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Employment Lawyer and Community Leader Elizabeth Coonan Joins Davis Brown Law Firm - January 6, 2021


Beth Coonan joins Davis Brown Law Firm as a shareholder attorney in the Labor and Employment and Immigration Departments.

Beth is an experienced labor and employment and immigration lawyer assisting businesses across a variety of industries including technology, manufacturing, and agriculture.

“We are excited to add Beth to our team. Her employer-centered, pragmatic advice and her deep community roots are a great fit with our approach to serving clients,” said Davis Brown Labor and Employment Department Chair, Jo Ellen Whitney, “I have always admired Beth’s approach to the law and client service and am pleased to get to work with her.”

Before joining the Davis Brown team, Beth practiced at BrownWinick Law Firm for over 15 years where she was the Employment Practice Group Chair.

"I joined Davis Brown for the opportunity to serve my clients alongside an incredibly capable team of professionals with access to the best national and global resources,” Coonan said. “Excited doesn't begin to describe how I feel about this decision, a decision I know will benefit my clients immensely." 

In addition to employment law, Beth guides employers through the business visa process and also advises on policies and procedures related to immigration. “Beth will add depth to our immigration team,” said Immigration Department Chair, Lori Chesser, “especially in I-9 and employer compliance given her background in both employment and employment-based immigration.”

Beth is an active community leader and volunteer. She focuses on mental health and improving conditions for women and girls across Iowa. Beth currently serves on several boards including Chair of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Young Women’s Resource Center, House of Mercy, and the Iowa Department of Human Rights.

Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science and international studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 2002, she graduated from Drake University Law School with honors, where she was an editor of the Drake University Journal of Agricultural Law. Beth currently serves on the Drake University Law School Board of Counselors.