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  1. 1. BROWN
  2. 2. at davis brown, we are committed to providing excellent advice, service and representation. Founded in 1929, Davis, Brown, Our West Des Moines office allows Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P provides .C., us to provide service from a second comprehensive legal services to clients convenient location in the suburbs. ranging from private individuals to Fortune 500 corporations. Our firm is comprised of outstanding attorneys and continues to attract Our firm is based in Des Moines, Iowa, seasoned attorneys and top graduates the state’s economic and political capital. from nationally ranked law schools. Our The city is a hub of local, regional, lawyers have demonstrated excellence, national, and international operations plus the integrity and motivation to for the insurance, agriculture, bio- become respected members of the technology, finance, real estate, firm and community. With a passion and technology industries. for the law and dedication to clients, our attorneys have been recognized We renewed our long-standing commit- by Martindale–Hubbell, Best Lawyers ment to downtown Des Moines when in America, Chambers USA, and Iowa we agreed to be the anchor tenant of Super Lawyers. the award-winning, 13-story Davis Brown Tower (pictured on the right). about
  4. 4. the davis brown
  5. 5. since 1929, our firm has been a pillar of the greater des moines community. the following have been established as our core values: Ethics: Uncompromising personal Collaborative: Davis Brown is an and professional ethics guide our actions employer of choice in the Iowa legal and decisions. community. From mentoring relationships between associates and shareholders, Excellence: We set high standards for our to progressive firm leadership and attorneys. They are respected advisors civic involvement, collaboration is and counselors as recognized through the key to success. peer review in the legal community. Diverse: We believe in an inclusive Knowledgeable: Our attorneys have the workplace that reflects the vibrance strength of their education, experience of our community and strengthens and collective knowledge to provide the our understanding and respect of advice and counsel clients seek. diverse backgrounds. Forward Looking: We have the foresight Progressive: We continue to invest in to make decisions that impact business training, technology, and service to today and lay the groundwork for a support the primary function of the solid future for our clients. firm: delivering excellent legal services. VISION
  6. 6. the davis brown law firm provides a continuum of legal services to develop the best solution for your legal issues. The defined business and litigation Our firm is proud to have a reputation structure gives our attorneys an internal for encouraging tenure. Collegial, network to better represent the needs lasting relationships are the basis of our clients. The collaboration of our of our strong teams and consistent team leads to the implementation of high-quality legal work. legal strategy created to fit each client’s specific requirements. A collegial work environment allows attorneys to work together Over the past 80 plus years, Davis Brown and develop the best solution for has been built on a commitment to pro- legal issues. While individual attorneys viding the finest client service available. can bring a specific expertise to the Our attorneys and staff—the backbone table, a team approach can analyze the of the organization—deliver on this situation from different perspectives. promise each day. We define and achieve the team’s commitment through our Exceptional Client Service approach. exceptional
  8. 8. IMPACT community
  9. 9. davis brown is invested in the local community. we are active in numerous organizations, programs and charitable causes. Giving back to the community and “For the public good” is the objective making Iowa a better place to live is of Davis Brown’s Pro Bono efforts. As our goal as leaders of boards and civic community service is a cornerstone of organizations including: the Greater our firm, attorneys provide their skills Des Moines Partnership; Greater to those who cannot afford them. For Des Moines Leadership Institute; Polk example, we assist the Polk County Bar County Bar Association; Iowa State Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Bar Association; Des Moines Public and educational partnership efforts Library Foundation; and many more. through the Drake Legal Clinic. A. Arthur Davis (1928–1997), a Davis Brown has been recognized name partner of the firm, was Mayor as one of Des Moines’ Best Places to of Des Moines, President of the Work by employees and the Des Moines Des Moines School Board, President Business Record. This is possible through of what is now the Greater Des Moines our commitment to support a balanced Partnership, and helped establish the life. We have chosen to develop a work- Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. place that fosters professional success Our lawyers continue this commitment. and supports individuals and families. John D. Shors served as President of the Iowa State Bar Association, Frank J. Carroll was Vice-President of the Iowa State Bar Association, and Scott M. Brennan was President of the Polk County Bar Association. ACTION
