Firm Profile

Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville and Schoenebaum, P.L.C.


Ruan Center, Suite 2000
666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States
(515) 242.2400

Firm Details

In 1951, a tax-law specialty firm opened its doors in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Its modest size hid lofty ambitions: to help its clients build on a strong foundation, and to put businesses from Iowa, the Midwest and around the country on a powerful footing for growth and competitive success.

Today those ambitions continue to act as our compass. BrownWinick has grown to become one of the region's preeminent business-focused law firms, boasting a broad range of legal services and an impressive client list that includes both large, well-known corporations and energetic start-ups.

As BrownWinick has grown, the firm's areas of practice have also grown to better serve the varied and ever-changing needs of our clients in a rapidly evolving regulatory and business environment. From our roots in tax law, the firm has expanded into areas including litigation/trial law, agribusiness, banking, construction law, government relations, securities law, pensions and profit sharing, administrative law, environmental law, health law, business and corporate law, employment and labor law, workers' compensation law, bankruptcy law, public utility regulation - energy and telecommunications, international business transactions, real estate law, wills, estate and probate law, patent, trademarks and copyright law.

The firm's client base has grown and expanded, as well. BrownWinick serves as counsel to service, manufacturing, and commercial corporations, health care providers, doctors, governmental agencies and quasi-governmental agencies, banks, bank holding companies and other financial institutions, corporations and partnerships, trade associations, construction, renewable fuels, agribusiness, pharmaceutical and nutriceutical, retail, insurance, real estate and estates and trusts. Our attorneys represent entities and individuals in numerous facets of the law, including corporate, commercial, transactional, labor, securities and litigation matters.

BrownWinick's firm commitment to business makes us more than a source of sound, skilled legal counsel. It makes us a powerful strategic partner, one with the vision, perspective and commitment to position your business for the challenges you face today — and on the road ahead.


Christopher R. Sackett
Managing Partner

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Iowa in Communications Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Iowa in Energy Law with 2 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Des Moines in Communications Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Des Moines in Energy Law with 2 lawyers


  • Chambers USA - 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America - 2013
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2013 (James Pray)
  • Best Law Firms - 2013
  • Top Ranked Law Firm - 2013 - LexisNexis
  • Best Law Firms - 2014
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers - 2013
  • Great Plains Rising Stars - 2013
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition - 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America - 2014
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Best Law Firms - 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America - 2015
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2012 (Douglas Gross)
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2012 (Alice E. Helle)
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2014 (Ronni F. Begleiter)
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2014 (G. Brian Pingel)
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2014 (Brenton D. Soderstrum)
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2014 (Philip E. Stoffregen)
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2015 (William C. Brown)
  • Lawyer of the Year - 2015 (Kelly D. Hamborg)
  • Chambers USA - 2013
  • Chambers USA - 2014
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition - 2014
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers - 2014
  • Great Plains Rising Stars - 2014


Rebecca A. Brommel
Administrative Law
Brian McCormac
Advertising Law
Michael R. Blaser
John D. Hunter
Banking/Financial Institutes
Cynthia Boyle Lande
Business and Corporate Law
Brian P. Rickert
Construction Law
Miranda Hughes
Corporate Finance and Securities Law
Matthew McKinney
Data Security and Privacy
Cynthia Boyle Lande
Employee Benefits
Elizabeth Coonan
Employment and Labor Law
James L. Pray
Environmental Law
Christopher R. Sackett
Franchise Law
Joe Leo
Growth Capital
Catherine C. Cownie
Health Law
Catherine C. Cownie
Healthcare Providers
John Hunter
Rachel T. Rowley
International Business Transactions
Michael A. Dee
Litigation / Trial Law
William C. Brown
Mark Roth
Nonprofits and Planned Giving
Camille L. Urban
Patent, Trademark and Copyright
Alice E. Helle
Pensions and Profit Sharing
Kelly D. Hamborg
Real Estate Law
Thomas D. Johnson
Renewable Fuels
Drew Larson
Paul E. Carey
Taxation Law
Elizabeth A. Coonan
Workers' Compensation Laws
Karen Karr
Real Estate

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Advertising Law
  • Agriculture Law
  • Animal Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Collaborative Law: Family Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Communications Law
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Patent Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Tax Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Utilities Law
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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Des Moines, IA

Ruan Center, Suite 2000

666 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

United States

(515) 242.2400

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616 Franklin Place

Pella, IA 50219

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