Amy W. Howells


Office: 515-242-2472

Fax: 515-323-8572



As an associate attorney at BrownWinick, I have the opportunity to serve clients across practice areas and industries. In fact, the vast array of practice areas and the deep well of experienced attorneys in each of those areas are what drew me to the firm and why I signed on after clerking here during law school. Since joining the firm, I have focused primarily on health law and general business and corporate law but having worked on projects in numerous other areas has helped me to develop the ability to identify legal issues and solutions beyond my focus areas.  I’ve found it is this kind of holistic approach that best meets the needs of our clients and allows them to be successful.

My approach

I believe the details matter and that my job as an attorney is to focus on the details so my clients can enjoy big picture success. This requires gaining a deep understanding of who the client is, what their goals are, and what is most important to them. Although the legal solutions I provide may be detailed and complex, I make sure my clients have a clear understanding of what the solution is, how it benefits them, and what steps they need to take to implement the solution so that they can move forward comfortably and confidently. I pride myself on being both detail-oriented and a clear communicator.

More about me

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and moved to Des Moines in 2009. Prior to attending law school I worked in both the government and non-profit sectors for ten years, mostly focused on social services and public health. Looking for a more challenging career and the opportunity to impact change on a different level, I decided to attend law school while simultaneously pursing a graduate degree in public health.

I received my J.D., with high honors, from Drake University and my Master’s Degree in Public Health from Des Moines University, both in 2019. During law school I was a junior staff member of the Drake Law Review and a captain of the National Moot Court Team. I was also selected to be a member of the Order of the Barristers. I was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2019. I am a member of the John R. Grubb YMCA Advisory Board.

My specialties

  • Health Law
  • Business and Corporate
  • Dental
  • Hemp
  • Litigation
  • Estate Planning

Governor Reynolds Extends Emergency Proclamation

June 29, 2020   On Thursday, June 25th, Governor Reynolds extended Iowa’s Emergency Proclamation. The Proclamation enacts certain requirements, restrictions, and/or relief in the following areas due to Read…

SCOTUS Rules Gay and Transgender Employees Protected by Title VII

June 23, 2020   In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court declared that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is Read…

Updated Guidance and FAQs for Phased Easing of Restrictions for Iowa Long-Term Care Facilities Released

June 15, 2020   The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) has updated the Iowa Guidance on Phased Easing of Read…

Guidelines Issued for the Phased Easing of Restrictions for Iowa's Long-Term Care Facilities

June 10, 2020   The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) began implementing guidance from the Centers for Medicare Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues Third FAQ to Assist Dentists with Practice Re-Openings

May 18, 2020   The Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a third FAQ to address questions received in response to the “Guidelines for the Safe Transition Read…

Iowa Dental Board Issues New FAQ to Clarify Guidance for Dental Practice Re-Openings

May 11, 2020   With many dental offices reopening or preparing to reopen for elective procedures this week, the Iowa Dental Board (the Board) has issued a second Read…

Dental Services to Resume in Iowa on May 8th

May 7, 2020   On May 6th, Governor Reynolds issued a new proclamation allowing Iowa dentists to resume providing services as of 5:00 a.m. on May 8th, if Read…

CARES Act Provides Legal Protections for Volunteer Health Care Professionals Responding to COVID-19

March 30, 2020   To encourage and support nationwide volunteer efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus, Section 3215 of the CARES Act limits liability for volunteer health Read…

EPA Greenlights Ten Pesticides for Use on Hemp in Advance of the 2020 Growing Season

January 31, 2020 Last month, the EPA approved 10 pesticides—including one conventional pesticide, or synthetic chemical, and nine bio pesticides, or naturally occurring bioactive organisms—for use on the Read…

Hemp Fields of Opportunities

October 21, 2019 There’s a lot of hype around hemp these days. Hemp products, including CBD, or cannabidiol, seem to be all over the market. Indeed, uses for Read…

Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

May 28, 2020   Eight members of our Employment Practice Group have prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Beth Coonan, Ann Kendell, Megan Moritz, Danielle Smid, Amy Howells, Caitlin Klingenberg, Tess Pocock, and Ryan Shellady. The Read…

BrownWinick Welcomes New Associates

October 4, 2019 Amy earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa in 2008. She received her Master of Public Health in 2019 from Des Moines University. Also in 2019, Amy earned her J.D. with high honors and certificates in Health Law and Legislative Practice from Drake University Law School. She has a general practice including, but not Read…


Crystal Seaman



University of Iowa

B.A., Women's Studies, 2008


Des Moines University

M.P.H., 2019


Drake University

J.D., with high honors, 2019 Certificates in Health Law and Legislative Practice, Order of the Barristers


Iowa, 2019

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Society of Healthcare Attorney
  • John R. Grubb YMCA Advisory Board
  • Order of the Barristers