  10. 10. robust representation and cost-conscious solutions satisfy client requirements. “Strong, responsive and well connected,” and industries including biotechnology, is how a client described our firm in manufacturing, telecommunications, Chambers USA. Whether personal and information technology and work matters or business issues, we have the in cutting edge areas such as Iowa Film requisite experience and resources to Credits, New Market Tax Credits, carbon provide solid, strategic legal advice. credits, and wind farms. We also represent emerging businesses, entrepreneurs, and The strength of our Business Division is its venture capital funds. collaborative nature, shared knowledge, and consultation with practitioners of We are respected for our diligence and diverse areas of law. Our outlook is thoughtful approach to the law and client progressive as we seek solutions for relationships. We respond to client needs, today while planning for tomorrow. even if it requires attention day and night to see a matter to completion. As a The complexity of commercial transac- measure of effectiveness, our cost- tions create the need for a law firm that conscious solutions enable us to provide can be detail-oriented, proactive and robust representation while satisfying responsive to the challenges of unique bottom-line client requirements. engagements. As no two matters are the same, your legal team needs to have the Our trust and estate department experience to understand the situation reviews individual, family, and business and ability to create and execute strategy. needs and establishes strategies to meet In addition to traditional practice areas, goals throughout the many stages of we also work with specific areas life including succession plans. business business
  11. 11. Personality and compatibility are among We believe regular communication is Comprehensive understanding of your relationships the most important criteria for developing important in legal matters. Communication legal matter is of paramount importance a relationship with an attorney. The Davis through appropriate media must be and creates a pathway to a solution. Brown Law Firm is a recognized leader accurate, prompt and fair as legal matters in the state when it comes to relationship progress. Care, courtesy and respect are Your attorney team has the knowledge, building. When confidentiality and loyalty understood deliverables from your legal experience and professionalism to navigate are mutually established, the relationship team including attorneys, paralegals the legal system and explain strategy and will succeed. and administrative assistants. goals in reference to the engagement. ATTAIN DIVISION
  12. 12. Davis Brown litigators are distinguished Our earnest, hard-working attorneys experience to arrive at the most effective our team approach by a team approach. The comprehensive are trained and ready to go to trial, a strategy. Extensive collaboration creates a understanding of the client, the matter, distinguishing trait that not all lawyers sound tactical plan to complement accurate and the court system provide a global possess. Of equal importance is our and concise advice. view of the opportunities and outcomes. extensive knowledge of the state and The depth of litigation experience and federal court system to review strengths, Our attorney tenure is a valuable asset effective bench strength shared among weaknesses, opportunities and threats to clients as it provides institutional our talented attorneys create the in regard to legal matters. knowledge about your organization and team approach necessary in today’s the basis for a strong relationship. Equally court system. We take client disputes and cases important is our ability to represent clients seriously and use our wealth of litigation from start to finish. INSIGHT litigation
  13. 13. davis brown litigators develop strategies to achieve your goals. Our trial-experienced attorneys can Our litigation team approaches each advise you every step of the way. We engagement with the singular goal of provide a multifaceted representation best serving the client’s particular short- that has earned us a place as one of the and long-term interests. In short, we premier law firms in Des Moines and do not embark on a “cookie-cutter the state of Iowa. approach” to litigation problems. We represent clients in everything from Our litigation team is known not only simple contract disputes to employment for the skill to engage in wide-ranging and discrimination cases to highly discovery, but also for its ability to prepare complex civil litigation. As a trusted effectively for and try cases. We are go-to firm, we have a long and distin- familiar with the state and federal courts guished history in all types of litigation and have been recognized by Martindale– matters before administrative agencies, Hubbell, Chambers USA, Best Lawyers the state and federal courts in Iowa. of America, and Iowa Super Lawyers We have been involved in most types as leaders. In Chambers USA, a client of major civil litigation matters in our stated Davis Brown litigators are state—traditionally taking the lead role “enjoyable to work with and reach to provide expert advice and tactics. timely resolutions.” We “create strategies to resolve potential issues and achieve business goals.” DIVISION
