Tess L. Pocock


Office: 515-242-2409

Fax: 515-323-8509

Email: tess.pocock@brownwinick.com


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
  • Lobbying & Public Policy
  • Gaming


  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Environmental

Real Estate, Construction & Environmental

  • Environmental Matters
  • Land Use, Planning & Zoning

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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

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
  • Blackstone Inn of Court
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers