I get into your business. But in a good way.
When I work with clients, I focus on the business as a whole. I want to learn how the business operates and the “real life” concerns. By partnering with clients in this way, I can help sort through the tangle of legal compliance issues and practical concerns to find a solution what works. As an employment lawyer, I help business clients with all workplace issues from hiring to firing, as well as defend employers in front of administrative agencies and in court. Even though I have been a practicing attorney since 1998, I grew up in rural Iowa and that is where my respect for business owners began – from our own farm to the local machine shop.
It’s your baby. While I hope you feel that I am as invested in your business as you are, at the end of the day – you make the call. My job is to advise of the risks and options to put your business in the best position. My ego is firmly in check, which creates a safe space for clients to consider and work through all options with me. Clients know I am honest, straight-forward and genuinely looking out for them. One of my strengths is creative problem-solving. Because employment law is so complex, clients often believe that they must use a cookie-cutter approach. However, the solution can often be unique to your needs and your business by thinking outside the box.
More About Me
I have been honored by my peers and clients to be included in Chambers USA® since 2010 as a leading attorney in the area of Labor and Employment in the State of Iowa; in Best Lawyers of America® since 2010 in Labor and Employment Law for the State of Iowa; and in Super Lawyers® as a Top Rated Employment and Labor attorney in Des Moines, Iowa since 2013.
I am a member of the Polk County, Iowa State (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Sections) and American (Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations. I am also a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys and served as its President in 2006 after serving on its Board in various capacities since 2000.
In 1995, I received my B.S. degree in history from Iowa State University and my J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1998. After graduation, I clerked for Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Harris until I entered private practice in August of 1999.
- Discrimination, harassment and retaliation laws
- Family, medical and other workplace leave issues
- Workplace accommodation issues
- Wage and hour laws
- Employment policies and procedures
- Non-competes, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
- Workplace training
- Private sector employee drug testing
- Reductions in force
- Executive compensation agreements
- Workplace investigations
- Contract law
- Administrative law
- Managing multi-jurisdictional workplace issues
- Labor law