Davis Brown Law Firm

215 10th Street
Ste. 1300
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3993, United States
Contact: Cara Seidl, Director of Marketing
Phone: 515.288.2500
Fax: 515.243.0654
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • 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
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Iowa
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 15

This week was the scheduled end of the 2018 General Assembly. However, the Governor and leaders in both chambers have much work to do to agree upon and finalize a tax reform package and the 2019 budget before they can adjourn…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 14

This week, action began on tax reform plans. Both the House and the Senate worked on the governor’s proposal, including income tax reductions, but differ on federal deductibility…more
 /  Administrative Law, Taxation

Federal Jury Awards Iowa Businessman $4 Million

On Thursday, April 12, Davis Brown attorneys, Stanley J. Thompson and Jason R. Lawrence scored a major victory on behalf of their client, retired Akron businessman, John Lucken. The jury found Heritage Bank of Spicer,…more
 /  Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 13

This week, work continued behind the scenes on budget and tax plans as the Senate and House continue crafting the 2019 budget and try to adjourn by April 17, the 100th day of session. One of the factors now being considered are…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Taxation

Omnibus Spending Bill Addresses the So-Called "Grain Glitch"

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill (also referred to as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018), keeping the federal government open and appropriating funding through September…more
 /  Agriculture, Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Taxation

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 12

Tax Policy - This week, much of the activity at the Capitol was happening behind the scenes as leaders from both chambers and the Governor’s office continued budget and tax discussions. The House is currently working from…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Taxation

New ERISA Regulations Effective April 1: Disability Determinations Under Employer Sponsored Benefit Plans

On April 1, 2018, employer sponsored plans subject to ERISA and providing a benefit contingent on a disability determination will need to comply with new rules finalized by the Department of Labor (DOL). The new rules were…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 11

This week, a series of key pieces of legislation made their way through the legislative process and in some cases, to the Governor for her signature. These are viewed as critical to finishing the legislative session…more
 /  Elections & Politics

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 9

This week, legislators again focused on floor work with action on many bills and the Senate started to work through its confirmation calendar. Department of Human Services - The Senate delayed the confirmation vote on…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Complaint: Handling Documentation

Over the last couple weeks, we have looked at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission procedure for employers when current or former employees allege discrimination in the workplace. We covered the details of the initial complaint…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Complaint - Initial Determination

The point that many employers fear - receiving a complaint from the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. An employee has alleged that they have been a subject to discrimination in your workplace…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Time's Up For Tax Breaks On Secret Settlements

#TimesUp and #metoo has dominated the news cycle for months. With the public spotlight on the Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Larry Nassar scandals, some people fear confidential settlement agreements may perpetuate sexual…more
 /  Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Iowa Statehouse Report - First Funnel Week

This week concluded the first legislative “funnel” in which all policy bills must be out of at least one committee by Friday, February 16 to be “alive” until the next funnel. The focus was squarely on subcommittee and…more
 /  Taxation

What's Really Going on When You Receive an Iowa Civil Rights Commission Complaint?

When an employer receives an official notice from the Iowa Civil Rights Commission or any other agency, it can cause a slight elevation of blood pressure and potentially a drop in your stomach as you open the envelope to see…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Energy-Efficient Homes Credit is Extended for Homes Sold Before December 31, 2017

The Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2018, which President Trump signed into law on February 9, 2018, has extended the Energy-Efficient Homes Credit for homes sold before December 31, 2017. The extension allows builders a $2,000 credit…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation
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