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Most of my practice is practicing in the public finance law area.  I have worked in all capacities in tax-exempt financing deals including as issuer's counsel, bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and borrower's counsel.  I have worked on deals of all sizes and with all types of clients including state agencies, cities, hospitals, colleges and other 501(c)(3) entities.


Additionally I work on general business, tax transactions, employee benefits and on compliance issues relating to ERISA.  I have formed businesses, provided advice on ongoing transactions and have helped entities to resolve matters with the Internal Revenue Service and the Iowa Department of Revenue.


Practice areas


  1. Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance: 50%
    9 years
  2. Employee Benefits: 25%
    2 years
  3. Business: 15%
    9 years
  4. Tax: 10%
    9 years



Hourly ($210-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Davis Brown Law Firm

215 10th Street, Ste 1300
Des Moines, IA, 50309


IAAuthorized to practice law200610/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star - Government FinanceSuper Lawyers2014
40 under 40 Class MemberDes Moines Business Record2013
Rising Star - Bonds/Government FinanceGreat Plains Super Lawyers2013
Graduate of GDMLI Class of 2010Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute2010
Volunteer ExcellenceAmerican Cancer Society2009
Over 200 Hours of Service AwardVolunteer Lawyer's Project2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Public Finance and Tax AttorneyDavis Brown Law Firm2006 - Present
Accounting InternHamilton Juffer & Associates2005 - 2006
Accounting InternKpmg (Formerly Peat Marwick)2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa Municipal Attorneys AssociationMember2012 - Present
Polk County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
National Association of Bond AttorneysMember2007 - Present
Polk County Women's AttorneysMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2013
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Iowa Society of CPAsMember2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Voluntary Compliance Agreement ProgramSuccessful in getting client tax-exemption retroactively to date lost and keeping tax-exemption on Bonds.
IRS Audit on Tax-Exempt BondsAudit was Closed without any further action after submission of responses.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Davis Brown Tax Law BlogVarious Articles2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2006
Drake UniversityN/AOther - Masters2006
University of Northern IowaAccountingOther - Bachelors2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Post Issuance Compliance ConferenceRemedial Action2014
Post Compliance Issuance ConferencePrivate Business Use2014
Immigrant Entrepreneur SummitTax Tips for Avoiding Trouble for Small Businesses2014
Iowa Higher Education Loan Authority Post-Issuance Compliance ConferenceSchedule K Review2013
Iowa Higher Education Loan Authority Post Issuance Compliance ConferencePrivate Business Use2013
Business Law SeminarTax2011
Business Laww SeminarEstate Tax2010