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Michael A. Dee is a member of BrownWinick and a past member of the firm's Management Committee. Mike is active in the firm's LitigationIntellectual PropertyConstruction and Employment and Labor Law practice groups.

Mike has been involved in litigation and trial practice for approximately 25 years and is in and out of court all the time. He has tried dozens of cases in state and federal court and argued numerous times before state and federal appellate courts. He represents business clients in all aspects of litigation, including claims involving contracts, intellectual property, trade secrets, construction, business dissolution, employment, fraud and various tort claims. He has been involved in lawsuits not only in Iowa, but all over the Midwest, California, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Kentucky and New England.

A substantial amount of Mike's time is spent on intellectual property litigation. Mike has been involved in cases involving patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. He also has argued numerous times before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, conducted Markman Hearings, and been involved in many preliminary injunction hearings, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Mike has an AV peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory and was named one of only 17 "Litigation Stars" in the State of Iowa for 2013 by the prestigious Benchmark Litigation. Mike is a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is an invitation-only organization with a limited number of members. He also has been recognized for inclusion in Super Lawyers®for intellectual property litigation, construction litigation and general litigation, and Chambers USA®for litigation.

Mike is a former federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he prosecuted primarily bank fraud and complex white collar crime as part of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section.

Mike is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, including the Federal Practice Committee, of which he was Chair in 2010-2012. He also is a member of the Polk County Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections). He is admitted to practice in the State of Iowa and the District of Columbia, the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa and the District of Nebraska, the Eighth Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Mike was the Chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Government Policy Council in 2010, and currently serves on the Board of the Mercy Foundation, which serves Mercy Hospital and its affiliated entities.

In 2014, Mike was appointed by the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Iowa to serve on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee, which was charged with reviewing and recommending a new Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa.

Mike received a B.S., with distinction and honors, from Iowa State University in 1984 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1987. Mike received the American Jurisprudence Award in 1986.


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 34%
  2. Administrative Law: 33%
  3. Employment: 33%


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Contact info

Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville & Schoenebaum, P.L.C.

Brown Winick Graves Et AL
666 Grand Ave Ste 2000
Des Moines, IA, 50309


IAAuthorized to practice law199501/13/2016
DCInactive 199011/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Benchmark Litigation"Litigation Star" in the State of Iowa2013
Business LitigationSuper LawyersN/A
LitigationChambers USAN/A
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers of AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrownWInick Law Firm2014 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iowa Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Iowa State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Polk County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kemin Foods, et al. v. Pigmentos Vegetales del Centro de C.V.N/A
GS CleanTech Corp. v. Homeland Energy Solutions, Pacific Ethanol Stockton and Aemetis Fuels KeyesN/A
D.B. Zwirn v. First American Bank, et al.Parties settled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Iowa State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science. with distinction, with honors1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Straight Talk: Strengthen Your Trial Practice in 2 DaysIntroduction to Intellectual Property Litigation2015
Construction Contracts: Negotiating Key ProvisionDispute Resolution2014
Construction Contracts: Negotiating Key ProvisionKey Provisions in Subcontractors2014
Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in IowaDispute Resolution2012
Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in IowaKey Provisions in Subcontractors2012