Attorney Thomas Story

Thomas D. Story


Office: 515-242-2491

Fax: 515-323-8591



I am a commercial litigator. That means I’m a lawyer, but I’m also a specialized writer and adviser. When I write, I do it with a unique audience, means, and goal in mind. Specifically, I write to the court, with the law, and for you, the client. When I give advice, I am objective. I look for risks and I give my clients honest answers.  (The commercial part means I normally represent businesses, but don’t worry, I think that natural people are people too.) 

My Approach

I like practical solutions and I hate theoretical problems. The clients I serve don’t present me with easy, this-is-right-and-this-is-wrong legal issues. When I meet with you, I listen closely, I’m interested in the whole story, and I try to understand what really happened. I empathize. I consider motivations, perceptions. Only when we truly, closely know the matter can we effectively resolve it. Sometimes resolution means a lawsuit. Sometimes it means pointed communications. Sometimes it just means sitting down and hashing it out. I don’t care if yours is a 1-hour matter or a 1,000-hour matter; when I’m working on it, it’s the most important matter.

More About Me

I’m from a small Iowa town. I know what it means to work hard and build something, which is why I have so much respect for the business owners we commonly serve at BrownWinick. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science (minor in Theatre Arts—we can dream, can’t we?), after which I went to Drake University Law School and graduated with my J.D., highest honors. I then clerked for Chief Justice Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court, where I honed my research and writing skills and developed a deep appreciation for justice.

I’m proud of how far I’ve come in my life, so I take time to give back. I volunteer regularly at a local animal shelter and I am on the Board of Directors for the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, serving clients with legal needs on a pro bono basis. I am also involved in the legal community as a member of the Polk County, State of Iowa, and American Bar Associations.

EU Court Rejects Privacy Shield, EU/U.S. Initiates Discussion on Alternatives

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GDPR is Here-Is Your Business Ready?

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Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance

August 21, 2018 Matt McKinney and Thomas Story were guest speakers on an international podcast – Data Security and Privacy with the Privacy Professor Rebecca Herold. The podcast was on “Unifying GDPR With US Laws Compliance.”  Organizations are struggling to meet compliance with GDPR, US regulations and laws and all the other worldwide data protection legal requirements. There is confusion about Read…


Brooke Johnson



University of Iowa

B.A., Political Science, 2013, Minor: Theatre Arts


Drake University Law School

J.D., 2016


Iowa, 2016

Memberships & Associations

  • Polk County Bar Association
    Member; Board Member – Volunteer Lawyers Project (Polk County Bar Association)
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    Member; Sections on: Litigation; Trade Regulations
  • American Bar Association
    Member; Litigation Section
  • Drake Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Order of the Coif