Adam J. Freed


Office: 515-242-2402

Fax: 515-323-8502



I am a member of the BrownWinick law firm.  I serve as co-chair of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group and as a key member of the firm’s Agriculture Practice Group.  In my health law practice, I provide strategic advice to individual and institutional health care providers, such as physicians, dentists, hospitals, and nursing facilities, as well as trade associations that represent health care providers.  I strive to provide strategic advice in a clear and concise manner to help health care providers navigate the maze of complex federal and state regulations with which they must comply on a daily basis.  In my agriculture practice, I have advised some of the nation’s largest hog producers and numerous value-added-agriculture businesses.  I also advise clients from a wide variety of industries to negotiate economic development agreements with the State of Iowa and with various local government entities. 

My Approach

Growing up on a farm in Grundy County, I learned the importance of quickly identifying and implementing practical and workable solutions to problems.  That is the approach I strive to provide my clients each day at BrownWinick.  I believe it is important to spend less time talking about a problem and more time solving it.     

More About Me

Before joining BrownWinick, I served the people of Iowa for five years as a staff member of United States Senator Chuck Grassley.  My experience on the Senator’s staff provided me a unique perspective on the development and implementation of laws that impact my clients on a daily basis.  As an aide on the Senator’s personal staff, I gained experience in a wide variety of issues ranging from agriculture to energy policy.  In particular, I was integrally involved in consideration of the 2002 Farm Bill.  As a Legislative Aide and Assistant Investigator on the Senate Finance Committee staff, I coordinated the Committee’s review of Presidential nominations and participated in the adoption of landmark legislation, including the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 and the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. I was also a key member of a team that investigated abusive tax schemes and conducted oversight into the operations of various federal agencies.  I remain active in politics, regularly volunteering for Republican candidates and the local Republican Party.  

I received a J.D., with high distinction, from the University of Iowa in December 2007. I was admitted to the Iowa bar 2008.  While at the University of Iowa, I was a member of the Iowa Law Review and the Moot Court Board.  I graduated, summa cum laude, in 1999 from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science. I have been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of Health Care. 

My Specialties

  • Health Care Law
  • Agribusiness Law
  • Economic Development
  • Corporate Transactions

Blog Posts

Governor Reynolds Fills Vacancy on State Health Facilities Council

May 30, 2019 The State Health Facilities Council is a five-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate that reviews, and approves or denies, Certificate Read…

Mandatory Reporters of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Subject to New Training Requirements Effective July 1

May 24, 2019 Iowa law requires many health care professionals (and others) to report incidents of suspected abuse of children or of dependent adults.  Professionals subject to this Read…

State Health Facilities Council Update - October 24, 2018

October 25, 2018 The State Health Facilities Council (the “Council”) met on October 24, 2018, and granted a certificate of need (“CON”) to each of the following projects: Read…

Iowa's State Health Facilities Council Approves Over $6 Million of New Projects

February 23, 2018 The State Health Facilities Council (the “Council”) met on February 21, 2018, and granted a certificate of need (“CON”) to each of the following projects Read…

Iowa Certificate of Need Law Under Constitutional Attack

September 21, 2017 Iowa has become the latest battleground in a nationwide effort to challenge state “certificate of need” laws.  Since 1977, Iowa’s certificate of need (“CON”) law Read…

New Guidance on Dental Labs as Business Associates

April 7, 2017 In March 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) confirmed that a dentist does not need to sign Read…

HHS Announces $5.55 Million HIPAA Settlement - The Largest To-Date with a Single Entity

August 16, 2016 Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced its largest settlement to-date involving a single entity Read…

CMS Publishes Final Rule Regarding IMD Exclusion

May 17, 2016 Since its enactment in 1965, Medicaid has generally prohibited federal money from being used to pay for inpatient services in an institution for mental disease, Read…

Council CON Hearing - October 28-29, 2015 - UPDATE

November 4, 2015 The State Health Facilities Council held a meeting on October 28-29, 2015.  Due to the absence of one Council member, Strategic Behavioral Health elected to Read…

Proposed Changes to Chapter 203 of the CON Rules

September 1, 2015 The Iowa Department of Public Health has recently proposed changes to Chapter 203 of the Iowa Certificate of Need (“CON”) rules.  The Department’s staff has Read…

Supreme Court: Dental Boards Not Immune from Antitrust Law

March 2, 2015 A decision from the United States Supreme Court issued this week could have far-reaching consequences on state regulation of professionals, including dentists.  In North Carolina Board Read…

New Rules Related to the CON Program

February 4, 2015 On January 14, 2015, new rules went into effect related to Iowa's Certificate of Need ("CON") program.  The new rules are available in the Iowa Read…

Amendments to Iowa's Certificate of Need Rules

December 17, 2014 On December 10, 2014, the Iowa Department of Public Health (the "Department") adopted amendments to Iowa's Certificate of Need ("CON") rules.  The State Health Facilities Read…


Kim Davenport



University of Northern Iowa

B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, 1999


University of Iowa

J.D., with high distinction, 2007


Iowa, 2008

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; Health Law
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • ABI Leadership Iowa, 2009-2010
  • Iowa Law Review, 2006-2007
  • University of Iowa Moot Court Board, 2006-2007