William C. Brown


Office: 515-242-2412

Fax: 515-323-8512

Email: william.brown@brownwinick.com


I want to be known as a lawyer who always advances the interests of his clients above my own interests.  This can mean foregoing litigation and instead settling claims in an expeditious manner – thereby avoiding the extraordinary cost and business distraction of prolonged litigation.  It also means getting to yes – as I have found that clients are generally interested in getting a good deal, but usually are far more interested in getting a deal done than in getting the last dollar.  In my 43 years of law practice, this approach has served me well and I believe has resulted in very satisfied clients.

My approach

As a business lawyer with a subspecialty in taxation, my role is to serve as a trusted business advisor and not just as an attorney advocate.  As a result, I serve on a number of different corporate boards of directors.  Even if I am not formally assigned such a role, my participation with a client is similar to that of an outside director giving an unbiased perspective on the matters at hand.  It is my role to help a client to determine both the immediate and long-term consequences of its business decisions and to help assess the risks and rewards of various strategies.  While it is important to understand the legal implications of these decisions, it is equally important to weigh the relative costs, risks and rewards of different approaches. 

More About Me

I received my B.A. with honors in psychology way back in 1974, followed by a J.D. with high distinction in 1977 – both from the University of Iowa.  As a lifelong learner, I went back to school to obtain an L.L.M. in Taxation summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2012.  I have been recognized by all of the major professional recognition publications, such as Best Lawyers, SuperLawyers and Chambers, USA.  I’ve also been deeply involved in my community, serving in leadership positions in my law firm and in various community organizations, including serving as Managing Member of BrownWinick and Chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

While I have written my share of professional journal articles, spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars and even taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa and Drake University, what really motivates me is delving into the intricacies of client issues and devising a creative and practical plan to identify and implement client objectives. 

My Specialties

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Taxation
  • Behavioral Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Corporate Finance
  • Wills, Estates, Probate

Blog Posts

Should You Invest Your I.R.A. in Friends, Family or Charitable Work?

October 10, 2017 BrownWinick tax attorney William Brown was featured in The New York Times on Friday, October 6, 2017. The article, "Should You Invest Your I.R.A. in Friends, Family or Charitable Work?" discusses Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America "Lawyers of the Year" for 2015

August 18, 2014 The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named two BrownWinick attorneys as Best Lawyers "Lawyers of the Read…

Representative Cases

Represented a client in the acquisition of a manufacturer of specialty manufacturing tools, tool holders and related accessories, and the related relocation of the purchased business to our client’s primary facilities.

Represented a leading national provider of diversified behavior health services for people with behavioral, emotional or physical challenges in the acquisition of a residential treatment facility for girls. The transaction included the purchase of real estate and the transfer of licenses and governmental contracts in the highly regulated health care market.

Represented a manufacturer of farm implements in a sale of substantially all of its assets, including inventory, receivables, equipment and real estate / VALUE: $18,250,000.

*Past results are reported to provide the reader with an indication of the type of litigation in which we practice and do not and should not be construed to create an expectation of result in any other case as all cases are dependent upon their own unique fact situation and applicable law.


Patty Tingle



University of Iowa

B.A., with honors, Psychology, 1974


University of Iowa

J.D., with high distinction, 1977


Iowa, 1977

Memberships & Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Taxation Section; Taxation Council, 1996-2002; Chair, Corporate and Partnership Taxation Committee, 1995-1996; Chair, Federal Tax Legislation Committee, 1996-1999
  • Iowa Association of Business and Industry
    Board of Directors, Chair, 2009-2010; Executive Committee; Commerce and Economic Development Committee
  • Fellow: American College of Tax Counsel
  • Lisle Corporation
    Board of Directors
  • EZ Way, Inc.
    Board of Directors
  • Napa Valley Homeowners’ Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Securities Law, Drake University Law School, 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Partnership Taxation, University of Iowa School of Law, 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Federal Income Tax Taxation, Drake University Law School, 1984
  • Order of the CoifPhi Beta KappaPhi Delta Phi
  • Member, University of Iowa Moot Court Board, 1976-1977