Dentons Davis Brown
Dentons Davis Brown is a full-service business and litigation law firm with more than 75 attorneys in our offices in Ames, Des Moines, and West Des Moines. We are a progressive collaboration of talented law professionals committed to smart and creative solutions through a client-focused, cooperative work environment. Our firm offers legal solutions in a wide variety of areas, such as administrative law, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, government relations, immigration, patent law and intellectual property, biotechnology, real estate, securities, taxation and litigation.
Michele L. Warnock Brott
Michele Brott is an employment attorney at Dentons Davis Brown. Michele provides advice to businesses on avoiding employment issues and defends them in administrative hearings and court when necessary. She previously served on the firm's Professional Personnel Committee, which handles attorney employment matters.
Bill Boatwright is a shareholder at Dentons Davis Brown with a practice focused on helping charities and other tax-exempt organizations. He assists with forming nonprofit organizations and securing tax-exempt status. He also helps with a full range of business matters.
Lori Chesser is a preeminent immigration attorney and advocate at Dentons Davis Brown. She assists employers, business owners and individuals as they navigate the complex U.S. immigration system.
Denise Claton is an immigration attorney with a business law background assisting U.S. employers and foreign nationals with nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) immigration-related visas.
Beth Coonan is an employment and immigration attorney at the Dentons Davis Brown. She helps businesses understand the complex legal system and implement policies and procedures to reduce legal risk.
Daniela Erickson is an immigration and litigation attorney at Dentons Davis Brown. She assists clients with family-based immigration matters, removal defense and appellate litigation matters. Daniela also chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Technology Association of Iowa.
Susan J. Freed
Susan Freed practices health law at Dentons Davis Brown. Susan represents a variety of healthcare providers including physicians, hospitals and long-term care facilities in matters relating to transactions and reimbursement, as well as regulatory issues. She also advises businesses on welfare benefit issues.
Michael A. Gilmer
Michael Gilmer is special counsel at Dentons Davis Brown practicing primarily in tax law. He counsels clients on tax matters related to state and federal government as well as the tax implications of various business transactions and assists with tax controversy issues.
Ryan Haaland is a business and real estate attorney at the Dentons Davis Brown. He helps real estate developers, landowners and business owners of all sizes in all industries achieve their business goals. Ryan is also the chair of the Davis Brown Real Estate department.
Margaret A. Hanson
Maggie Hanson is a labor and employment attorney at Dentons Davis Brown with a focus on employment litigation, employment practices, liability insurance defense and providing day-to-day strategic advice to employers.
Becky S. Knutson
Becky Knutson practices in Dentons Davis Brown's Litigation Division including labor and employment law, education law, family law and professional licensing. Becky was the Best Lawyers© 2020 Education Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Greater Des Moines (DSM).
Alex N. Kron
Alex Kron is a business attorney at Dentons Davis Brown. Alex represents businesses, nonprofits and individuals on matters involving entity formation, tax law, real estate law, contract drafting and negotiating and mergers and acquisitions. Alex has passed all sections of the CPA exam in Iowa (license pending work experience).
Nicole M. Krueger
Nicole Kreuger is a business attorney at Dentons Davis Brown assisting clients with various business law needs, including entity formation, contract drafting and business transactions. Nicole also advises clients in health, employee benefits and estate planning matters. She serves on the Recent Alumni Board for Drake University Law School.
Holly Logan is a white-collar criminal and litigation attorney at the Dentons Davis Brown. She helps clients with a wide variety of white-collar criminal prosecutions and internal investigations, as well as civil and regulatory government proceedings.
Jodie McDougal is a construction and landlord attorney at Dentons Davis Brown. She regularly represents builders, owners, design professionals, contractors, suppliers, commercial property owners and landlords of all types in their disputes and day-to-day business matters.
John Pietila is a business attorney at the Dentons Davis Brown. He works with technology and communication businesses with mergers, acquisitions, financing and various business opportunities. He is the president of the Davis Brown Board of Directors.
Mike Richards is a trial attorney at Dentons Davis Brown. Mike represents professionals, businesses and municipalities in professional negligence and liability, intellectual property, commercial and insurance litigation.
Courtney Strutt Todd
Courtney Strutt Todd is a tax, employee benefits, and public finance attorney at the Dentons Davis Brown. She advises businesses on their pension, profit-sharing, employee stock ownership, and other retirement plans. She is vice-president of the Davis Brown Board of Directors.
Laura Wasson is a business attorney at the Dentons Davis Brown. In addition to working with emerging businesses, Laura advises many small and mid-size banks in Iowa on
regulatory compliance. Laura serves on the Board of the Polk County Juvenile Drug Court Collaborative.
Jana Luttenegger Weiler
Jana Weiler is a shareholder at Dentons Davis Brown who helps clients, individuals, farmers and nonprofit charitable organizations with estate planning, administration of estates and trusts, guardianship and conservatorships. She also advises businesses with ERISA compliance and employee retirement benefits. Jana serves on the firm's Reitrement Committee.
Jo Ellen Whitney
Jo Ellen Whitney is an employment and health law attorney at Dentons Davis Brown. She guides business leaders and HR professionals through tough situations advising on the law and best practices to avoid litigation and represents them before administrative agencies when needed. Jo Ellen also advises businesses, including healthcare providers, in data privacy and cybersecurity matters.
Breanna Young is a tax and estate planning attorney who helps farmers, individuals, families and small businesses plan for their future.