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Rush Nigut practices primarily in business and franchise law in West Des Moines, Iowa. Rush advises businesses of all sizes from start-ups to established businesses including technology and communication companies, franchise operations, banking and financial institutions, contractors and manufacturers. 


Rush is a shareholder in the law firm of Brick Gentry, P.C. He joined the firm in March of 2008 is formerly a shareholder with the law firm of Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Throughout his career, Rush has been active in civic and community affairs. The Des Moines Business Record named Rush to the 2006 class of the Des Moines' Forty under 40 community leaders. He is a 2000 Graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. He is active as a coach in the Raccoon Valley Little League. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Rooftop Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping children of low-income families in the Des Moines area.


Rush is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association (former member of Technology Committee), Polk County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the ABA Forum on Franchising.

Rush's blog, Rush on Business, is nationally recognized and has been quoted or referenced by hundreds of other legal and business blogs and Web sites including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2008, Rush on Business won awards for the Best Business Blog and Best Resource Blog in the Iowa Web Awards.




Practice areas


  1. Franchising: 40%
    17 years, 200 cases
  2. Corporate: 30%
    22 years, 750 cases
  3. Business: 30%
    22 years, 900 cases



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Austin Donovan Kennedy

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Austin Kennedy Contracts and agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jennifer Lauren Jaskolka-Brown

    I had the privilege of working with Rush for 8 years. He has unparalleled expertise in business franchise and corporate matters and provides excellent client service.


    Jennifer Jaskolka-Brown Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Brick Gentry, P.C.

6701 Westown Parkway, Suite 100
West Des Moines, IA, 50266


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Rated Labor and Employment LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2016
AVVOTop Legal Blogs2016
Franchise LawBest Lawyers in America2016
LLCs and PartnershipsBest Lawyers in America2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Best Lawyers LLCs and PartnershipsBest Lawyers in America2015
Top Legal BlogsAVVO2015
Best Lawyers Franchise LawBest Lawyers in America2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Rated Labor and Employment LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Legal BlogsAVVO2014
Top Rated Labor and Employment LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2014
Best Lawyers Franchise LawBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Best Lawyers LLCs and PartnershipsBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Rated Labor and Employment LawyerMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Legal BlogsAVVO2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top Legal BlogsAVVO2012
Best Franchise Blogs in 2011FranchiseHelp.com2011
Franchises and the LawWall St. Journal2010
Top Legal BlogsAVVO2010
Top Franchise Blogs for FranchiseesWall St. Journal2009
Top Legal BlogsAVVO2009
Best Resource Blog - www.rushonbusiness.comIowa Web Awards2008
Best Business Blog - www.rushonbusiness.comIowa Web Awards2008
Forty Under 40 Business LeadersThe Des Moines Business Record2006
Greater Des Moines Institute GraduateGreater Des Moines Leadership Institute2000
Top Legal Blogs 2014AVVON/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderBrick Gentry, P.C.2008 - Present
ShareholderSullivan & Ward, P.C.2000 - 2008
Managing PartnerBellis, Hook & Nigut1997 - 2000
AttorneyCrawford Law Firm1994 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Business SectionMember2008 - Present
Forum on FranchisingMember2006 - Present
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Polk County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Iowa Lawyer MagazineGood personal communications = good client relations = good profits2011
Wall Street JournalBlogs Provide Insight to Would-Be Franchisees2009
How Business Gets Done: Words of Wisdom by Central Iowa ExpertsPartnership Prenuptial2009
Wall Street JournalStories Around the Web: The Real Reason the Packers Traded Farve2008
Juice Magazine - Des Moines RegisterStart Your Own Business2008
Forbes MagazineIowa vs. Microsoft: Who won?2007 Legal NetworkAn Independent Contractor By Any Other Name . . .2007
Unclaimed Property Instruction ManualUnclaimed Property Instruction Manual2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Simpson CollegeBusiness ManagementBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Raising Capital for Your BusinessImportance of Partnership Agreements in Raising Capital2009
Iowa Employment, Training and Benefits ConferenceDangers in the Electronic Workplace2009
BIZ Networking LuncheonChoose the Right Business Structure2009
Iowa Business HourBusiness Law2008
Central Iowa SHRM monthly meetingDangers in the Electronic Workplace2008
Central Iowa CFP LuncheonBlogging2008
Iowa State University: Human Computer Interaction Graduate ProgramAvoiding Top Ten Legal Surprises that Wreak Havoc on Your Tech Company2007
yBlawgThe Nuts and Bolts of Lawyer Blogging2006
Iowa State Bar Association: eCommerce Section SeminarUsing RSS Feeds in Your Practice2006
IAEC: Human Resources ConferenceEmployment Law Update2006
Iowa State Bar Association Annual MeetingEnsuring Your Firm's Website is Both Effective and Ethical2004
Iowa State Bar Association Annual MeetingE-Ethics2004
The Law of the Internet in IowaEthical Considerations on the Internet2002