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32 Davis Brown attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 - August 15, 2016

Thirty-two Davis Brown attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the Des Moines metropolitan area in their respective fields. Selection is based on an annual peer-review survey in which more than 79,000 attorneys cast almost 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of other attorneys in their practice areas around the country.


The following 32 attorneys are listed as “Best Lawyer” in their practice areas:

  • William A. Boatwright, Non-Profit / Charities Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Judith “Lynn” R. Böes, Health Care Law
  • Frank J. Carroll, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Tax Law
  • Lori T. Chesser, Immigration Law
  • Robert J. Douglas, Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law
  • David M. Erickson, Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law
  • Beverly Evans, Corporate Law
  • Susan J. Freed, Health Care Law
  • Robert A. Gamble, Banking and Finance Law
  • Joseph A. Happe, Litigation - Insurance
  • Kent A. Herink, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation - Patent
  • Robert F. Holz, Communications Law, Energy Law and Health Care Law
  • Thomas J. Houser, Trusts and Estates
  • Julie Johnson McLean, Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Becky S. Knutson, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Education Law, Employment Law – Management
  • Michael G. Kulik, Corporate Law and Utilities Law
  • Gene R. La Suer, Employment Law – Management and Labor Law - Management
  • Matthew E. Laughlin, Litigation – Real Estate and Real Estate Law
  • Sharon K. Malheiro, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Jodie Clark McDougal, Construction Law
  • Gary M. Myers, Real Estate Law
  • Stephen W. Roberts, Corporate Law and Government Relations Practice
  • John D. Shors, Corporate Law, Health Care Law and Tax Law
  • Jason M. Stone, Corporate Law and Tax Law
  • Deborah M. Tharnish, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Stanley J. Thompson, Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Antitrust
  • Margaret Van Houten, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates
  • David B. VanSickel, Public Finance Law
  • Mark D. Walz, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Kendall R. Watkins, Health Care Law
  • Jo Ellen Whitney, Employment Law – Management and Health Care Law
  • Jonathan C. Wilson, Litigation – Real Estate and Real Estate Law


About Best Lawyers®

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 79,000 leading attorneys are eligible to vote, and more than 12 million votes have been received to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."