Making a big change to your business? We can help.

By: Ingrid Johnson | 04.21.2020

  COVID-19 has drastically altered market demands and in response, some companies are temporarily changing their business models to manufacture products that are desperately needed.  We have ethanol plants manufacturing hand sanitizer, clothing companies making surgical gowns, and plastic molding companies making face shields. One hurdle to making this pivot with your business is familiarizing Read…

‘Cause Breaking Up is Easy To Do – Divisions: A New Way to Spin Off an Entity?

By: Margaret Hibbs | 11.07.2019

As we all know, sometimes bigger is not better. For one reason or another, a company might decide to spin off part of its business. For an example, think of DowDuPont Inc.’s recent spin-off of its materials science business (now Dow, Inc.) and its agriculture business, (now Corteva, Inc.). Traditionally, if an entity wants to Read…

Signing a Contract? Let’s Chat First!

By: Ryan Shellady |

I had a prospective client call the other day who was hoping to get out of a purchase agreement for a new car. If you’ve bought a car before, you know how difficult that battle can be without a guaranteed return policy or a promise that you have “48 hours to change your mind.” This Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2020 “Best Law Firms” List

By: BrownWinick | 11.01.2019

BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings[i]. The tenth edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® released the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings on November 1, 2019. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a Read…

Failing to Follow OSHA Procedures Can Be Costly

By: Ryan Shellady | 10.31.2019

No matter how many training sessions or precautions an employer might take, employee accidents and injuries are bound to happen. Most employers are necessarily familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), a law that sets forth minimum safety standards employers must ensure in their workspaces. Creating an OSHA-compliant workspace is essential not only Read…

What are my Information Rights as an LLC Member?

By: Brennan Block | 10.16.2019

When a limited liability company (“LLC”) is first formed, its owners are often eager to start doing business. In the pandemonium that comes along with getting a business up and running, the owners often overlook what business records and information the owners of the LLC may rightfully access going forward (often referred to as “information Read…

Due Diligence: Its Importance in an M&A Deal

By: Alicia Nicoletto |

Buying a business can be an extremely hectic and overwhelming process. One of the most important things for a buyer to do is understand what they are purchasing. The process of investigating and fully understanding what a buyer is purchasing is called performing due diligence. Due diligence is often the most time consuming and important Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

By: BrownWinick | 08.15.2019

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, Read…

Representing Yourself or Your Business in a Small Claims Action

By: Ingrid Johnson | 08.13.2019

A small claims action can be filed if the amount demanded is $6,500 or less. You can choose to represent yourself in a small claims action or hire an attorney to help. If you would like to represent yourself, the Iowa Judicial Branch website has some good resources for explaining the process:  Essentially, this is the process for Read…

Iowa DBA Basics

By: Brandon Cole | 08.05.2019

In Iowa, any business that wishes to do business using a different name than what the business was formed under must file for a DBA (“doing business as”). A DBA is an additional legal name for a business entity. It is also referred to as a trade name or fictitious name. It is not a Read…