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Sixteen Davis Brown Attorneys among Best in 2018 Iowa Chambers and Partners Rankings - May 3, 2018

The Davis Brown Law Firm has once again been recognized as one of Iowa’s leading law firms in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA. The firm earned Band 1 top rankings in five practice areas and 15 Davis Brown attorneys were honored as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas.


New This Year

Beau Gamble was recognized as a Senior Statesman in the area of Corporate/M&A: Banking and Finance, the highest possible individual attorney ranking. Beau has practiced banking law for over 50 years, serves as General Counsel to the Iowa Bankers Association, and has represented many Iowa banks as they navigated the changing laws and regulations.


Deborah M. Tharnish is now recognized as Band 1 in Litigation and Labor & Employment. She is the only attorney in the state of Iowa to have two simultaneous Band 1 rankings. Deb helps employers across diverse industries with litigation and ongoing counsel. She was also the first female law firm president in the state of Iowa.


For the first time, Chambers and Partners included Iowa practitioners in their High Net Worth Guide. Davis Brown is recognized as Band 2 in Private Wealth Law and Trusts and Estates Department Chair Tom Houser and attorney Margaret Van Houten were also recognized. The department helps business owners, executives, and others with retirement planning, complex trust and estate planning, administration of these tools and also acts for clients in fiduciary and estate litigation matters.


Practice Area Rankings

Corporate/M&A

Litigation: General Commercial

Private Wealth Law

Labor and Employment

Litigation: Insurance

Real Estate


Individual Attorney Rankings

Corporate/M&A

Frank J. Carroll

Jason M. Stone

Corporate/M&A: Banking and Finance

Robert A. Gamble

Labor & Employment

Becky S. Knutson

Gene R. La Suer

Sharon K. Malheiro

Deborah M. Tharnish

Jo Ellen Whitney  

Labor & Employment: Immigration

Lori T. Chesser

Litigation: General Commercial

Holly M. Logan

Deborah M. Tharnish

Stanley J. Thompson

Private Wealth Law

Thomas J. Houser

Margaret Van Houten

Real Estate

Robert J. Douglas

David M. Erickson

Gary M. Myers


How Chambers Works

Using client and peer interviews conducted by a team of more than 170 full-time researchers, Chambers USA ranks law firms and individual lawyers in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. Rankings are based on technical legal abilities, professional conduct, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and the level of client service they have performed in addition to other qualities valued most by clients.


Based in London, Chambers & Partners is one of the premier directories for legal services. In a survey of 20,000 in-house counsel, more than half reported it is their directory of choice when reviewing law firms and individual lawyers.