  14. 14. the davis brown law firm is the exclusive iowa member of lex mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Comprised of more than 160 member The foundation of Lex Mundi is in the firms, Lex Mundi (“Law of the World”) is quality of the individual member firms, the Mark of Excellence for legal services which are regularly reviewed. Member globally. Business owners, advisors and selection criteria are very stringent, and corporations worldwide turn to Lex Mundi members are among the preeminent member firms for outstanding expertise and law firms in their jurisdictions. While exceptional services. Corporate counsel, remaining independent, each member local, national, and international clients of firm is committed to uniform service Davis Brown can take advantage of these standards that provide clients with strategic relationships. consistency and confidence, and each shares a remarkable dedication to The largest association of law firms in the client service. world with more than 20,000 lawyers in 560 offices and more than 100 countries, Clients of Lex Mundi member firms are Lex Mundi member firms provide repre- the ultimate beneficiaries of the world- sentation and local market knowledge wide reach and access to exceptional virtually anywhere needs may arise. Our global legal expertise. Working together, firm’s membership in Lex Mundi provides Lex Mundi member firms are able to us with global reach and access to provide cost-effective solutions for resources that enhance our ability to clients around the world. serve clients’ needs around the world. lex
  15. 15. ELITE MUNDI
  16. 16. sharing knowledge Educational Programming: Davis Brown Public Speaking: Davis Brown attorneys Publications: Davis Brown disseminates hosts seminars for clients on a wide variety are in demand for public presentations a great deal of information into the public of topics, including Business Law, Health throughout the year locally, regionally domain each year to provide insight and Law and Employment and Labor Law. and nationally. In a clear and informative commentary on breaking issues. Visit our These events provide a forum for clients manner, we provide practical knowledge, website, www.davisbrownlaw.com, for to stay updated on issues of relevance expertise and legal examples in our areas the latest news and information. to their business. of practice on issues in the spotlight. INSPIRE independent
  17. 17. whether you’re an individual or corporate counsel, the following independent rankings demonstrate our ability, knowledge, experience, and most importantly, respect. Davis Brown attorneys have been Best Lawyers in America: Best Lawyers is recognized by readers of the Des Moines the oldest peer-review publication in the Business Record as Best Law Firm in legal profession. For a quarter century, Des Moines repeatedly since 1997. this publication has helped lawyers and This drives us to continually improve clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar and provide Exceptional Client Service. jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties based on its peer review system. Our attorneys are regularly reviewed by their peers and consistently earn Martindale–Hubbell: With a history high recognition. Thousands of in-depth spanning 140 years, the Martindale– interviews with attorneys across the Hubbell Legal Network is powered by nation are the basis for these evaluations a database of over one million lawyers of successful legal practice. We are and law firms in over 160 countries. E proud of our leaders and their commit- An AV certification is a significant rating ment to excellence. See our website for accomplishment because a lawyer’s peers individually recognized attorneys and rank him or her at the highest level of practice areas. professional excellence. Chambers USA: Based in London, Iowa Super Lawyers: This is a listing Chambers USA covers all the major of outstanding lawyers from more than national practice areas, as well as the 60 practice areas who have attained key specializations within each state. a high degree of peer recognition for their professional achievement. Attorneys listed are within the top 5% of practice RANKINGS in the state.
  18. 18. areas of practice Administrative Law • Employment Law Litigation Agribusiness and Cooperatives • Labor Law Banking Law and Financial Institutions Litigation • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights • Appeals Business Organizations and Transactions • Business Torts • Mergers and Acquisitions • Commercial and Business Litigation • Corporate Governance • Family Law • Formation • Insurance Coverage • Securities • Product Liability Defense • Non-Profits and Charities • Real Estate Commercial Law Privacy and Information Security Communications, Media, Advertising, Public Law and Financing and Entertainment Public Utilities Construction Law • Energy • Construction Contracts • Telecommunications • Construction Litigation Real Estate Education • Transactions Emerging Growth and Venture Capital • Planning, Development • Entrepreneurs and Management • Private Equity Tax • Investment Funds • Federal, State and Local Taxation Employee Benefits, Executive • International Taxation of Inbound and Compensation, Pensions, Profit Outbound Individuals and Businesses Sharing, and ERISA • Estate, Trust and Gift Taxation Environmental Law / “Green” Law • Real Estate Tax and Protest Litigation • Federal and State Income Tax Franchise and Distribution Controversies and Litigation Health Care and Professional Licensure • Tax-Exempt Organizations Immigration Tax Credits and Economic Development Insurance Regulation Trade Associations Intellectual Property Trusts and Estates • Patent, Trademark and • Agribusiness Planning Copyright Prosecution • Business Succession Planning • Intellectual Property Litigation • Estate Planning • Licensing • Estate and Trust Administration • Internet and e-Commerce • Estate and Trust Litigation International Transactions • Retirement Plan Distributions Labor and Employment • Transfer Tax Planning • Employee Benefits • Employment Law Counseling core
  20. 20. DAVIS DAVIS BROWN KOEHN SHORS & ROBERTS P.C. PHONE 515.288.2500 FIRM FAX 515.243.0654 WEB WWW.DAVISBROWNLAW.COM the determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. this disclosure is required by rule of the iowa supreme court. THE DAVIS BROWN TOWER 215 10TH STREET, STE 1300 DES MOINES, IA 50309 THE HIGHLAND BUILDING 4201 WESTOWN PKWY, STE 300 WEST DES MOINES, IA 50266