Michael A. Dee

Member

Office: 515-242-2475

Mobile: 515-971-7010

Fax: 515-323-8575

Email: michael.dee@brownwinick.com

  

I am a member at the Brown Winick Law Firm.  My primary job is to help people resolve disputes – either as counsel for our clients in lawsuits and arbitrations, or as a mediator where I work to help others involved in lawsuits settle their disputes.  As a trial lawyer, I have been involved in litigation and trial practice for more than three decades, having tried cases in state and federal courts, argued dozens of times before state and federal appellate courts, and participated in well over 100 mediations.  I am in and out of court all the time. 

As a mediator, I work with parties involved primarily in commercial, employment, personal injury, intellectual property and construction lawsuits to help them find common ground on which to settle without having to go to court. 

My Approach

As an advocate representing a client in a lawsuit, I am candid and blunt.  The worst thing a lawyer can do for his or her client is not provide all relevant information, even if the information may be bad news.  I constantly provide clients my honest assessment of a lawsuit and the numerous issues that arise during the case, and often can fall back on similar situations I have seen or experienced in my three decades of trial work.  The goal always is to work with my client to reach a mutually agreeable path forward.

As a mediator, I try to be as direct as possible with all parties and their lawyers.  The parties don’t always appreciate hearing something they consider negative about their case or their prospects if they go to trial, but I am a firm believer that no party leaves a mediation without having heard the good as well as the bad of what could happen if they do not settle.  In the many decades I have been involved in mediations as counsel for a party, I have found the most effective mediators to be those who do not mince words with the parties and their lawyers.

More About Me

I have an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, was named one of only 17 “Litigation Stars” in the State of Iowa by the prestigious Benchmark Litigation, and was selected as a 2017 IP Star in the IP Stars from Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine. I’ve been recognized in Chambers USA every year for the past approximately ten years for litigation.  I also previously attended and completed Northwestern University’s Mediation Training Program in Chicago. 

I’m a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is an invitation-only group with a limited number of members selected by other trial lawyers in the state, and was selected for Fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America, which also is an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. 

Earlier in my career, I spent approximately five years as a federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where I worked in the Criminal Division investigating and prosecuting white collar crimes, and as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia while with the Justice Department.

My Specialties:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Construction
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution  

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Assistant

Susan Broughton

515-248-6635

Undergraduate

Iowa State University

B.S., with distinction, with honors, 1984

Legal

University of Iowa

J.D., 1987

Admitted

Pennsylvania, 1988; District of Columbia, 1990; Iowa, 1995

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member; Board of Directors, 2002-2006
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Construction Law; Intellectual Property Law; Litigation; Labor and Employment Law
    Federal Practice Committee, 2004-Present, Chair, 2010-2012
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
    Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Fellowship
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    Member
  • Attorney Admission Fee Fund Advisory Committee
    Appointed by Chief District Judge John Larvey, Southern District of Iowa
  • Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee
    Committee Member appointed by the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Iowa
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
    Government Policy Council, Chair, 2010