Alice Eastman Helle

Member

Office: 515-242-2407

Fax: 515-323-8507

Email: alice.helle@brownwinick.com

 

After more than 30 years with BrownWinick, I am phasing into retirement during 2020.  Although I’m not maintaining set office hours this year, I am monitoring phone calls and email and am available as needed.  I work primarily in the areas of pensions/employee benefits and adoption/surrogacy.  Although these practice areas are quite different, I enjoy assisting clients in both – hence my slow road to retirement.

My Approach

Employee benefits law demands an understanding of complex laws and regulations, including ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.  My goals are to determine which rules apply to your situation, to make them understandable, and to help you determine the best path forward.  That approach applies whether you’re considering a new benefit plan, ensuring that an existing plan is in compliance, responding to an IRS or DOL audit, or dealing with some other issue.

Adoption and surrogacy matters are by nature highly personal and emotional for all parties.  They also require familiarity with applicable laws and court procedures, however.  I know how stressful these matters can be.  I strive to make the process clear and understandable and to support my clients through it.  I take particular joy in helping clients grow their families, and as a bonus, I get to meet a lot of babies!

More about Me

I graduated from Drake Law School in 1988 with honors. I’ve been included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of employee benefits law for more than 20 years.

I became an Iowa Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2009.  Selection is recognition of a lawyer whose career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to their community and profession. I also became a Fellow of the Iowa State Bar Foundation that year.  

I am active in community affairs. I am a member of Soroptimist International of Des Moines and have served in several capacities, including two terms as president.  Soroptimist is an international service organization focused on improving the lives of women and girls.  I have also served on the boards of the Polk County Bar Association and the Iowa State Bar Association.

My Specialties

  • Employee benefits
  • Adoption
  • Surrogacy

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

Kim Davenport

515-558-0888

Undergraduate

Iowa State University

B.S., with distinction, 1973

Legal

Drake University

J.D., with honors, 1988

Admitted

Iowa, 1988

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member; Board of Directors; Secretary, 2003-2005
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Labor & Employment Law; Family & Juvenile Law; Taxation Law; Chair, Employee Benefits Taxation Committee, 1994-1995; Board of Governors, 2007-2011
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
    Member
  • Soroptimist International of Des Moines
    Member; President, 2016; Past President, 2005-2007; Secretary, 2015
  • The National Center for Employee Ownership
    Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management (National/SHRM)
    Member
  • Order of the CoifPhi Alpha Delta
  • Drake Law Review, 1986-1987; Executive Editor, 1987-1988
  • Recipient: Cartwright Law Review Award, 1988
  • Iowa State Bar Association Senior Award, 1988