Davis Brown Law Firm

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215 10th Street
Ste. 1300
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3993, United States
Contact: Cara Seidl
Phone: 515.288.2500
Fax: 515.243.0654
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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Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Iowa
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

ESOPs in Iowa Gone Wrong

What is an ESOP? An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan designed to give company stock to its employees…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law, Taxation

Another New I-9 Form Becomes Mandatory September 18, 2017

It was only six months ago that the new fillable I-9 for went into effect, but just this week (July 17, 2017) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service published a new version, deleting the November 16, 2016, version from its…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Employer Health Insurance Legislation Update: The Better Care Act

Last week the Senate released draft legislation entitled “The Better Care Act.” aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Below is a summary of the Act and its potential impact on Iowa employers…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Travel Ban 3.0

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of the injunction on the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” known as the “travel ban,” in its October…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

Try Not to be so Friendly: Current Issues in Interviews and Advertising

Many of us like to chat. We like to know what you’re reading, how your kid’s baseball season is going, and what kind of pie you like, but while hostesses love you at a cocktail party, chatting can lead to trouble, especially in…more
 /  Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, “update your job descriptions?” Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, “I feel like that’s tattooed on my brain.”…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Iowa Supreme Court Hands Down Decisions in Two Iowa City Residential Landlord-Tenant Cases

On May 19, 2017, the Iowa Supreme Court handed down decisions in two highly publicized Iowa City cases in which tenants had brought suit against their landlords - Kline v. Southgate Property Management and Walton v. Gaffey. Both…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Residential

Iowa Gun Legislation & Its Impact on Government Health Care Facilities

Last month, former Governor Branstad signed House File 517 which significantly expands the rights of gun owners in Iowa. The legislation also allows Iowans to sue cities or counties that enact “gun-free zones.”…more
 /  Health

The Importance of Consistency between Master Services Agreements and Statements of Work

All types of business from startups to multinational conglomerates regularly enter into service agreements for the procurement and delivery of products or services. Depending upon the size and complexity of the agreement, the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

HHS Issues Cyber Threat Warning to US Hospitals and Medical Providers

In light of last week’s ransomware attacks overseas targeting hospitals and other providers, HHS is notifying providers in the United States of a warning issued by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)…more
 /  Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Until You're the Unicorn, Protect Yourself: Tips on Personal Guarantees

One of the first steps in any business venture is for the founder to form a business entity separating their personal assets and liabilities from the business assets and liabilities of the new company. Without this separation,…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking

A Wild Ride - Reviewing the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session for Employers

Like on The Monster at Adventureland, the 2017 legislative session was a thrill ride full of ups and downs for Iowa employers. Starting with the signing of the collective bargaining bill in February and continuing to last week’s…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Digital Assets Bill Signed by Governor Branstad

Governor Branstad signed Senate File 333, the Iowa Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, on April 20. This bill is an important tool in estate planning and trust and estate administration…more
 /  Privacy, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Employer Update: American Health Care Act

Last week, Republicans got one step closer to repealing portions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) when the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”). Due to procedural issues and division within…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Governor Branstad Signs HF295 Preventing Municipalities from Adopting Higher Minimum Wages

In March 2017, Governor Branstad signed HF295, a bill standardizing Iowa’s minimum wage at $7.25 and preventing municipalities from adopting a minimum wage different from the Iowa standard. Background - Over the last few…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law
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