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Jonathan C. Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is a senior member of the Davis Brown Law Firm in the Business Division. His real estate practice encompasses all aspects of real estate, including sale, purchase, financing, taxation, tax appeals, tax exemptions, condemnations, land use planning/zoning, development, construction, and management. 

Commercial and Residential Real Estate

Jonathan’s law practice involves both commercial and residential real estate.  He has been involved in converting properties to condominium ownership and cooperative ownership, as well as a number of other, alternative ownership forms and he also has a real estate brokerage license.

He was responsible for establishing the first “air rights” projects in the state of Iowa, involving the creation of an elevated horizontal plane within a single structure with separate ownership interests above and below that plane and easements for necessary support and access. He represents developers, owners, managers, and homeowner associations.

He regularly drafts or reviews easements, covenants, development agreements, options, rights of first refusal, purchase agreements, and leases. He is occasionally involved in working with the legislature on a variety of subjects and was instrumental in drafting various Iowa statutes relating to residential and mobile home park landlord and tenant law.


In addition, Jonathan’s practice encompasses a wide variety of general contract matters, including non-compete agreements, license agreements, employment agreements, independent contractor and subcontractor agreements, and surrogate parenting arrangements.

Besides his representation of private individuals and businesses, Jonathan also serves as general counsel to the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, a consortium of all of the central Iowa cities and counties that is charged with the responsibility of transportation planning in the area. He provides advice and counsel on all legal matters that arise in that endeavor, including the Iowa Open Meetings and Public Records laws, as well as guidance on matters of parliamentary procedure.

Jonathan also takes great pride in his responsiveness to clients and client needs. In his law practice, he most enjoys opportunities for creativity in achieving worthy client objectives.