attorney tess pocock

Tess L. Pocock


Office: 515-242-2409

Fax: 515-323-8509



I am a Des Moines native and returned to Iowa to begin my legal practice because I am passionate about this community and the people who live in it. I am actively involved in Food & Agribusiness, Environmental Law, Litigation, Government Affairs and Business Transactions. As an Associate at BrownWinick, I have the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients each with distinct goals.

My Approach

Although I am new to the practice of law, I have been building skills related to my practice areas from diverse experiences in Iowa, across the country, and around the world. I am eager to serve clients as a trusted advocate by listening to their needs, framing their issues, and ultimately equipping them with creative strategies and practical solutions to move forward on a path to success.

More About Me

I graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California in 2013, receiving my B.F.A. cum laude. In 2015, after conducting research throughout Mexico, I received my M.A. from Central European University.

I returned to Iowa for my legal education, receiving my J.D. with high honors from Drake University Law School in 2019. At Drake Law, I graduated with certificates in Environmental and Sustainability Law, Food and Agricultural Law, and Legislative Practice. I am a member of the Order of the Coif.

While at Drake, I served as Managing Editor of the Drake Law Review. During my third year of law school, I competed for my second time in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, where I was awarded Best Brief Overall out of 56 law schools. In 2019, I was one of ten graduating students to receive the award of Order of the Barristers for outstanding oral advocacy. I was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2019.

Prior to joining the BrownWinick law firm as an associate, I was an extern with the Iowa Supreme Court, an intern with the Iowa Senate, and a Research Assistant for Professor Bob Rigg. I also spent time in Boston, Massachusetts, where I interned with Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic.

My Specialties

Business Transactions

  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Nonprofit Organization

Food & Agribusiness

  • Agribusiness
  • Cannabis
  • Grapes & Vines
  • Food & Beverage
  • Hospitality & Restaurants
  • Hemp

Government & Regulatory

  • Administrative Law
  • Gaming


  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Environmental

Real Estate, Construction & Environmental

  • Environmental Matters
  • Land Use, Planning & Zoning

COVID-19 Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act Awaits Governor’s Signature

June 16, 2020   Last week, the Iowa General Assembly passed Senate File 2338. The legislation includes the COVID-19 Response and Back-to-Business Limited Liability Act. The Act, which Read…

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 Becomes Law, Easing Restrictions on Loan Forgiveness

June 5, 2020   Today, President Trump signed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (“PPPFA”). The new law amends provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Read…

DSM Small Business Recovery Grant Application Opens, Accepted through May 20

May 6, 2020   In an effort to assist businesses facing hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Des Moines Partnership announced grant awards for businesses with physical Read…

PPP Portal Opens to Small Lenders Only for 8 Hours

April 29, 2020   On Wednesday, April 29, the U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration (“SBA”) announced that for eight hours, big banks will be prevented from accessing Read…

Congress Injects an Additional $310B in Funding for the Paycheck Protection Program—Eligible Borrowers Should Act Quickly

April 27, 2020   Late last week, Congress passed—and President Trump signed—a new round of small business relief funding, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhance Act, Read…

Paycheck Protection Program Recap: Eligibility, Forgiveness, and Considerations for Recipients

April 15, 2020   The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Sections 1102 and 1106 of the Read…

USDA Approves Iowa’s Hemp Plan, IDALS Releases License Application

April 1, 2020   Governor Reynolds signed the Iowa Hemp Act into law May 13, 2019. Nearly a year later, applications are now being accepted by the Iowa Read…

It’s 2020, is Hemp legal yet?

February 24, 2020 Hemp is still illegal in Iowa. And while legalization is coming, it is unclear how exactly hemp and hemp-derived products, such as certain CBD (cannabidiol) Read…

One Step Closer to Hemp Production in Iowa

October 31, 2019 Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim final rule for nationwide legal hemp production. This is an important step toward hemp 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…

One Step Closer to Hemp Production in Iowa

October 31, 2019 Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim final rule for nationwide legal hemp production. This is an important step toward hemp production in Iowa. Hemp production took a hiatus in the U.S. when, in the 1970s, it was classified as controlled substance. That all changed in the 2018 Farm Bill which Read…

Hemp Fields of Opportunities

October 21, 2019 There’s a lot of hype around hemp these days. Hemp products, including CBD, or cannabidiol, seem to be all over the market. Indeed, uses for hemp seem endless. The hemp plant can be used for anything from paper to therapeutic oils to rope and have even been considered for food products. Legislation was previously passed Read…

BrownWinick Welcomes New Associates

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…


Melissa Millsap



Chapman University

B.F.A., cum laude, Creative Producing with Minors in Philosophy and Women's Studies, 2013


Central European University

M.A., Gender Studies, 2015


Drake University Law School

J.D., with high honors, 2019 Certificates in Environmental and Sustainability Law, Food and Agricultural Law, and Legislative Practice; Order of the Coif


Iowa, 2019

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
  • Blackstone Inn of Court
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers