William C. Brown

Member

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

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 to 2020 Best Lawyers List

August 15, 2019 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

July 11, 2019 Eleven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Rebecca Brommel – Business Litigation William Brown – Tax Elizabeth Coonan – Employment and Labor Michael Dee – Business Litigation Alice Helle – Employee Benefits Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate Ann Holden Kendell – Employment and Labor James Pray – Environmental Brian Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher Sackett – Mergers and Acquisitions Sheila Tipton – Energy and Resources Thirteen BrownWinick attorneys were Read…

Chambers USA Names BrownWinick Law Firm and 11 of its Attorneys “Leaders in Iowa”

April 30, 2019 BrownWinick, a Des Moines based law firm, has been recognized as a “leading law firm” in Chambers USA 2019 — America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, and Litigation: General Commercial. Additionally, 11 BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA 2019, being recognized as “leaders in Iowa” in the following areas: Corporate/M&A Labor & Employment Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

August 16, 2018 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

July 2, 2018 Twelve BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2018 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter – Employee Benefits Rebecca Brommel – Business Litigation William C. Brown – Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee – Business Litigation Alice E. Helle – Employee Benefits Thomas D. Johnson – Business/Corporate Ann Holden Kendell – Employment & Labor James L. Pray – Environmental Brian P. Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher R. Sackett – Mergers Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm and Ten Attorneys Listed in Chambers USA 2018 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

May 3, 2018 BrownWinick has been ranked as a “leading law firm” in Chambers USA 2018 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, and Litigation: General Commercial. Ten attorneys from BrownWinick were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA 2018 as “leaders in Iowa” in the following areas: Michael R. Blaser – Corporate/M&A Rebecca A. Brommel – Litigation: General Commercial William C. Brown – Corporate/M&A Michael A. Dee – Litigation: Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers List

August 15, 2017 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 26 lawyers have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

July 17, 2017 Ten BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter – Employee Benefits/ERISA William C. Brown – Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee – Business Litigation Alice E. Helle – Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell – Employment & Labor James L. Pray – Environmental Brian P. Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher R. Sackett – Mergers & Acquisitions Sheila K. Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

August 15, 2016 BrownWinick is proud to announce that 24 attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The lawyers included are: Ronni F. Begleiter (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Trusts and Estates) Marc T. Beltrame (Government Relations Practice) Michael R. Blaser (Agriculture Law; Business Organizations, including Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 13, 2016 Ten BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2016 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Ronni F. Begleiter – Employee Benefits William C. Brown – Tax Elizabeth A. Coonan – Employment & Labor Michael A. Dee – Business Litigation Alice Helle – Employee Benefits Ann Holden Kendell – Employment & Labor Brian Pingel – Intellectual Property Brian P. Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher R. Sackett – Mergers & Acquisitions Sheila K. Tipton – Energy & Resources Nine Read…

Assistant

Patty Tingle

515-248-6631

Undergraduate

University of Iowa

B.A., with honors, Psychology, 1974

Legal

University of Iowa

J.D., with high distinction, 1977

Admitted

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
    Board
  • 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