Matthew H. McKinney

Member

Office: 515-242-2468

Fax: 515-323-8568

Email: matt.mckinney@brownwinick.com

  

I am a member at BrownWinick and Chair of the firm’s nationally-recognized Government Relations practice group.  During the legislative session, I maintain a full-time presence at the Iowa Capitol where I serve as an “on-call” point of contact for both my clients and for elected officials, whether it’s communicating via phone, text, email or in person. 

My Approach

The key to my success stems from my ability to develop and maintain strong relationships built on a foundation of trust.  I strive to always provide my clients with a straightforward, clear and realistic strategy to achieve results, but also outline the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead.

It’s an honor to have Super Lawyers® recognize me as a “Rising Star” in the area of Government Relations in consecutive years for 2017-2019. 

More About Me

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa in 2004.  Shortly thereafter, I received my J.D., cum laude, along with certificates of concentration in litigation, and criminal law and procedure from Creighton University School of Law in 2007. I was also the sole recipient of the David A. Svodoba Trial Advocacy award, recognizing excellence in trial advocacy.

I was admitted to the Iowa State Bar in 2007 and the State of Arizona in 2008.  Additionally, I am admitted to practice law in Iowa Federal District Court (northern and southern divisions) as well as in Colorado Federal District Court. 

I was elected to the West Des Moines City Council in 2019.  I am an active member of the Iowa and Polk County Bar Associations, in addition to serving as a member of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee; the United Way of Central Iowa Policy Cabinet; BRAVO of Greater Des Moines, and the Metro Advisory Council.  I am also a graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy, the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and Leadership Iowa.

My Specialties

  • Government Relations
  • Litigation / Trial Law
  • Data Security and Privacy
  • Administrative Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Health Law

Blog Posts

McKinney Elected to West Des Moines City Council

November 6, 2019 Congratulations to BrownWinick attorney Matthew McKinney for being elected to the West Des Moines City Council in yesterday’s election! He will serve in an at-large seat on the council. Read…

Sports Betting is Almost Here in Iowa - Here's What We Know

July 11, 2019 Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, William "Billy" Daniel, and BrownWinick attorney, Matt McKinney Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 617 into law on May Read…

Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance

August 21, 2018 Matt McKinney and Thomas Story were guest speakers on an international podcast - Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor Rebecca Herold. The podcast was on "Unifying Read…

The 2017 Legislative Session, By the Numbers

July 18, 2017 The 2017 session of the 87th General Assembly convened on January 9, 2017 and adjourned Sine Die, 104 days later, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 Read…

Business 'Divorce' and Discounts

August 22, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Business 'Divorce' and Discounts, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

When LLC Owners are Personally Liable

June 1, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, When LLC Owners Are Personally Liable, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Greater Transparency for Out-of-State LLCS? Not So Fast.

April 27, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Greater Transparency for Out-of-State LLCs? Not So Fast, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Challenges in Checking Potential Employees' Backgrounds

March 31, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Challenges in Checking Potential Employees' Backgrounds, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

5 Steps to Protect Your Trade Secret

February 23, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, 5 Steps to Protect Your Trade Secret, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Anonymous Ownership in an Iowa LLC

January 25, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Anonymous Ownership in an Iowa LLC, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Iowa's Open Records Law - Who, What, When, and Why?

January 15, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Iowa's Open Records Law - Who, What, When, and Why?, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Read…

Single Taxation Versus Double Taxation and the Iowa LLC

January 4, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Single Taxation Versus Double Taxation and the Iowa LLC, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs Read…

3 Key Differences Between an Iowa LLC and a Corporation

December 15, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, 3 Key Differences Between an Iowa LLC and a Corporation, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Read…

Iowa Shareholders Can Remove a Director from the Board of Directors

September 14, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Iowa Shareholders Can Remove a Director from the Board of Directors, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more Read…

BrownWinick Attorney Matt McKinney Selected as a Member of the 2015-16 Leadership Iowa Class

September 14, 2015 Congratulations to Mat McKinney, an attorney at BrownWinick, for being selected as a member of the 2015-16 Association of Business and Industry Foundation's Leadership Iowa class. The goal of Read…

Do Equal, 50/50 Shareholders Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties?

August 3, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Do Equal, 50/50 Shareholders Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties?, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs Read…

Protecting Your Trade Secret in a Court of Law

July 13, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Protecting Your Trade Secret in a Court of Law, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs Read…

The 2015 Iowa Legislative Session - By The Numbers

June 15, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, The 2015 Iowa Legislative Session - By The Numbers, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs Read…

Cleansing Emails May Muddy Legals Waters

May 5, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Cleansing Emails May Muddy Legals Waters, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Cybersecurity and Your Board of Directors

April 13, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Cybersecurity and Your Board of Directors, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Patent Troll Legislation

February 20, 2015 On Friday, February 13, 2015, Matthew McKinney, an attorney with BrownWinicks Government Relations Team, organized an extended roundtable discussion on Patent Trolls and Innovation with special guest, Read…

The Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation Considerations

February 13, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, The Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation Consideration, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

2015 Legislative Session Begins Monday

January 9, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, New Legislative Session Begins Monday, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Matt McKinney Elected to the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Board

December 16, 2014 BrownWinick attorney, Matthew McKinney, was elected to serve on the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2015. Matt is an attorney with Read…

Your Business's Year-End, Legal Checklist

December 15, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Your Business's Year-End, Legal Checklist, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog, Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Business Court Capitalizes on Experience

December 2, 2014 BrownWinick attorneys Matthew McKinney and Haley Van Loon were quoted in an article titled, "Business court capitalizes on experience," in the November 28, 2014 edition of the Business Record. Read…

Intellectual Property 101 (patents, copyrights and trademarks...Oh My!)

