Quick Ways to Help Protect Your Construction Project Against Delays and Damages due to the Coronavirus

By: Brian Rickert | 03.19.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is dominating the news right now. Its true impact is yet to be determined. In the construction industry, we know how things that are out of our control can impact a project’s cost or schedule. These include a government shutdown, reduction in supply of workers or available supplies, delayed delivery of supplies, or many other items. With Read…

Recent Iowa Supreme Court Case Changes Rules Regarding Mechanic’s Liens on Leased Properties

By: Brian Rickert | 06.28.2019

Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Mackensie Graham, and BrownWinick attorney, Brian Rickert The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling for the construction industry.  In Winger Contracting Co. v. Cargill, Inc., the Iowa Supreme Court held that a contractor in Iowa cannot file a mechanic’s lien against an owner/landlord/lessor’s property when the contract Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm and Nine Attorneys Listed in Chambers USA 2017 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

By: Brian Rickert | 05.31.2017

BrownWinick has been ranked as a “leading law firm” in Chambers USA® 2017 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, and Litigation: General Commercial. Nine attorneys from BrownWinick were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA® 2017 as “leaders in Iowa” in the following areas: Doug E. Gross – Corporate/M&A William C. Brown – Corporate/M&A Christopher R. Sackett – Corporate/M&A Michael R. Read…

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases New Contract Documents

By: Brian Rickert | 05.08.2017

If you were not aware, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) updates its family of contract documents every ten years.  This is why you may hear AIA’s documents referred to as the 1997 set or its 2007 set of documents.  Consistent with its past practice, in April 2017, AIA released its new core contracts, which includes Read…

Factors in Choosing Between Arbitration and Litigation

By: Brian Rickert | 04.25.2017

In drafting contracts, one provision that must be considered for inclusion is the way disputes are resolved.  Some parties, especially those in the construction or financial industries, have a preference for using arbitration to resolve disputes, while others prefer the traditional route of resolving disputes in a courtroom.  There are potential advantages and disadvantages for Read…

Iowa Court Clarifies Notice Requirements for Mechanic’s Liens

By: Brian Rickert | 09.29.2016

On August 31, 2016, the Iowa Court of Appeals announced its recent ruling in Standard Water Control Systems, Inc. v. Michael D. Jones and Cori Jones. This decision involved the Iowa Court of Appeals’ interpretation of the Iowa Code section involving Mechanic’s Liens, Chapter 572. While the Court’s decision contained several holdings, its findings regarding the language contained Read…

Recent Changes to Sales and Use Taxes – What is the New Rule and Its Impact?

By: Brian Rickert | 06.10.2016

During the last legislative session, the Iowa Legislature passed and Governor Branstad signed House File 2433 into law.  HF 2433 addressed a number of tax-related issues, including certain rules regarding sales tax exemptions for manufacturers.  One of these changes may impact how contractors collect and pay sales tax on large manufacturing facility projects and consumables Read…

Choosing Your Own Defense Counsel, And Why You Should Consider Adding A Choice Of Counsel Endorsement To Your CGL Policy

By: Brian Rickert | 06.08.2016

Litigation is costly and time consuming. Preparing for this risk, you purchase an insurance policy thinking that you can work together with your insurer to help protect your business from any claims.  However, when insurance steps in to defend a claim filed against you, your insurer dictates many of the steps taken in that lawsuit and Read…

New Construction Contract Rules Take Effect January 1, 2014

By: Brian Rickert | 12.02.2013

During the 2013 legislative session, Iowa House File 211 was passed and signed into law changing the way certain provisions in Iowa construction contracts will be governed.  Starting on January 1, 2014, all provisions in an Iowa construction contract that require application of another state’s laws (one other than Iowa) will be held void and Read…