Our Government Relations and lobbying team of attorneys have considerable prior experience in all three branches of state government, as well as service in county and city government.

Services Offered:

Lobbying Services

We represent and advocate for clients before legislative and executive branch decision makers to obtain support for (or defend against) legislative and regulatory proposals. Supported by BrownWinick’s full range of nationally-recognized legal services, we work closely with our clients to carefully draft legislation, develop grassroots programs and build coalitions on numerous matters. Both political parties are represented in our lobbying team.

Strategy Development

Clients are assisted in developing goals and effective strategies in support of their legislative and regulatory agendas. This includes arranging meetings with key elected officials and policy makers. Assistance is also provided in the development of effective and supportive public relations and media campaigns.

Legislative/Regulatory Drafting

Our team regularly drafts legislation and regulations to address our clients’ needs. BrownWinick assists clients in getting these legislative and regulatory proposals introduced before the appropriate governing body and in shepherding them through the approval process.

Tracking and Evaluation of Legislation

On site personal attention as well as the latest computer technology are both used to monitor legislative trends and developments that likely affect clients and their interests. This work includes legal analysis and reporting on legislation as it moves through the lengthy process of hearings, committee meetings, floor debate, and consideration by the executive branch.

Ethics and Election Laws

Our team regularly works with and counsels clients to ensure compliance with applicable rules, laws, and ethical considerations on lobbying, campaign finance, and corporate political activity.

Political Activities
Practical recommendations are made to clients on the administration and development of political action committees. Such work includes providing proposals for effective use of campaign contributions. Campaign contribution plans are also developed for clients without political action committees. Finally, we also assist with political campaigns and administer ballot issue campaigns.

Lobbying & Public Policy Attorneys

Attorney Mike Blaser

Michael R. Blaser
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William C. Brown
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Douglas E. Gross
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Matthew H. McKinney
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Attorney Julie Smith

Julie A. Smith
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2021 Iowa Legislative Session - Week One Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 01.17.2021

  The legislature convened for the 89th General Assembly Monday, welcoming 26 newly-elected lawmakers to the statehouse. With Republicans maintaining their majority in the Senate Read…

2020 Iowa Election Takeaways

By: Matthew McKinney | 11.06.2020

  While several close races remain following Tuesday’s elections, Republicans have expanded their Iowa House majority, maintained control of the Senate, and netted at least Read…

2020 Election Summary

By: Matthew McKinney | 10.30.2020

  With only days until the November 3rd election, the BrownWinick’s Government Relation’s Team has developed a 2020 Election summary document to provide the most Read…

2020 Legislative Session - Week 10

By: Amanda Loder | 06.05.2020

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday following an 11-week suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since they paused activity days prior to the second funnel Read…

Revenue Estimating Conference Summary - May 29, 2020

By: Matthew McKinney | 06.04.2020

  The REC (a three member panel comprised of Dave Roederer, Holly Lyons, and David Underwood) met yesterday afternoon (5/29/20) at the request of legislative Read…

COVID-19 Update: New Proclamation Restricting Northeast Iowa Activities

By: Matthew McKinney | 04.16.2020

  Today, Governor Reynolds announced additional restrictions in Northeast Iowa due to the heightened risk of COVID-19. Risk is based upon several factors, measured across Read…

Governor Reynolds Announces New Programs to Help Small Businesses

By: Matthew McKinney | 03.23.2020

  Governor Reynolds announced today, March 23, 2020, a total of $4 million available through two new programs to help Iowa Small Businesses during the Read…

2020 Legislative Session - Week 9

By: Amanda Loder | 03.13.2020

NOTE:  This post has been updated to reflect new measures taken by the governor and lawmakers to address coronavirus-related issues as of late afternoon Monday, Read…

2020 Legislative Session - Week 8

By: Amanda Loder | 03.06.2020

Lawmakers passed their first major appropriations bill this week, funding K-12 education.  Under SF 2142 school spending would increase by about $85.57 million.  The 2.3% Read…

2020 Legislative Session - Week 7

By: Amanda Loder | 02.28.2020

Since many bills failed to clear the key “first funnel” deadline, lawmakers have shifted their focus to debating active legislation on the floor and crafting Read…

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