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 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

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 5

It was a shortened legislative week with legislators staying in their districts to participate and attend their local caucuses on Monday. As a result, while bills were introduced on Monday, there were no subcommittee meetings…more
 /  Education, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 4

This week, Governor Reynolds signed her first bill into law, SF 512, the water quality bill. The Governor also signed her first Executive Order establishing the Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning…more
 /  Education, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

Iowa Residential Landlords - A 2017 Review and 2018 Preview

Overall, 2017 was a decent year in terms of new legislation and case law for Iowa landlords. The Iowa Legislature passed two favorable pieces of legislation, and two decisions by the Iowa Supreme Court contained certain…more
 /  Real Estate - Residential

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 3

This week saw a significant increase in the number of bills moving through the subcommittee and committee process. Some key developments from the week..…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Environmental Law

General Report from the Iowa Statehouse - Week 2

After a three-day holiday, the General Assembly reconvened and began moving the first of the bills out of committee. Friday, January 19, marked the first legislative deadline as it is the last day individual legislators can…more
 /  Elections & Politics

New Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate Decrease Affects Borrowers

Late in 2017, H.R.1, the federal tax reform bill (the “Federal Tax Act”) was signed into law. Effective January 1, 2018, the maximum federal corporate income tax rate decreased from 35% to 21%…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

Contractor Registration Requirements in Iowa

All construction contractors and companies who perform any type of construction work in Iowa are required to register with Iowa Workforce Development/Iowa Division of Labor and renew the registration annually. However, certain…more
 /  Construction Law

General Report from the Iowa Statehouse

This week the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly convened and is scheduled to last 100 days. However, the Republicans, which are the majority party in both chambers, made it clear that they are aiming to adjourn in…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Health, Immigration Law, Taxation
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