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Samantha C. Norris

Member

Office: 515-242-2418

Fax: 515-323-8518

Email: samantha.norris@brownwinick.com

  

I believe strongly that the best legal advice takes into account the unique nature of each client’s business and ultimate goals. Having been where my clients are, whether it’s as in-house counsel or the leader of a business unit, I put myself in their shoes and give balanced, nuanced, and practical advice. I’ve been fortunate to have had a wide range of legal and business experiences upon which I draw to give my clients advice they understand and can use.

Through serving as the General Counsel of the Iowa Utilities Board, in-house counsel for a large investor-owned utility, and as outside counsel for various types of utilities and private developers, I’ve developed deep expertise on a wide range of energy and utility matters. Specifically, I’ve worked on rate cases, generation facility siting dockets, reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, service territory modifications and disputes, customer complaints, pipeline siting, transmission line siting, tariffs, rulemakings, legislation, power purchase agreements and wholesale power agreements, compliance issues, real estate and right of way transactions, and federal and regional rate, service, and policy matters, among others.

My Approach

I view clients’ legal issues through a unique lens, having worked in-house in both legal and business roles and as General Counsel of the Iowa Utilities Board. I’m keenly aware of the various internal and external pressures faced by clients and work to provide quick, actionable advice to relieve those pressures. I love tackling the most complicated and contentious issues and relish finding a path forward to achieve my clients’ goals.

More About Me

In 2001, I received a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2001 (inactive) and the Iowa bar in 2007.  I obtained my B.A. in Economics, with distinction, from the University of Iowa in 1998.  In 2016, I received my MBA from the University of Iowa. I’m currently a member of the Iowa State and Energy Bar Associations. 

My Specialties

  • Energy Law
  • Renewable Energy Law (wind, solar, renewable natural gas)
  • Water Law
  • Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Utility Law

 

BrownWinick Welcomes Samantha Norris

August 9, 2021   BrownWinick is pleased to welcome Samantha Norris to the firm’s  Energy, Natural Resources, and Environmental Law Practice Group. Samantha brings more than 20 years of legal experience to BrownWinick, including having previously practiced energy law at a major Chicago law firm, serving as in-house counsel to a major electric and gas public utility, and Read…

Assistant

Samantha Heibel

515-248-6633

Undergraduate

University of Iowa

B.A., with honors and distinction, Economics, 1998; Certificate in the Philosophies and Ethics of Politics, Law and Economics

Graduate

University of Iowa

Master of Business Administration (PM), with distinction, 2016

Legal

Northwestern University School of Law

J.D., 2001

Admitted

Iowa, 2007; Illinois, 2001; U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Iowa, 2008; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2001

Memberships & Associations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member
  • Energy Bar Association
    Member
  • University of Iowa Tippie College of Business – Marketing Institute Advisory Board
    Member