Christopher R. Sackett

Member

Office: 515-242-2470

Mobile: 515-249-2783

Fax: 515-323-8570

Email: christopher.sackett@brownwinick.com

  

A business client exploring a key acquisition recently introduced me at a meeting as his “long-time friend, business advisor and lawyer – in that order.” He said I knew his business as well as any member of his management team, and the M&A process far better; and if anyone could get the deal done, I could. He then informed the seller that I would be leading all discussions and negotiations. That’s how I want to be viewed and the role I want to play for all of my clients – a key member of the business and advisory team who also happens to be a capable and practical lawyer who understands the need to get the deal done.

My Approach

Some lawyers like to overcomplicate things. I don’t. You don’t hire me and my team to provide complicated memos and analysis. We’re here to provide answers and creative solutions – so that you can stay focused on running and growing your business. Often, the simplest approach, or the path of least resistance/complexity is the best one. In a nutshell – “It doesn’t have to be so hard.” And even when it is hard – it’s our job to simplify and make it easier for our clients to succeed.

I’m (1) YOUR (2) business (3) attorney – serving 3 roles and in that specific order.  That means I work with you and your company to achieve your business objectives. I list specialties below, but I truly strive to specialize in your company – because every company is different. I want to be your “General Counsel”. To do that effectively, I need to understand your business and industry, your culture and people, and your goals and challenges. Then, I need to tailor my team and legal approach to fit.

It’s all about your business, so I always try and remember one thing – the law is generally either a tool or a challenge in accomplishing your business objectives. It is never the objective itself.

More About Me

I’ve served on the BrownWinick Management Committee for 18 years, and as the firm’s Managing Partner for the last 12. I’m also on the Board of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, the Workforce Board for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s International Trade Council, the Community Advisory Board for Lincoln Savings Bank, and the Board of Managers of Iowa Corn Opportunities, LLC. I’ve served as an expert panelist for VentureNet Iowa, a strategic advisor to the Iowa Economic Development Authority on the structure and operation of angel investor tax credit programs, and was appointed to the Iowa Department of Revenue Innovation Fund Tax Credit Advisory Panel.

I’ve been recognized by Chambers USA® as a leading practitioner in Iowa in corporate/mergers and acquisitions, Best Lawyers® for business organizations, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, and Super Lawyers® for business organization, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

I graduated magna cum laude from Central College in 1989, and with distinction from the University of Iowa Law School in 1993.

My Specialties

  • Business/Transactional and Corporate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Dealer/Distributor/Franchise
  • Real Estate and Real Estate Development
  • Construction
  • Energy and Infrastructure

An Update for Our Clients

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BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List

August 21, 2020 BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 26 lawyers have been included in the 2021 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 Read…

One Step Closer to Hemp Production in Iowa

October 31, 2019 Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim final rule for nationwide legal hemp production. This is an important step toward hemp production in Iowa. Hemp production took a hiatus in the U.S. when, in the 1970s, it was classified as controlled substance. That all changed in the 2018 Farm Bill which 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 hemp seem endless. The hemp plant can be used for anything from paper to therapeutic oils to rope and have even been considered for food products. Legislation was previously passed 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: 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 selected for inclusion 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 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 William C. Brown – Corporate/M&A Michael A. Dee – Litigation: General Commercial Douglas Gross – Corporate/M&A Alice 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…

Assistant

Jill Hoover

515-242-2458

Undergraduate

Central College

B.A., magna cum laude, 1989

Legal

University of Iowa

J.D., with distinction, 1993

Admitted

Wisconsin, 1993; Iowa, 1994

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association 
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Agricultural Law; Business Law; Intellectual Property Law; Real Estate and Title Law; Trade Regulation; International Law
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; International Law; Forum on Franchising; Environment, Energy and Resources
  • Central College
    Member of National Advisory Council
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    Member
  • Iowa Corn Opportunities
    Board Member
  • Association of Business and Industry 
    Member; Board of Directors; District Director
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership 
    Member, Workforce Board
    Member, International Trade Council
  • Iowa Department of Revenue Innovation Fund Tax Credit
    Advisory Panel