Brian is a member of the firm and is currently the Chair of the firm's Recruiting Committee. Brian is actively involved in the firm's Business and Corporate Law, Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Agribusiness practice groups. Brian assists clients with a wide range of legal concerns, including litigation, business transactions, compliance, and advertising and promotions.
Brian has a diverse background, which includes practicing at an AmLaw 50 firm, serving as a corporate counsel for a multinational corporation, and acting as the general counsel for a water utility. Clients benefit from Brian's ability to combine the attention to detail gained through working at a large law firm with the efficiency and practicality required of in-house attorneys.
Brian's practice focuses on business and commercial transactions and advertising and promotions. Brian played a key role in the acquisition of several companies including a major international transaction. He also frequently drafts and reviews supply, distribution, non-disclosure, and technology and software license agreements.
Brian has been involved in significant antitrust litigation, including consumer class actions, and counsels clients on antitrust issues. While serving as in-house counsel, Brian developed and implemented an international antitrust compliance program and delivered antitrust training to key employees. Brian obtained merger clearances in several African nations in connection with a large international acquisition. Brian also speaks and writes on antitrust issues and has served as the Chair of the Iowa Bar Association's Trade Regulation Section.
Brian works with clients in various industries to structure lawful sweepstakes and promotions and reviews advertising material for compliance and claims substantiation. Brian also assists clients with data privacy, social media and e-commerce issues.
Brian has extensive commercial litigation experience, including defending clients in consumer fraud and products liability class actions. He also has successfully handled many eminent domain matters and trademark enforcement actions.
Brian received his B.A., cum laude, from Coe College in 1997 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa in 2000. After law school, Brian practiced in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, until returning to Iowa in 2004. Brian is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.