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Fifteen Davis Brown Attorneys among Best in 2019 Chambers USA Iowa Rankings - April 29, 2019

The Davis Brown Law Firm has once again been recognized as one of Iowa’s leading law firms by Chambers USA, a global organization and renowned legal directory. 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

Frank J. Carroll was recognized as a Senior Statesperson, one of the highest possible individual attorney rankings, in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Frank has provided his business clients with outstanding legal work for over 45 years. Along the way, he dedicated thousands of hours teaching law schools classes and served as president of the Iowa State Bar Association.

Christopher S. Talcott was ranked as an “Up and Coming” real estate attorney. Chris helps clients across Iowa on a variety of real estate and business issues and projects, including multiple high-profile wind energy projects.

Practice Area Rankings


Litigation: General Commercial

Real Estate

Labor and Employment

Litigation: Insurance

Individual Attorney Rankings


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

Real Estate

Robert J. Douglas

David M. Erickson

Gary M. Myers

Christopher S. Talcott  

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.