Matthew H. McKinney

Member

Office: 515-242-2468

Fax: 515-323-8568

Email: matt.mckinney@brownwinick.com

  

I am a member at BrownWinick and Chair of the firm’s nationally-recognized Government Relations practice group.  During the legislative session, I maintain a full-time presence at the Iowa Capitol where I serve as an “on-call” point of contact for both my clients and for elected officials, whether it’s communicating via phone, text, email or in person. 

My Approach

The key to my success stems from my ability to develop and maintain strong relationships built on a foundation of trust.  I strive to always provide my clients with a straightforward, clear and realistic strategy to achieve results, but also outline the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead.

It’s an honor to have Super Lawyers® recognize me as a “Rising Star” in the area of Government Relations in consecutive years for 2017-2019. 

More About Me

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa in 2004.  Shortly thereafter, I received my J.D., cum laude, along with certificates of concentration in litigation, and criminal law and procedure from Creighton University School of Law in 2007. I was also the sole recipient of the David A. Svodoba Trial Advocacy award, recognizing excellence in trial advocacy.

I was admitted to the Iowa State Bar in 2007 and the State of Arizona in 2008.  Additionally, I am admitted to practice law in Iowa Federal District Court (northern and southern divisions) as well as in Colorado Federal District Court. 

I was elected to the West Des Moines City Council in 2019.  I am an active member of the Iowa and Polk County Bar Associations, in addition to serving as a member of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee; the United Way of Central Iowa Policy Cabinet; BRAVO of Greater Des Moines, and the Metro Advisory Council.  I am also a graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy, the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and Leadership Iowa.

My Specialties

  • Government Relations
  • Litigation / Trial Law
  • Data Security and Privacy
  • Administrative Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Health Law

Revenue Estimating Conference Summary - May 29, 2020

June 4, 2020   The REC (a three member panel comprised of Dave Roederer, Holly Lyons, and David Underwood) met yesterday afternoon (5/29/20) at the request of legislative Read…

COVID-19 Update: New Proclamation Restricting Northeast Iowa Activities

April 16, 2020   Today, Governor Reynolds announced additional restrictions in Northeast Iowa due to heightened risk of COVID-19.  Risk is based upon several factors, measured across 6 Read…

Governor Reynolds Announces New Programs to Help Small Businesses

March 23, 2020   Governor Reynolds announced today, March 23, 2020, a total of $4 million available through two new programs to help Iowa Small Businesses during the Read…

Sports Betting is Almost Here in Iowa - Here's What We Know

July 11, 2019 Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, William "Billy" Daniel, and BrownWinick attorney, Matt McKinney Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 617 into law on May Read…

The 2017 Legislative Session, By the Numbers

July 18, 2017 The 2017 session of the 87th General Assembly convened on January 9, 2017 and adjourned Sine Die, 104 days later, on Saturday, April 22, 2017 Read…

Do Equal, 50/50 Shareholders Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties?

August 3, 2015 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney's latest blog post, Do Equal, 50/50 Shareholders Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties?, featured in the Business Record's IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs Read…

Business Court Capitalizes on Experience

December 2, 2014 BrownWinick attorneys Matthew McKinney and Haley Van Loon were quoted in an article titled, "Business court capitalizes on experience," in the November 28, 2014 edition of the Business Record. Read…

McKinney Elected to West Des Moines City Council

November 6, 2019 Congratulations to BrownWinick attorney Matthew McKinney for being elected to the West Des Moines City Council in yesterday’s election! He will serve in an at-large seat on the council. BrownWinick is proud of Matthew and the hard work he devotes to both his community and his law practice. Great job, Matt! 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…

Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance

August 21, 2018 Matt McKinney and Thomas Story were guest speakers on an international podcast – Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor Rebecca Herold. The podcast was on “Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance.”  Organizations are struggling to meet compliance with GDPR, US regulations and laws and all the other worldwide data protection legal requirements. There is confusion about 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 Rebecca Brommel – Business Litigation 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 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…

Business ‘Divorce’ and Discounts

August 22, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney’s latest blog post, Business ‘Divorce’ and Discounts, featured in the Business Record’s IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

When LLC Owners are Personally Liable

June 1, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney’s latest blog post, When LLC Owners Are Personally Liable, featured in the Business Record’s IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Greater Transparency for Out-of-State LLCS? Not So Fast.

April 27, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney’s latest blog post, Greater Transparency for Out-of-State LLCs? Not So Fast, featured in the Business Record’s IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Challenges in Checking Potential Employees’ Backgrounds

March 31, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney’s latest blog post, Challenges in Checking Potential Employees’ Backgrounds, featured in the Business Record’s IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

5 Steps to Protect Your Trade Secret

February 23, 2016 Check out BrownWinick attorney Matt McKinney’s latest blog post, 5 Steps to Protect Your Trade Secret, featured in the Business Record’s IowaBiz Blog. Read more IowaBiz Blogs at www.iowabiz.com. Read…

Assistant

Tia Calhoun

515-242-2492

Undergraduate

University of Iowa

B.A., Political Science; Entrepreneurship Certificate, 2004

Legal

Creighton University

J.D., cum laude, 2007

Admitted

Iowa, 2007; Arizona, 2008

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association 
    Member
  • Iowa State Bar Association 
    Member; Sections on: Business Law; Litigation; Government Practice
    Litigation Section Council (2012-present); Committee on Ethics and Practice Guidelines (2013-present)
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber
    Member; Government Relations Committee Member
  • Professionals for Charity
    Co-Founder, Director and Secretary
  • Heritage Bend Homeowners Association, West Des Moines, Iowa
    Director and President
  • Iowa Legal Aid Foundation 
    Governing Director (2010-2012)
  • West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce 
    Member; Board of Directors (2015)
  • West Des Moines Due Diligence Committee (2017)
  • West Des Moines Leadership Academy
    Graduate (Class of 2012-2013); Alumni Marketing Committee Member
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
    Graduate (Class of 2014-2015)
  • West Des Moines Historical Society 
    Board of Directors
  • West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission
    Appointed Member (2014-2016)
  • Arizona State Bar Association 
    Member
  • Arizona Small Business Association 
    Board of Directors and Vice President-Elect, 2009-2010
  • Maricopa County Bar Association 
    Corporate Counsel Division – Director and Treasurer, 2009-2010