Michele L. Warnock Brott
Michele is a shareholder of the firm’s Litigation Division, with an emphasis in labor and employment and business litigation. Michele represents employers across the spectrum, from small, local businesses to large multi-state employers, including start-ups, franchises, and large corporations to mitigate liability.
Michele is a trial lawyer who also advises and educates management about employee policies; including hiring, discipline and discharge. She defends employment claims and provides legal guidance related to:
- Civil Rights Claims (Iowa Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
- Drug Testing
- Wage & Hour Claims
- Unemployment Claims
A variety of insurance companies hire Michele to defend lawsuits and claims involving personal injury, product liability, asbestos exposure, construction defect claims, and coverage disputes, including bad faith insurance claims. Michele regularly speaks and advises regarding Medicare and Medicaid lien recovery, related to liability claims.
Michele has litigated contract disputes in all levels of state and federal courts. She is experienced in obtaining judgments for breached contracts and execution methods to ensure judgments are actually paid. Michele also drafts and defends issues such as:
- Non-compete clauses
- Non-solicit clauses
- Trade secrets and misappropriation claims
As part of the worker’s compensation department, Michele defends employers across various industries in litigated/disputed worker’s compensation claims. She advises employers on methods to avoid worker injuries and to mitigate and reduce risk in the workplace.
Michele has represented management companies and landlords in hundreds of disputes in Iowa. Michele’s experience with residential and commercial leases allows her to advise on more complicated policy matters such as Fair Housing compliance, assistance animals and other accommodations.