Ann Holden Kendell - Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville & Schoenebaum, P.L.C.

Ann Holden Kendell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Ann Holden Kendell is a member of BrownWinick and serves as Co-Chair of BrownWinick'sEmployment Law practice group. Ann practices primarily in the area of employment law and commercial litigation.

Ann counsels employers in human resources policies and procedures; unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower issues; FMLA; Iowa state and federal wage and hour issues; restrictive covenants (non-competes, non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements); and drug testing policies and procedures, as well as handles employment litigation. She conducts management training concerning drug testing and personnel issues and has served as an investigator for clients regarding misconduct, discrimination and harassment allegations. Ann represents her clients in front of administrative agencies, such as Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, and in arbitration, as well as state and federal courts.  She has had successful jury trials obtaining defense verdicts on sexual harassment, gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and retaliation claims.  Ann has also litigated and enforced restrictive covenants on behalf of employers and litigated other commercial disputes.  Ann frequently speaks and writes articles on various employment law topics and is a trained and experienced mediator hired by other attorneys to assist in resolving cases.

Since 2010, Ann has been listed in Chambers USA® as a leading attorney in the area of Labor and Employment in the State of Iowa. In Best Lawyers of America®, Ann has been listed in the areas of Litigation - Labor and Employment (2013); Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management (2012); Labor and Employment Law (2011) and Labor and Employment Law (2010) for the State of Iowa.

Ann is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State (Member, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections) and American (Member, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations. She is a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys, where she served as its President in 2006 after serving on its Board in various capacities since 2000.

Ann received her B.S. degree in history from Iowa State University in 1995 and her J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1998. She was admitted to the Iowa bar, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998.  After graduation, Ann clerked for Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Harris until she entered private practice in August of 1999.

Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyBS 1995Drake UniversityJ.D. 1998
Polk County Bar AssociationIowa State Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationPolk County Women AttorneysNational Conference of Women's Bar AssociationWomen's Chamber Alliance

Case History

Schmit v. Iowa Machine Shed Co. - 2006 WL 2872994 (Iowa Ct.App. 2006) — Successfully obtained summary judgment for employer on claim of wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
DeLeon v. Iowa Select Farms, Inc. - 699 N.W.2d 684 (Iowa Ct.App. 2005) — Successfully obtained summary judgment for employer on national origin discrimination and workers' compensation retaliation claims.

Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Case — Tried gender discrimination and retaliation case to jury verdict in favor of employer.
Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation Case — Tried pregnancy discrimination and retaliation case to jury verdict in favor of employer.

Non-Solicitation Agreement — Obtained a temporary injunction enforcing a non-solicitation agreement on behalf of an employer against a former employee and was awarded $10,000 in attorney fees.

Breach of Contract / Uniform Commercial Code — Won $97,000 jury verdict for a local business regarding a breach of contract and defeating a counterclaim attacking the quality of the client's merchandise and raising issues under the Uniform Commercial Code.
Real Estate Transaction — Obtained summary judgment and attorney fees in matter involving specific performance of a real estate transaction.

Commercial Arbitrations on Behalf of Franchisees and Securities Brokers — Several commercial arbitrations on behalf of franchisees and securities brokers, as well as arbitration in front of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.

Client Comments

"Ann has developed true expertise in this area of practice. I like her connection to HR professionals in the community, and her commitment to educate these professionals on the latest developments. Additionally, she has a great sense of humor and professional style."

-Lynsey Oster
VP Administration
Continental Western Group

Office Location

Ruan Center, Suite 2000
666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-2510
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Female