has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of Business Litigation. 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. 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.