BrownWinick Law Firm wins the dismissal of Clean Water Act and RCRA claims filed against New Fashion Pork

By: BrownWinick | 03.27.2020

  On March 27, 2020, Northern District of Iowa Federal District Court Judge C.J. Williams granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of New Fashion Pork and BWT Holdings and against Gordon Garrison, a neighbor.  Mr. Garrison filed a federal citizen action suit in 2018 alleging that New Fashion Pork had violated the federal Read…

Courthouse Contagion: How COVID-19 is Affecting Your Cases, Hearings, and Proceedings

By: Ryan Shellady | 03.24.2020

  Over the last two weeks, the Iowa Supreme Court has issued several Supervisory Orders affecting courthouse schedules and proceedings across the state in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These Orders can be found on the Iowa Judicial Branch website. Every Monday morning (or as circumstances require), the Judicial Branch will be providing summaries of Read…

Iowa Supreme Court Confirms Employers May Use Same Decision Defense in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases

By: Michael Dee | 12.06.2019

The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued an important decision for employers in employment discrimination cases. The Court confirmed that employers are entitled to raise the “same decision” affirmative defense, which states that even if a discriminatory factor played a motivating role in a decision to terminate an employee, the employer may avoid liability by presenting Read…

BrownWinick Medical Malpractice Defense Team Wins Defense Verdict in Allamakee County

By: Benjamin Merrill | 12.05.2019

Following a jury trial in Allamakee County, BrownWinick attorneys Loree Nelson and Benjamin Merrill received a defense verdict in favor of their client in a medical malpractice case involving allegations of failure to properly diagnose, evaluate and treat. In the case, BrownWinick represented a nurse practitioner who had treated a minor child in the emergency Read…

The Admissibility of Criminal Records in a Civil Case

By: Ingrid Johnson |

What if you find out your opponent has a criminal record? Can their criminal record be used against them in a civil case? Generally, a criminal record is not relevant to a civil action for such things as breach of contract or to defend an action for wrongful termination in an employment context. However, there Read…

Attorney Fees: Does my Opponent Have to Pay if I Win?

By: Ingrid Johnson | 11.07.2019

Clients often ask if they can get the other side to pay their attorney fees.  The answer is usually no. In courts in the U.S., the general rule is that each party pays their own attorney fees regardless of who wins and who loses. However, there are exceptions. The most common exceptions are:1) a contract 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…

Loree Nelson Joins BrownWinick Law Firm

By: BrownWinick | 10.14.2019

BrownWinick is excited to announce that Loree Nelson has joined the firm as a member. Loree practices primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense and focuses on the areas of civil litigation and trial work. She has a general insurance defense practice, which includes medical malpractice, professional licensing issues, and personal injury matters She 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…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

By: BrownWinick | 07.11.2019

Eleven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: William Brown – Tax Elizabeth Coonan – Employment and Labor Michael Dee – Business Litigation Alice Helle – Employee Benefits Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate Ann Holden Kendell – Employment and Labor James Pray – Environmental Brian Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher Sackett – Mergers and Acquisitions Sheila Tipton – Energy and Resources Thirteen BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion Read…