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Brian P. Rickert is a member of BrownWinick and has a primary focus on litigation of matters for public and private businesses, and individuals in a variety of areas including agribusiness, construction, energy, environmental, and real estate, among others.  In recent years, Brian has litigated complex business disputes, various business torts including fraud and interference with contracts, conflicts between business competitors, claims between majority and minority shareholders, relations and disputes with governmental agencies, and various other contract and tort claims.  Brian has also handled employment lawsuits involving wrongful termination, discrimination, and claims arising from non-compete, non-solicitation and other agreements.  He is involved in lawsuits not only in Iowa, but all over the Midwest, serving as lead counsel in numerous matters where the amount in controversy involves seven and eight figures.

Brian has established himself as one of the leading courtroom advocates in Iowa having been selected as a leader in Iowa in the Chambers USA® listing for commercial litigation, listed in The Best Lawyers in America®  for construction law, listed in Super Lawyers® for construction law, selected as a Fellow in the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America, and has received other awards.  He is AV-rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

Brian is Chair of the firm's Construction Law practice group and spends a significant amount of time representing owners, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers and sureties in all facets of their business, including litigation and arbitration of claims, and regulatory and legislative guidance and advice.  He is also a frequent speaker to professionals, trade associations, and attorneys on topics relating to construction law and litigation.  Brian has also provided testimony or background information to legislative committees and members on construction and litigation related legislation.

Brian also serves as corporate counsel for a number of businesses across Iowa and national counsel for certain construction and energy-related companies.  In this position, he counsels his clients on organizational and start-up issues, employment issues, regulatory matters, and other corporate matters.

Brian is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations; the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry and Construction Litigation Committee; Master Builders of Iowa; and the Associated General Contractors of Iowa.  He serves on the Federal Practice Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association, and is a founding member of the Construction Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association.

Brian also serves in many community roles. He is a graduate of Leadership Iowa, the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and the West Des Moines Leadership Academy.  He is a member of the Blank Park Zoo's Board of Directors, serves as a Trustee on the Board of the West Des Moines Water Works, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa.  He is also active in political circles in Iowa and is active in many Iowa campaigns.  In 2005, he was selected by the Des Moines Business Record as one of the top 40 business leaders in Central Iowa under the age of 40.

Brian received his J.D., with honors, from Drake University where he served on the Drake Law Review, and received his Finance Degree from the University of Iowa.  He is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%


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Contact info

Suite 2000, Ruan Center
666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50309-2510


IAAuthorized to practice law199901/12/2016
KSAuthorized to practice law199911/09/2015
MOGood Standing, Active199801/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Des Moines Construction Law "Lawyer of the Year"Best Lawyers2016
Forty Under 40Des Moines Business Record2005
Construction LawBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Construction LawChambers USAN/A
Construction LawBest LawyersN/A
Construction LitigationGreat Plains Super LawyersN/A
Construction LitigationSuper Lawyers Business EditionN/A
FellowLitigation Counsel of AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBrownWinick Law Firm2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Blank Park ZooBoard of DirectorsN/A
West Des Moines Water WorksTrustee on the BoardN/A
Taxpayers Association of Central IowaBoard of DirectorsN/A
Polk County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Iowa State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Master Builders of IowaMemberN/A
Kansas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Missouri Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tetzlaff v. Camp, et al.N/A
American Concrete Products, Inc. v. City of Winterset, et al.N/A
Walters v. Randall, Legacy Golf AssociatesN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
InsideMBI (Master Builders of Iowa)New Nonelection of Coverage and Protection Against Workers' Compensation Claims2015
InsideMBI (Master Builders of Iowa)Recent Change to Iowa's Unemployment Insurance: Failure to Participate in Fact-Finding Interviews Can Cost You2014
Iowa Banking MagazineMajor Changes to Iowa's Mechanic's Lien Laws2013
The Home Builders Blueprint (The Voice of the Greater Des Moines HBA)The 2013 Legislature Has Left the Building: The Impact on Homebuilders2013
InsideMBI (Master Builders of Iowa)Legal Limits on the Use of Proprietary Specifications in Public Contracts in Iowa2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of IowaFinanceOther - Bachelors1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ABA Construction ForumPractice of Construction Law and the Job Market for Construction Lawyers2015
WebinarCommodity Price Decline and the Impact on Farm Leases2014
National Business InstituteConstruction Contracts: Negotiating Key Provisions2014
WebinarRecent Changes in Iowa's Construction Laws and Regulations, and the Impact on Your Business2013
Iowa's Spring Education Conference - Regulatory & ComplianceAnti-Indemnification and the Law2013