Alice E. Helle is a member of BrownWinick. She practices in the employee benefits area, including both ERISA and governmental plans. She also practices in the area of adoption and surrogacy law, handling private terminations of parental rights, adoption finalizations and surrogacy matters.
Alice has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of employee benefits law for more than 10 years and was named "Des Moines Best Lawyer Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 in The Best Lawyers of America®. Alice was a claims representative with the Social Security Administration from 1973 to 1985. She is a frequent speaker on employee benefit topics, including employer obligations under healthcare reform. Alice is the attorney member of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry's Healthcare Reform Resource Panel.
In 2009, Alice was selected to become an Iowa Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Selection of a Fellow in the American Bar Foundation is recognition of a lawyer whose professional, public and private career has demonstrated outstanding dedication to their community, traditions of their legal profession and maintains the objectives of the American Bar Association. Also in 2009, Alice was nominated to become a Fellow of the Iowa State Bar Foundation. Membership in Iowa State Bar Foundation is by nomination and invitation only and is limited to members of the Iowa State Bar Association who have demonstrated their dedication to their profession and communities.
Alice is also active in community affairs. She is a member of the Soroptimist International of Des Moines, where Alice served as President from 2005-2007. Alice has also served on the board of the Polk County Bar Association and on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association.
Alice received her B.S degree from Iowa State University in 1973. She received her J.D. from Drake University in 1988. She was Executive Editor of the Drake Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She was also the recipient of the Iowa State Bar Association Graduating Senior Award. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1988 and joined BrownWinick that year.
ESOP — Represented leading manufacturer of tools and equipment in the buyout of founders through the series of related transactions including the purchase of separately owned real estate, the creation of an ESOP, the purchase of company stock by the ESOP, and negotiating new financing for the ESOP.