Douglas E. Gross is a member of BrownWinick. Doug has served on the firm's Management Committee as Managing Member. Doug has extensive expertise in the corporate and government relations areas of law. He has provided business and legal assistance to numerous organizations to assist them in achieving their goals. Doug has experience with the initial organization ofagricultural operations, legislative and governmental agency representation, including regulatory matters and economic development opportunities.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Doug served as Chief of Staff to Governor Terry Branstad, Director of Business and Finance at the Iowa State Board of Regents, Administrative Assistant to Governor Robert D. Ray, Director of Fuels Division of the Iowa Energy Policy Council, Chief Legislative Assistant and Campaign Co-Manager for Congressman Tom Tauke, Legislative Field Director for the Iowa Republican Party and Legislative Intern to the Iowa General Assembly.
Doug has extensive campaign experience in Iowa, including involvement in numerous successful gubernatorial, congressional, and state legislative campaigns. Doug served as co-chair of President George W. Bush's finance effort in Iowa and Chairman of Governor Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
Doug was the 2002 Republican nominee for Governor of Iowa.
Doug received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1977 and his J.D., with honors, from Drake University in 1985. Doug was a Lydia C. Roberts fellow at Columbia University's School of International Affairs. Since 2005, Doug has been selected as a leader in Iowa for inclusion in Chambers USA® in the area of corporate/M&A. In 2010 Doug was selected for inclusion Best Lawyers® for his Government Relations practice and in 2012 was named Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations. Doug was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1986.
McBra, Inc. Ruling — BrownWinick attorneys received favorable ruling in a judicial review action for clients Tom and Rhonda Brakke and their company McBra, Inc. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources attempted to put an “Emergency Order” in place requiring the Brakkes to maintain a fence and to allow DNR officials on their property months after the Brakkes had completed an agreement to depopulate their hunting preserve located in Davis County, Iowa. At the time of the Emergency Order, the Brakkes had withdrawn their registration as a hunting preserve. The Brakkes alleged that the DNR did not have jurisdiction to issue the Emergency Order. After a multi-day contested case hearing, Administrative Law Judge Heather Palmer agreed with the Brakkes and held that DNR did not have jurisdiction. The Natural Resource Commission reversed the Administrative Law Judge’s opinion, and the Brakkes then appealed to District Court in Polk County. Hon. Dennis J. Stovall agreed with the Administrative Law Judge’s opinion and held that DNR did not have jurisdiction to enter the Emergency Order. DNR has filed an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. Upon filing the appeal, DNR also requested a stay and asked that the Brakkes be required to comply with the Emergency Order despite the Court’s ruling that it had no jurisdiction. The District Court denied DNR’s Motion for Stay.
Royal Financial v. Iowa Lottery, State of Iowa — Represented Royal Financial in a lawsuit against the State of Iowa and the Iowa Lottery involving the TouchPlay lottery program. After the State authorized the creation of the TouchPlay program, Royal Financial invested substantial amounts to purchase, install and maintain over 1,700 TouchPlay machines statewide. The State banned the program less than a year later causing Royal Financial to lose much of its investment.