November 25, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Intellectual Property 101 (patents, copyrights and trademarks . . . Oh my!), featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read…

Showing Shareholders the Money in Iowa Corporations

November 5, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Showing shareholders the money in Iowa corporations, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Can I Force My Corporation to Buy My Stock?

October 21, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Can I force my Iowa corporation to buy my stock?, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Read…

Hack Attack - New Iowa Law Governing Data Security Breaches

August 29, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Hack attack - new Iowa law governing data security breaches, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Read…

Whether to Incorporate or Not

July 16, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Clearing the first legal hurdle as an Iowa entrepreneur: whether to incorporate or not, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Read…

Matt McKinney and Karen Karr Selected as Members in the 2015 Class of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

July 8, 2014 BrownWinick attorneys, Matt McKinney and Karen Karr, were selected to participate in the 2015 Community Leadership Program Class of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. During the course of Read…

The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Fiduciary Duties in Small Businesses

May 1, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Fiduciary Duties in Small Businesses, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read…

It's Tax Day and a New Iowa Law Will Govern Shareholder Access to Corporate Financial Records

April 15, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, It's Tax Day and a New Iowa Law Will Govern Shareholder Access to Corporate Financial Records, featured in the Business Read…

The Future Face of Litigation in Iowa

March 18, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, The future face of litigation in Iowa, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

A Director's Call of Duty

February 24, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, A director's call of duty, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read More IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

2014 Iowa Court of Appeals Case Addressing Personal Liability in an LLC

January 23, 2014 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, 2014 Iowa Court of Appeals case addressing personal liability in an LLC, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read Read…

Matt McKinney Appointed to the West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission

January 22, 2014 BrownWinick attorney, Matthew McKinney, was appointed to the West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission.  Matt will serve from 2014-2016. Matthew McKinney is an associate attorney with Read…

BrownWinick Attorney Matthew McKinney Named as Honoree to the 2014 Class of Forty Under 40

January 22, 2014 BrownWinick attorney, Matthew McKinney, was named to the Des Moines Business Record's 2014 Class of Forty Under 40 honorees. Forty under 40 class selection is based on achievements, Read…

Shhh ...Can Your Business Keep a Trade Secret?

December 17, 2013 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Shhh . . . Can your business keep a trade secret?, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com.  Read…

Matt McKinney Blogs on Business Record's IowaBiz Blog Site

December 3, 2013 Matt McKinney, an attorney at BrownWinick, will be contributing blog posts to the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read Matt's blog posts here.  Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com.  Read…

Matthew McKinney Named to BrownWinick's Government Relations Team

December 12, 2012 Matthew McKinney has been named to BrownWinick’s Government Relations Team just in time to start the new legislative session in 2013. Matt joined BrownWinick in December of 2010 Read…

BrownWinick Attorney Matt McKinney Selected as a Member of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy 2012-2013 Class

October 12, 2012 Matt McKinney, an attorney at BrownWinick, was selected to the West Des Moines Leadership Academy Class of 2012-2013. Community leaders from a variety of industries and Read…

Assistant

Tia Calhoun

515-242-2492

Undergraduate

University of Iowa

B.A., Political Science; Entrepreneurship Certificate, 2004

Legal

Creighton University

J.D., cum laude, 2007

Admitted

Iowa, 2007; Arizona, 2008

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association 
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; Litigation; Government Practice
    Litigation Section Council (2012-present); Committee on Ethics and Practice Guidelines (2013-present)
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber
    Member; Government Relations Committee Member
  • Professionals for Charity
    Co-Founder, Director and Secretary
  • Heritage Bend Homeowners Association, West Des Moines, Iowa
    Director and President
  • Iowa Legal Aid Foundation 
    Governing Director (2010-2012)
  • West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce 
    Member; Board of Directors (2015)
  • West Des Moines Due Diligence Committee (2017)
  • West Des Moines Leadership Academy
    Graduate (Class of 2012-2013); Alumni Marketing Committee Member
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
    Graduate (Class of 2014-2015)
  • West Des Moines Historical Society 
    Board of Directors
  • West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission
    Appointed Member (2014-2016)
  • Arizona State Bar Association 
    Member
  • Arizona Small Business Association 
    Board of Directors and Vice President-Elect, 2009-2010
  • Maricopa County Bar Association 
    Corporate Counsel Division – Director and Treasurer, 2009-2010