Alice Eastman Helle


Office: 515-242-2407

Fax: 515-323-8507



After more than 30 years with BrownWinick, I am phasing into retirement during 2020.  Although I’m not maintaining set office hours this year, I am monitoring phone calls and email and am available as needed.  I work primarily in the areas of pensions/employee benefits and adoption/surrogacy.  Although these practice areas are quite different, I enjoy assisting clients in both – hence my slow road to retirement.

My Approach

Employee benefits law demands an understanding of complex laws and regulations, including ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.  My goals are to determine which rules apply to your situation, to make them understandable, and to help you determine the best path forward.  That approach applies whether you’re considering a new benefit plan, ensuring that an existing plan is in compliance, responding to an IRS or DOL audit, or dealing with some other issue.

Adoption and surrogacy matters are by nature highly personal and emotional for all parties.  They also require familiarity with applicable laws and court procedures, however.  I know how stressful these matters can be.  I strive to make the process clear and understandable and to support my clients through it.  I take particular joy in helping clients grow their families, and as a bonus, I get to meet a lot of babies!

More about Me

I graduated from Drake Law School in 1988 with honors. I’ve been included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of employee benefits law for more than 20 years.

I became an Iowa Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2009.  Selection is recognition of a lawyer whose career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to their community and profession. I also became a Fellow of the Iowa State Bar Foundation that year.  

I am active in community affairs. I am a member of Soroptimist International of Des Moines and have served in several capacities, including two terms as president.  Soroptimist is an international service organization focused on improving the lives of women and girls.  I have also served on the boards of the Polk County Bar Association and the Iowa State Bar Association.

My Specialties

  • Employee benefits
  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy

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Iowa State University

B.S., with distinction, 1973


Drake University

J.D., with honors, 1988


Iowa, 1988

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member; Board of Directors; Secretary, 2003-2005
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Labor & Employment Law; Family & Juvenile Law; Taxation Law; Chair, Employee Benefits Taxation Committee, 1994-1995; Board of Governors, 2007-2011
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Soroptimist International of Des Moines
    Member; President, 2016; Past President, 2005-2007; Secretary, 2015
  • The National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Society for Human Resource Management (National/SHRM)
  • Order of the CoifPhi Alpha Delta
  • Drake Law Review, 1986-1987; Executive Editor, 1987-1988
  • Recipient: Cartwright Law Review Award, 1988
  • Iowa State Bar Association Senior Award, 1988