Davis Brown Law Firm attorney Scott M. Brennan received the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute's A. Arthur Davis Distinguished Community Leadership Award on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at The Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. This recognition is unique in the fact A. Arthur Davis (1928-1997), name partner of the Davis Brown Law Firm, established the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute in 1979 to train local leaders. Since then, 1,500 participants have gone through this program, which has produced some of Des Moines' most respected leaders.
Scott is a senior shareholder in the firm's Litigation Division. He has a litigation practice, representing clients in Construction Litigation, Business Litigation, and Administrative Matters.
He served as Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party as the state kicked off the 2008 Presidential Caucuses with a resounding success story for the state and President Barak Obama. As the face and voice of the Iowa Democratic Party during the 2008 elections, he helped build a strong coalition with the Republican Party to assume retention of Iowa's first in the nation status for 2008, while managing a difficult debate with New Hampshire's leadership over caucus positioning. The Iowa Democratic caucuses were a resounding success with a record turnout of 240,000, doubling the previous record in 2004.
After graduation from Grinnell College, he served for several years as an aide to United States Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C. After completing law school at the University of Iowa, he established his legal practice with Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C. Within the firm he has held numerous leadership positions including President of the Board of Directors for 2004 and 2005. He has been recognized by Iowa Super Lawyers 2009. Brennan continues to be active in his community and profession; recognized as a Forty Under 40 by the Des Moines Business Record in 2001, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute graduate in 2002, President of the Polk County Bar Association in 2008-2009, and Leadership Iowa graduate in 2000.