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…

BrownWinick Medical Malpractice Team Secures Several Courtroom Wins

By: BrownWinick | 08.06.2021

  BrownWinick congratulates the Medical Malpractice Team of Loree Nelson and Jennifer De Kock on a series of recent courtroom wins. This Team has a proven track record of success in defending practitioners by applying specialized legal and medical expertise to each case through a provider and facility-focused strategy. Read on to learn about the Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm and Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2021 – High Net Worth Guide

By: BrownWinick | 08.02.2021

  BrownWinick has recently been ranked as a “leading law firm” in the Chambers USA® 2021 – High Net Worth Guide in the area of Private Wealth Law.  BrownWinick’s estate planning team was ranked in Band 1, which is the highest rank Chambers awards. In ranking firms, Chambers assesses technical legal ability; client service; depth Read…

NCAA Name, Image, and Likeness (“NIL”) Policy Brings Opportunities and Legal Challenges for College Athletes

By: William Daniel | 07.26.2021

  On July 1, the NCAA announced that college athletes can now benefit from their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”). This drastic shift in NCAA policy brings all sorts of previously unthinkable opportunities for college athletes; however, this new world also brings many areas of concern for athletes, particularly from a legal standpoint. Athletes who Read…

Johanson Accepted into the Heart of America Fellows Institute

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BrownWinick is thrilled to announce that attorney Kirsten Johanson has been accepted into Class II of the Heart of America Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  The institute includes six sessions for lawyers who were nominated by an ACTEC Fellow and selected through a competitive application process. The program begins Read…

Iowa Water Quality Lawsuit Dismissed by Supreme Court

By: Jordan Nickerson | 06.30.2021

  A lawsuit brought against the State of Iowa alleging that the State – and various departments and officials – has failed to sufficiently protect the public’s use of the Raccoon River was ultimately halted by a divided Iowa Supreme Court earlier this month. The lawsuit, initially brought forth by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Read…

Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies Iowa Civil Rights Act Individual Liability, Disability Discrimination, Failure to Accommodate, and Retaliation Standards

By: Nate Borland | 06.28.2021

  On Friday, June 25th, the Iowa Supreme Court filed a decision addressing several issues under the Iowa Civil Rights Act. In Rumsey v. Woodgrain Millwork, Inc., a discharged employee filed disability discrimination and retaliation claims against his former employer. The employee was injured at work in early 2015, and the employer provided the employee Read…

Iowa Supreme Court Decides Key Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Law Questions, Provides Leniency to Iowa Businesses

By: Nate Borland | 06.25.2021

  This morning, Friday, June 25, 2021, the Iowa Supreme Court filed decisions in two cases involving Iowa’s private sector drug and alcohol testing law. Under the decisions, Iowa employers will not be held liable for violating Iowa’s private sector drug and alcohol testing law so long as they “substantially comply” with the provisions of Read…

OSHA Issues Emergency Standard for Health Care

By: Nate Borland | 06.22.2021

On June 10, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) establishing heightened COVID-19 workplace safety regulations for most healthcare providers in the United States. In addition to workplace safety requirements, the ETS also reincarnates mandatory paid time off for employees, introduces expanded reporting and recordkeeping requirements, and mandates Read…

Date of First Use Anywhere

By: Jordan Meggison-Decker | 06.21.2021

  There are two dates that must be specified in every trademark/service mark application. They are, the date of first use anywhere and the date of first use in commerce. TMEP 903.03. The date of first use anywhere will always be earlier than or the same as the date of first use in commerce. Id. Read…