Joe Leo is a partner with BrownWinick and has served on the firm's Management Committee. Joe practices mainly in the areas of securities law and corporate transactions

Joe strives to provide his clients with practical and timely legal advice which never loses sight of the business goals and objectives of his clients. Joe represents four publicly reporting companies in the Midwest. Joe provides legal advice to several private equity funds operating in Iowa regarding securities compliance matters. Joe is also an adjunct professor of Securities Law at Drake University Law School. 

In addition to his securities compliance practice, Joe represents businesses in various aspects of their operations, including organization and planning, restructuring, equity and debt offerings and compliance, and corporate governance matters.  Joe is heavily involved in the business startup community in Iowa and is a frequent speaker on various legal issues that startup and high growth companies face. Joe enjoys bringing his practical approach to legal representation for early stage companies that must be strategic in how they allocate resources. 

In addition to his legal practice, Joe participates in Plains Angels, an angel capital group operating in central Iowa and is involved as a mentor in the Global Insurance Accelerator located in Des Moines, Iowa. Joe is also involved with the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator located in Des Moines, Iowa.

Prior to attending law school, Joe worked in business development for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Joe feels that this experience in business development helps to keep him focused on the business goals of his clients. 

Joe graduated in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Economics. In 2006, Joe graduated with high honors from Drake University. Joe served on the Drake Law Review as a Notes Editor and is a member of the Order of the Coif. He is also a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. Joe was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2006.

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Mallory Metzger


University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Economics, 2000

Drake University
J.D., with high honors, 2006


Iowa, 2006