Ann Holden Kendell

Member

Office: 515-242-2450

Fax: 515-323-8550

Email: ann.kendell@brownwinick.com

  

I get into your business. But in a good way.

When I work with clients, I focus on the business as a whole. I want to learn how the business operates and the “real life” concerns. By partnering with clients in this way, I can help sort through the tangle of legal compliance issues and practical concerns to find a solution that works. As an employment lawyer, I help business clients with all workplace issues from hiring to firing, as well as defend employers in front of administrative agencies and in court. Even though I have been a practicing attorney since 1998, I grew up in rural Iowa and that is where my respect for business owners began – from our own farm to the local machine shop.

My Approach

It’s your baby. While I hope you feel that I am as invested in your business as you are, at the end of the day – you make the call. My job is to advise of the risks and options to put your business in the best position. My ego is firmly in check, which creates a safe space for clients to consider and work through all options with me. Clients know I am honest, straight-forward and genuinely looking out for them. One of my strengths is creative problem-solving. Because employment law is so complex, clients often believe that they must use a cookie-cutter approach. However, the solution can often be unique to your needs and your business by thinking outside the box.

More About Me

I have been honored by my peers and clients to be included in Chambers USA® since 2010 as a leading attorney in the area of Labor and Employment in the State of Iowa; in Best Lawyers of America® since 2010 in Labor and Employment Law for the State of Iowa; and in Super Lawyers® as a Top Rated Employment and Labor attorney in Des Moines, Iowa since 2013.

I am a member of the Polk County, Iowa State (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Sections) and American (Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations. I am also a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys and served as its President in 2006 after serving on its Board in various capacities since 2000.

In 1995, I received my B.S. degree in history from Iowa State University and my J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1998. After graduation, I clerked for Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Harris until I entered private practice in August of 1999.

My Specialties

  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation laws
  • Family, medical and other workplace leave issues
  • Workplace accommodation issues
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Employment policies and procedures
  • Non-competes, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
  • Mediation
  • Workplace training
  • Litigation
  • Private sector employee drug testing
  • Reductions in force
  • Executive compensation agreements
  • Workplace investigations
  • Contract law
  • Administrative law
  • Managing multi-jurisdictional workplace issues
  • Arbitration
  • Labor law

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No Work, No Paid Leave — Answers to Questions Plaguing Employers

March 28, 2020   Employers have — finally — gotten some guidance from the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on important Read…

Employers May Apply for the Voluntary Shared Work Program

March 26, 2020   Employers may apply for the Voluntary Shared Work Program which permits employers to seek an alternative to layoffs — retaining their trained employees by Read…

"Families First Coronavirus Response Act” Becomes Law

March 19, 2020   Yesterday afternoon (March 18 at 3:32 p.m.), the Senate passed H.R. 6201 the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” with a vote count of 90 Read…

Option for Avoiding Total Layoffs During COVID-19

March 18, 2020   This is not a new program, but has new features to assist employers trying to avoid layoffs. Iowa Workforce Development describes its “Voluntary Shared Read…

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 11, 2020 As can be seen from the stockpiling of goods, many people are frightened by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. However, employers must not act out of Read…

Waterloo Bans the Box - Other Employers Need to Think Outside It

December 20, 2019 On a final vote on November 4, 2019, the Waterloo City Council narrowly passed a city ordinance intended to help people with criminal histories find Read…

Another Final Rule from the DOL Regarding the FLSA - Effective January 15, 2020

December 20, 2019 Previously, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its Final Rule on September 24, 2019, updating the earnings requirements for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Read…

Defining Harassment in a New York State of Mind

August 19, 2019 On August 12, 2019, the state of New York officially expanded its protections on unlawful harassment in the workplace. Some of the key changes include Read…

Allergic to Work?

March 24, 2017 According to the Mayo Clinic, allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance or to a food that does not cause a Read…

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 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…

BrownWinick Law Firm and Nine Attorneys Listed in Chambers USA 2016 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

June 2, 2016 BrownWinick has been ranked as a “leading law firm” in Chambers USA® 2016 – 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® 2016 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…

Assistant

Beth Hick

515-248-6627

Undergraduate

Iowa State University

B.S., History, 1995

Legal

Drake University

J.D., 1998

Admitted

Iowa, 1998

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association 
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Labor and Employment Law 
  • American Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on: Labor and Employment Law; Litigation 
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    Member
  • Central Iowa SHRM
    Member