Ellen M. Hames


Office: 515-242-2423

Fax: 515-323-8523



I am an associate attorney at the BrownWinick Law Firm. My practice focuses on business transactional law, with an emphasis on M&A transactions, corporate governance, and environmental law. I enjoy the opportunity to assist clients with starting and expanding businesses – including everything from forming businesses, raising capital, acquiring new divisions, to buying and selling businesses.  I also enjoy assisting clients with more of the day-to-day business legal matters – including review and negotiation of contracts and assisting clients with understanding federal, state, or local environmental permitting regulations to ensure compliance. This allows clients to be able to focus on running their business.

My Approach

I give you practical advice and documents to guide you through any matter – whether you’re facing negotiation of a contract, forming an entity and preparing appropriate governing documents, selling or buying a business, or assisting with review of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment when purchasing property. I communicate with clients, my colleagues and industry experts to provide sound guidance so that you may make complete and informed decisions.

More About Me

I grew up in Tokyo, Japan – so while I am Midwestern at heart, I view the world with a global mindset.  I graduated in 2008 from the University of Iowa (go Hawks!) with a B.A. in International Studies emphasizing in natural resources and the environment, and a minor in Japanese. In December 2015, I received a J.D., with high honors, from Drake University Law School. While at Drake University Law School I was a member of the Drake Law Review and served as Judicial Extern for Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht.  I was admitted to the Iowa bar in April 2016, and have been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2019.

I also enjoy being involved in my local community – I currently serve as an active member of and am on the Board of the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation, and am a graduate of the Ankeny Leadership Institute Class of 2017-2018.

My Specialties

 Mergers & Acquisition Transactions


  • Federal and State Regulations
  • Clean Air Act
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Environmental compliance

Business and Corporate

  • Corporate governance
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Securities
  • Non-profit governance

Growth Capital/Start-Up

Federal Bank Regulators Issue New Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program Facility

April 10, 2020 Type of Action: Interim Final Rule Issued By: Department of Treasury Office of Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”), the Board of Governors of the Federal Read…

Interim Final Rule Issued for Paycheck Protection Program April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020   On April 3, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an Interim Final Rule regarding the Paycheck Protection Program, accessible here: (the “Rules”).  Read…

Shareholder Meetings Amidst COVID-19

March 27, 2020   UPDATE: On March 31, 2020, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation allowing physical meetings of shareholders, policyholders, members, etc. to be held by Read…

Do I Need to Buy a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Before I Buy Real Property?

November 22, 2019 Purchasing contaminated real property can potentially bring significant liability upon a buyer. Conducting a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (a “Phase I”) early in the Read…

Regulatory Trim - The Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

May 3, 2017 On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the “Executive Order”).  This Executive Order emphasizes 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…


Jill Hoover



University of Iowa

B.A., International Studies, 2008


Drake University Law School

J.D., with high honors, 2015


Iowa, 2016

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section Council Member
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; Environment, Energy and Resources; Young Lawyers Division
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Ankeny Leadership Institute Class of 2017-2018 (graduate)
  • Ankeny Economic Development Corporation  Board Member