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Attorney Stephen W. Roberts Featured in Inside Counsel Magazine - October 19, 2007

Stephen W. Roberts, Shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm, was featured in Inside Counsel magazine's September 2007 edition. He was the subject of a success story in the article "When to Turn to a Law Firm for Lobbying."



Success Story
For the past several years, Davis Brown has been involved in most major tax legislation passed in Iowa. For example, we helped a major Iowa health care system obtain a sales tax exemption in connection with their hospital operations. However, this exemption was not intended to cover hospital construction projects. Later on, two separate Iowa hospitals obtained informal letter opinions from the Iowa Department of Revenue stating that construction purchases were not subject to sales tax. Subsequently, the Department reversed itself, but not before the two hospitals initiated projects without taking sales tax into account. Since the exemption could not be expanded, legislation was carefully drafted to specifically correct the inequitable result retroactively for the two hospitals in question, without expanding the exemption to other hospitals. This effort involved a combination of legal and lobbying expertise, which included constitutional, statutory, bonding, and contract matters as well as the explanation and marshalling of support for passage of corrective legislation. In summary, the client benefited from the firm's "one stop"  service-Davis Brown resolved the legal issues and used its lobbying expertise to secure legislative relief.

Overview of Government Affairs Practice
Davis Brown represents clients in the Iowa State Legislature on a wide range of legislative matters, including rule making. We also represent clients before various state agencies involving areas such as tax, environmental law, transportation, and utilities. In addition, we provide counsel relating to the passage of federal legislation. The firm has the current Democratic Party State Chair and the former Republican Party Chair among its members.


Inside Counsel Magazine, September 2007 edition.