U.S. Department of Agriculture to Invest in Renewable Energy Infrastructure

By: Haley Van Loon | 09.20.2021

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on September 9th that the Department will invest $464 million to improve the renewable energy infrastructure in 48 states and Puerto Rico. This program is designed to support rural communities, agricultural producers, and businesses. The USDA intends to prioritize a climate-smart infrastructure while building Read…

Gov. Reynolds Deputy Chief of Staff Joins BrownWinick

By: BrownWinick | 09.15.2021

  BrownWinick Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Paige Thorson as a member to the firm. Thorson compliments the firm’s established government relations, insurance, health care, and energy and natural resources practices. Prior to joining BrownWinick, Thorson served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Kim Reynolds where she oversaw the governor’s Read…

An Update on Vaccine Incentives: Can Employers Raise Health Insurance Premiums for Unvaccinated Employees? 

By: Jackson O'Brien | 09.13.2021

  Last week, BrownWinick provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, including anticipated requirements from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). It is expected that these requirements will apply only to certain larger employers, although the anticipated rule is still in its early stages. Prior to last week’s announcement Read…

Supreme Court Decides Cheerleader’s Snapchat Profanity is Protected Free Speech

By: Ingrid Johnson | 09.12.2021

The Supreme Court’s recent First Amendment decision leaves open questions for school districts regarding their ability to regulate their students’ off-campus online speech.  On June 23, 2021, the Supreme Court decided that Mahanoy Area High School could not discipline a student for her off-campus online speech criticizing her cheerleading squad. This was perhaps the most Read…

Company with 100+ Employees? Prepare for the Most Stringent Vaccine Requirements Yet.

By: Jordan Nickerson | 09.10.2021

  On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced an updated national COVID-19 strategy that includes the most sweeping vaccine requirements to date. Of note, under the strategy, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) is developing a rule that will mandate all large employers to either: (1) require their workforce to be Read…

Attorney Margaret Hibbs Selected to Greater Des Moines Leadership Institue

By: BrownWinick | 08.30.2021

  BrownWinick would like to congratulate Attorney Margaret Hibbs on being selected to the 2022 class of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program. In addition to this program, Maggie is also involved with the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations, Polk County Women Attorneys, West Des Moines Business Incubator, and the Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm Attorneys Featured in 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

By: BrownWinick | 08.20.2021

BrownWinick is excited to announce the following attorneys were selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers directory for 2021. Seven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2021 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: William Brown – Tax Michael Dee – Business Litigation Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate James Pray – Environmental Brian Read…

Vaccinations in the Workplace

By: Danielle Smid | 08.12.2021

  As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads, many employers are becoming increasingly concerned about the health and safety of their workforce and have again begun looking toward additional safety measures to combat COVID-19 in the workplace. Such measures include but are not limited to mandatory vaccinations (showing proof of their vaccination status) for employees. When Read…

Attorney Brian Rickert Named to Super Lawyers’ “Top 10 List” of Iowa Lawyers

By: BrownWinick |

  BrownWinick is thrilled to congratulate attorney Brian Rickert for being named to Super Lawyers Top 10: 2021 Iowa Super Lawyers List for Iowa.  The “Top 10 List” is a listing of the lawyers in Iowa who received the highest point totals regardless of practice specialty and is based solely on peer recognition and professional Read…

BrownWinick Welcomes Samantha Norris

By: BrownWinick | 08.09.2021

  BrownWinick is pleased to welcome Samantha Norris to the firm’s  Energy, Natural Resources, and Environmental Law Practice Group. Samantha brings more than 20 years of legal experience to BrownWinick, including having previously practiced energy law at a major Chicago law firm, serving as in-house counsel to a major electric and gas public utility, and Read…