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43 Davis Brown attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 - August 15, 2018

Forty-three Davis Brown attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 25th 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.


Four attorneys were also recognized by their peers as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas:

  • William A. Boatwright, Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Robert J. Douglas, Banking and Finance Law
  • Joseph A. Happe, Litigation - Insurance
  • Becky S. Knutson, Administrative/Regulatory Law

The following 43 attorneys are listed as “Best Lawyer” in their practice areas:

  • Jeffrey A. Baker, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • William A. Boatwright, Non-Profit / Charities Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Judith “Lynn” R. Böes, Health Care Law
  • Scott M. Brennan, Commercial Litigation
  • Michele L. Brott, Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Frank J. Carroll, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and 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 “Beau” A. Gamble, Banking and Finance Law
  • Tara Z. Hall, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Joseph A. Happe, Litigation - Insurance
  • Kent A. Herink, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Litigation - Patent
  • Thomas J. Houser, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates
  • Julie Johnson McLean, Banking and Finance Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Christopher P. Jannes, Commercial Litigation
  • Becky S. Knutson, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Education Law, and Employment Law – Management
  • Michael G. Kulik, Corporate Law and Utilities Law
  • Gene R. La Suer, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • 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
  • Michael C. Richards, Litigation - Insurance
  • Jason M. Ross, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • John D. Shors, Corporate Law, Health Care Law, and Tax Law
  • Craig Sieverding, Health Care Law
  • Jason M. Stone, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, and Tax Law
  • Courtney Strutt Todd, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Christopher S. Talcott, Real Estate Law
  • Deborah M. Tharnish, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Stanley J. Thompson, Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Antitrust
  • Kris Holub Tilley, Employment Law - Management
  • 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
  • Jana Weiler, Trusts and Estates
  • 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 83,000 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."