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…

Criminal Screening under Fair Housing

By: Katherine McKain | 09.26.2019

While having a criminal record is not a protected characteristic under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) closely regulates criminal history-based restrictions on housing if, without justification, criminal history-based restrictions burden renters of one race or national origin over another. Landlords may perform criminal background screening, but 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…

Chambers USA Names BrownWinick Law Firm and 11 of its Attorneys “Leaders in Iowa”

By: BrownWinick | 04.30.2019

BrownWinick, a Des Moines based law firm, has been recognized as a “leading law firm” in Chambers USA 2019 — America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Corporate/M&A, Labor & Employment, and Litigation: General Commercial. Additionally, 11 BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in Chambers USA 2019, being recognized as “leaders in Iowa” in the following areas: Corporate/M&A Labor & Employment Read…

Landlord Notice of Transfer

By: Kelli Orton | 10.09.2018

When selling a rental property, landlords should be careful to take appropriate steps to ensure their obligations and liabilities terminate at the time of sale. One of the most important steps in protecting a landlord selling a rental property is to give notice of the sale to the tenants. There is no statute or Iowa Read…

Attention Manufacturers: Check Your Property Tax Assessment

By: Adam Van Dike | 09.19.2018

Many businesses in Iowa qualify for a property tax exemption for machinery that is used in the process of manufacturing products.  The local county or city assessor is required to exempt manufacturing machinery from taxation.  However, the assessor often fails to properly exempt the equipment.   Therefore, it is important for manufacturers to review their property Read…

Assistance Animals and Fair Housing

By: Katherine McKain | 08.20.2018

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prevent discrimination in housing against tenants due to a disability. Even if a lease says “no pets” or restricts the breed, size or weight of pets, Landlords are required to make a “reasonable accommodation” to allow assistance animals, including those Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

By: BrownWinick | 08.16.2018

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 27 lawyers have been included in the 2019 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 over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the Read…

Horizontal Property Regime

By: Katheryn Thorson | 07.25.2018

Developing a condominium building in Iowa comes with its own set of legal requirements and common concerns a person needs to be aware. A condominium project is called a “Horizontal Property Regime” and is governed by Iowa Code chapter 499B. This chapter sets forth the applicable law governing a condominium project, and the most important Read…