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Fifteen Davis Brown Attorneys Among Best in 2018 Iowa Chambers USA Ranking

May 3, 2018

The Davis Brown Law Firm has once again been recognized as one of Iowa’s leading law firms in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA. The firm earned Band 1 top rankings in five practice areas and 15 Davis Brown attorneys were honored as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas.

New This Year

Beau Gamble was recognized as a Senior Statesman in the area of Corporate/M&A: Banking and Finance, the highest possible individual attorney ranking. Beau has practiced banking law for over 50 years, serves as General Counsel to the Iowa Bankers Association, and has represented many Iowa banks as they navigate changing laws and regulations.

Deborah M. Tharnish is now recognized as Band 1 in Litigation and Labor & Employment. She is the only attorney in the state of Iowa to have two simultaneous Band 1 rankings. Deb helps employers across diverse industries with litigation and ongoing counsel. She was also the first female law firm president in the state of Iowa.

Margaret Van Houten is recognized as Band 2 in Private Wealth Law, a new category to the state of Iowa. Margaret helps business owners, executives, and others with retirement planning, complex trust and estate planning, as well as the administration of these tools.

Practice Area Rankings

Real Estate
Labor and Employment
Litigation: General Commercial
Litigation: Insurance


Individual Attorney Rankings


Frank J. Carroll
Jason M. Stone

Corporate/M&A: Banking and Finance

Robert A. Gamble

Labor & Employment

Becky S. Knutson
Gene R. La Suer
Sharon K. Malheiro
Deborah M. Tharnish
Jo Ellen Whitney

Labor & Employment: Immigration

Lori T. Chesser

Litigation: General Commercial

Holly M. Logan
Deborah M. Tharnish
Stanley J. Thompson

Private Wealth Law

Margaret Van Houten

Real Estate

Robert J. Douglas
David M. Erickson
Gary M. Myers

How Chambers Works

Using client and peer interviews conducted by a team of more than 170 full-time researchers, Chambers USA ranks law firms and individual lawyers in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. Rankings are based on technical legal abilities, professional conduct, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and the level of client service they have performed in addition to other qualities valued most by clients.

Based in London, Chambers & Partners is one of the premier directories for legal services. In a survey of 20,000 in-house counsel, more than half reported it is their directory of choice when reviewing law firms and individual lawyers.


About the Davis Brown Law Firm

Founded in 1929, Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C., provides comprehensive legal representation to a diverse client base. Firm clients include private individuals as well as Fortune 500 corporations. With over 75 attorneys, the firm offers depth and experience in a wide variety of areas, such as corporate transactions, corporate governance, entity choice, litigation, banking and finance, taxation, workers’ compensation, insurance defense, real estate, immigration, employment, finance, biotechnology, securities, patent and intellectual property, and government relations.

For more information, please contact Cara Seidl at (515) 246-7975 or email caraseidl@davisbrownlaw.com