Sheila K. Tipton - Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville & Schoenebaum, P.L.C.

Sheila K. Tipton

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991

Sheila K. Tipton is a member of BrownWinick and is Chair of the firm's Energy Practice Group. She primarily practices in the areas of administrative law and the law of essential infrastructure, representing energytelecommunications and water public utilitiesrenewable energy developers and customers, as well as other business entities. Sheila’s expertise includes certification, siting, ratemaking, rulemaking, merger, reorganization, compliance and other litigated and appellate proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies and in the state and federal courts.  

Sheila is listed in The Best Lawyers of America® in the areas of Energy, Communications and Administrative Law and was awarded Best Lawyers’ 2012 Des Moines Communications Law Lawyers of the Year.

Sheila has been involved in numerous community and professional activities, including the American Bar Association and its Public Utility Section Electricity Subcommittee, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association, the Drake University Law School Board of Counselors, the Polk County Legal Aid Society Board of Directors, the Polk County Legal Aid Society and the Des Moines Downtown Community Alliance.

Sheila has been a contributor to the Energy Bar Journal and American Bar Association’s Section of Public Utility Law Annual Reports. She has given presentations on topics such as utility antitrust issues and the evolution of energy policy at the state level.

Prior to joining BrownWinick, Sheila served as a Member of the Iowa Utilities Board from August, 2013 to April, 2015.  In that capacity, she was a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners  (NARUC), serving on its Telecommunications and Critical Infrastructure Committees and was a NARUC representative on the Federal Communications Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperablity Council (CSRIC).  Sheila was also a member of Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC). Prior to serving on the Iowa Utilities Board, Sheila was in private practice.

Sheila earned her B.S. degree from Ohio University and her J.D. degree, with honors, from Drake University.

Ohio UniversityDrake University Law SchoolJ.D. 1980
Polk County Bar AssociationIowa State Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationEnergy Bar Association

Case History

City of Coralville v. Iowa Utilities Board and City of Coralville v. MidAmerican Energy Co.City of Coralville v. Iowa Utilities Bd., 750 N.W. 2d 523 (Iowa 2008) and City of Coralville v. MidAmerican Energy Co., 752 N.W. 2d 23 (Iowa 2008) (appeal involving utility tariff mandating that municipality’s residents bear the cost of undergrounding utility facilities)
City of Everly, et al. v. Interstate Power & Light Co.City of Everly, et al v. Interstate Power & Light Co.
Docket Nos. SPU-06-5 – 06-9 (Iowa U.B. 2008) (municipalization)
Iowa-American Water Co. (water utility rate cases)Iowa-American Water Co., Docket No. RPU-2011-0001 (Iowa Utilities Bd. 2012) and
Iowa-American Water Co., Docket No. RPU-2009-0004 (Iowa Utilities Bd. 2009) (water utility rate cases)
Crystal Lake Wind, LLCCrystal Lake Wind, LLC
Docket Nos. E-21830 – 21833, 208 WL 2314823 (Iowa U.B. 2008) (transmission line franchise for wind generation station)

Client Comments

"I have worked with Sheila Tipton for over 20 years on a wide range of legal issues. She is one of the most talented, conscientious, and hard-working lawyers I know. Ms. Tipton is very personable, has great communication skills, and is very effective in the court room. She is quick to grasp challenging issues and is very timely and efficient in producing high quality work products. I could not recommend anyone more highly than I recommend Sheila Tipton. Chuck Montgomery"

-Charles "Chuck" Montgomery
Managing Senior Attorney
MidAmerican Energy Company

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Administrative / Regulatory Law of the Des Moines Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Communications Law of the Des Moines Metro Area
Sheila K. Tipton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Sheila K. Tipton has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Communications Law (Telecommunications)
Energy Law (Administrative, Coal, Electricity, Legislative, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Public Utility, Regulatory, Transactions, Water)
Water Law

Other Information

Gender: Female