BrownWinick Law Firm

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666 Grand Avenue
Suite 2000
Des Moines, Iowa 50309, United States
Contact: Debi Bull
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

New Partnership Audit Rules Apply in 2018, Business Should Take Action Now

In 2018, the IRS is changing the audit procedures for businesses taxed as partnerships, which includes LLCs taxed as partnerships. Updated tax regulations were recently proposed and will be finalized after the public hearing on…more
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ROFR, ROFO and Options: What's the Difference

Clients frequently enter into transactions that contemplate possible future transactions between the same parties. For example, a buyer purchasing real estate from a property owner may only want to do so if the buyer will have…more
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Alert: Another New I-9 Form

USCIS announced yesterday that it will release a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers will be required to use the form beginning September 18, 2017. Check back here for additional…more
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EPA and USACE Move to Rescind 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule

In a move that surprises nobody, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) proposed on June 27, 2017 a new rule to rescind the 2015 Waters of the US Rule and re-codify…more
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What to do When Your Business is Served with a Subpoena

Occasionally I get a call from a client who just had a friendly visit from their local sheriff delivering a subpoena. Typically, the subpoena was issued as part of a dispute between two or more parties unrelated to the client. …more
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Getting to Know You (and Your Investors): Regulation D Disclosures and Investor Limitations

Many startups and small businesses get to a point where they determine the best way to raise capital is to bring in an outside investor through a securities offering. Depending on the amount of disclosures you are willing to…more
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Unlucky in the Lottery: H-1B Alternatives

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently completed its annual H-1B visa random selection process, more colloquially known as the “lottery.” The lottery process is mandatory for all H-1B petitions that are…more
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Real Estate Purchase Agreements: A Standard Form Isn't Necessarily Standard

I routinely receive calls from clients seeking to purchase a house, and asking whether it is necessary for an attorney to review the purchase agreement. The simple answer is yes. While residential purchase agreements are often…more
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New Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance

In previous client alerts, we had warned against the U.S. Department of Labor’s increasingly aggressive stance on subjecting independent contractors to federal labor laws, and melding one or more businesses together as “joint…more
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Tight Limits on Where Patent Lawsuits May Be Filed

On May 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court unanimously, and drastically, limited the rules for where patent infringement lawsuits may be filed. In TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, the Supreme Court held…more
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Who's Going to Pay My Attorney?

As a litigator, one of the most common questions I receive from clients is whether or not the opposing party in the lawsuit will have to pay for our attorney fees. Most clients are surprised to hear that Iowa state and federal…more
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Regulatory Trim - The Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth (the “Executive Order”). This Executive Order emphasizes the nation’s interest in promoting clean…more
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USCIS Announces Green Card and EAD Redesign

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is redesigning the Permanent Resident Card (a.k.a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification…more
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Factors in Choosing Between Arbitration and Litigation

In drafting contracts, one provision that must be considered for inclusion is the way disputes are resolved. Some parties, especially those in the construction or financial industries, have a preference for using arbitration to…more
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Can You Give That To Me In Words I Can Understand?

Recently I was working with a client on a large and complicated transaction. We were discussing the legal relationship between several different agreements. The client gave me one of the best compliments I have ever received…more
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