Attorney Brandon Cole

Brandon J. Cole


Office: 515-242-2436

Fax: 515-323-8536



I am an associate attorney at BrownWinick with a focus on business and corporate law. Whether I am forming a limited liability company, helping a business raise millions of dollars, or advising on a complex transaction, I am committed to providing quality legal advice.

My Approach

I believe that all legal advice should be tailored to meet a client’s specific needs. I do this by taking the time to understand your current situation and goals.  I also strive to be responsive and keep things moving so you can reach your goals in a timely manner.

Further, if a prospective client hires me, they also get the expertise of all attorneys at BrownWinick, which is one of Iowa’s largest law firms. Using this team-based approach ultimately results in enhanced legal services.

More About Me

I received my J.D., with distinction, and M.B.A., with distinction, from the University of Iowa.  During law school, I served on the editorial board of the Journal of Corporation Law. My student note, Knowledge is Not Necessarily Power: Sandbagging in New York M&A Transactions, was published in the 42nd volume of the Journal of Corporation Law.

Prior to joining BrownWinick, I was a summer analyst at a private equity fund. I also provided consulting services for a separate private equity fund. I routinely find that my prior work experience and business related education helps me assist clients more effectively.

I am a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. I am also actively involved in the Technology Association of Iowa.

My Specialties

  • Business and corporate law (including contract law)
  • Corporate finance and securities law (including capital raising)
  • Startups (including LLC and corporate formations)
  • Agribusiness

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Checklist for Forming an Iowa LLC

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Melissa Millsap



University of Iowa

B.B.A., with distinction, Finance, 2013


University of Iowa

M.B.A., with distinction, 2017


University of Iowa

J.D., with distinction, 2017


Iowa, 2017

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Business Law Section