Davis Brown Law Firm

215 10th Street Ste. 1300
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3993, United States

Contact: Amanda Olerich

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Government Relations Report: First Funnel Week Edition

This week marked the first major procedural deadline of the session, commonly referred to as the “funnel.” By March 8, House bills must have been voted out of a House committee and Senate bills must have been voted out of Senate…more

Gun Laws, Proposed Legislation, Red Light Cameras, Stand Your Ground Laws, State Budgets

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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: L-1 Visa Inspections Have Begun

The Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit of USCIS has begun inspecting L-1 visa holders as planned. FDNS has inspected (and likely is continuing to inspect) H-1B holders for several years. L-1s are the latest…more

FDNS, Immigrants, L-1, USCIS, Visas

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Failure to Provide COBRA Notice May Not Result in Penalties

Occasionally employers who act as the plan sponsor of a group health plan discover that they have neglected to send a “COBRA notice” to an employee who has been terminated. Recent Federal Court decisions within the Eighth…more

COBRA, Healthcare, Penalties

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Securities Implications Involved In Raising Money for Your Business

Securities regulation in the United States followed several centuries of regulation in England. Brokers were licensed in England as early as 1285. All such regulation was aimed at the curtailment of dubious money-raising…more

Funding, Private Offerings, Securities Act of 1933, Small Business, Startups

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Employment Law Blog: Complying with the ADAAA

The Amended Americans with Disabilities Act has greatly expanded the definition of “disability.” Under the ADAAA and its regulations, disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or…more

ADAAA, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Reasonable Accommodation

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Health Law Blog: Court Strikes Down Tax Credit Provision for Low Income Americans Participating Through Federal and Federal/State Partnership Exchanges

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled the IRS’ interpretation of a key ACA provision is invalid. Specifically, the court found that the IRS did not have the authority to interpret the…more

Affordable Care Act, Appeals, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare

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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New CBP Joint Declaration Forms

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol issued a new customs declaration form allowing filing joint family declarations. The recent regulation change expanded the definition of family members of arriving U.S. travelers to include…more

Customs, Customs and Border Protection, Immigrants

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Google's Nest Acquisition Has Much To Do With Patents

The news of Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? …more

Acquisitions, Google, Patents, Startups

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Tax Law Blog: Fiscal Cliff Deal Adjusts Capital Gain Rates and Qualified Dividend Rates

In order to avoid the dreaded fiscal cliff, Congress passed an eleventh hour “fix” titled, “The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (“TATRA”). Bill Watterson’s character Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbs, once stated, “A good…more

American Taxpayer Relief Act, Capital Gains, Dividends, Fiscal Cliff

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Employment Law Blog: The Continuing Saga of the NLRB Recess Appointments and Fallout

On January 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit published an opinion in Noel Canning v. National Relations Board, Case No. 12-1115. The case arose out of a dispute between employer Noel Canning, a…more

Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, Collective Bargaining, NLRA, NLRB

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Dig Up the Dirt, but Know the Rules of the Game - The Fair Credit Reporting Act and Background Checks

Employers like to know everything they can about applicants. Hiring employees is a big investment, and they want to do their due diligence up front so that their investment pays off. But before employers hire third-party…more

Background Checks, Criminal Background Checks, Employer Liability Issues, FCRA

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Key Takeaways - Work Safe: Preventing Injuries and Workplace Violence

As a follow up to my session “Work Safe: Preventing Injuries and Workplace Violence" at the recent Employment Law Seminar, I’ve put together what I feel to be two key takeaways from the presentation. 1) Workplace…more

Safety Precautions, Workplace Injury, Workplace Violence

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Tax Law Blog: 2015 Retirement Plan Limits Announced

Every year, about this time, the IRS calculates the cost of living increases, and determines whether the change is enough to trigger an adjustment to the statutory limit/threshold for various areas, including retirement…more

401k, 403(b) Plans, 457(b) Plans, Cost-of-Living, IRA

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Tax Law Blog: IRS Revises Offshore Voluntary Compliance Programs

As of July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has implemented several changes to the streamlined filing procedures for offshore compliance, as well as the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). These programs…more

Compliance, IRS, Offshore Funds, OVDP, Voluntary Disclosure

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Employment Law Blog: What does the DOMA ruling mean for employers?

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled, in United States v. Windsor, that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex couples who are legally married in their…more

Discrimination, DOMA, Employee Benefits, Equal Protection, FMLA

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Iowa Court of Appeals Rejects Argument to Impose Implied Warranty upon Land Developers

On April 16, 2014, land developers and sellers breathed a sigh of relief after the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that a purchaser of a residential building lot cannot sue the land developer for perceived deficiencies with the…more

Appeals, Construction Contracts, Construction Disputes, Construction Litigation, Construction Site

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OCR to Resume HIPAA Audits. Get Ready Now!

In a Feb. 24 notice in the Federal Register, the HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced its intention to resume its HIPAA Audit Program. By and large, the audit program has been inactive since December 2012, when OCR…more

Audits, HHS, HIPAA, OCR

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Tax Law Blog: The Impact of FATCA

The U.S. government loses an estimated $150 billion in revenue each year from offshore tax shelters. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which became law in March 2010, is designed to prevent tax evasion by U.S…more

FATCA, FBAR, FFI, IGAs, Income Taxes

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Iowa Immigration Law Blog: DACA Renewal Announced

On June 5, 2014, USCIS announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program…more

DACA, USCIS

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Health Law Blog: Office of Inspector General Proposes New Safe Harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute and Civil Monetary Penalty Rule

On October 3, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a Proposed Rule that, among other things, would protect additional payment practices and business arrangements from…more

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Government Relations Report: First Funnel Week Edition

This week marked the first major procedural deadline of the session, commonly referred to as the “funnel.” By March 8, House bills must have been voted out of a House committee and Senate bills must have been voted out of Senate…more

Gun Laws, Proposed Legislation, Red Light Cameras, Stand Your Ground Laws, State Budgets

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Can the Iowa Department of Revenue Really Garnish 100% of My Wages?

The short answer: YES. Iowa Code § 422.26 allows the Iowa Department of Revenue to obtain a lien over a taxpayer for any tax and penalties imposed for failure to properly pay taxes and to proceed to collect all such taxes and…more

Debt Collection, Department of Revenue, Liens, Wage Garnishment

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Anti Money Laundering Initiatives and Lawyers: What We Need to Know

Last Friday I was lucky enough to attend a Symposium at New York Law School entitled "Combating Threats to the International Financial System: The Financial Action Task Force." The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an…more

Anti-Money Laundering, Canada, China, EU, International Finance

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You Can Take this Handbook and Shove It!

A recent Nation Labor Relation Board decision leaves many asking who’s the boss in a California Hooter’s Restaurant. Hooter’s advertises its services as delightfully tacky; however, the NLRB has given the staff permission to be…more

Employee Handbooks, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Hiring & Firing, NLRB

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Employment Law Blog: Pregnancy Discrimination & The Accommodation Debate

On Monday, July 14, the EEOC issued guidance relating to its current interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Act’s interaction with the ADA and other laws…more

ADA, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination

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Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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