Ryan C. Shellady


Office: 515-242-2435

Fax: 515-323-8535



I was an argumentative kid. As you can imagine, and as is often the case for many of my colleagues, when I was about eight years old every adult I knew told me I should become a lawyer. The reason I was argumentative (beyond being the only boy with four younger sisters) is that I was intensely passionate about everything. I cared so deeply about even the most inconsequential things. However, I didn’t become a lawyer because all those adults said I should. I became a lawyer because I chose to channel my intensity and passion into helping people. Here at BrownWinick, I get to do that each and every day. 

My Approach

Litigation can quickly become messy and expensive, and it’s important for any lawyer to keep your best interests in mind when helping to guide you through a dispute. Sometimes good counsel means helping you decide which battles are worth fighting, other times good counsel means strategic and aggressive filings and advocacy. My job is to evaluate your dispute and help you decide which approach will best achieve your goals in the most efficient way possible.

More About Me

Having grown up in and around the Iowa City—Kalona area, I was born and raised a Hawkeye. In 2016, I earned my B.A. with high distinction and honors, in Ethics & Public Policy from the University of Iowa, and then received my J.D., with distinction, from the University of Iowa in 2019—on my birthday no less.

During law school, I earned the Bergstrom Fellowship at the University of Michigan Child Advocacy Law Clinic. I spent a summer in Chicago working for the Family Defense Center to help families work their way through the Child Welfare system. I also volunteered with Kids First, an Iowa-based organization that counsels and represents kids whose parents are getting divorced.

I also received the Donald P. Lay Faculty Recognition Award for distinctive contributions to the law school community, and I won best advocate in our school’s Moot Court competition.

My Specialties:

  • Litigation & Trial
  • Family Law
  • Employment & Labor
  • Construction

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COVID-19 Update: Polk County District Court Matters

March 27, 2020   On March 26, 2020, Chief Judge Huppert issued a new Administrative Order  for the Polk County Courthouse Campus. Below is a brief summary of Read…

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November 7, 2019 I had a prospective client call the other day who was hoping to get out of a purchase agreement for a new car. If you’ve Read…

Failing to Follow OSHA Procedures Can Be Costly

October 31, 2019 No matter how many training sessions or precautions an employer might take, employee accidents and injuries are bound to happen. Most employers are necessarily familiar Read…

Control Your Content on Social Media

October 24, 2019 It’s that time of year again: the copy/paste posts are making their way around Facebook and Instagram declaring ownership of photos and information and forbidding Read…

Returning Employees to the Workplace? We’ve Got You Covered.

May 28, 2020   Eight members of our Employment Practice Group have prepared a “Return to Work Playbook” to assist employers in returning employees to the workplace during this unusual and unprecedented time. The people contributing to this effort include Beth Coonan, Megan Moritz, Danielle Smid, Caitlin Klingenberg, Tess Pocock, and Ryan Shellady. The “Return to Work Playbook” Read…

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October 4, 2019 Amy earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa in 2008. She received her Master of Public Health in 2019 from Des Moines University. Also in 2019, Amy earned her J.D. with high honors and certificates in Health Law and Legislative Practice from Drake University Law School. She has a general practice including, but not Read…


Angie Walker-Springer



University of Iowa

B.A., with high distinction and honors, Ethics and Public Policy, 2016


University of Iowa

J.D., with distinction, 2019


Iowa, 2019

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa