Danielle D. Smid

Danielle Dixon Smid is a member of BrownWinick and is actively involved in the firm's Employment practice group

Danielle's employment practice includes counseling employers in human resources policies and procedures; unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower issues; FMLA; Iowa state and federal wage and hour issues; reduction in forces; union avoidance; restrictive covenants (non-competes, non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements); discipline and termination issues; and drug testing policies and procedures. She conducts management training concerning drug testing and personnel issues and has served as an investigator for clients regarding misconduct, discrimination and harassment allegations.  Danielle has appeared in front of numerous administrative agencies such as Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Civil Rights Commission as well as state and federal courts on behalf of clients. In addition, Danielle has represented clients in employment related mediations and arbitrations. Danielle is a frequent speaker on employment related issues for clients, human resources and other professionals and has written several articles in regard to the same.


  • Iowa State University (B.S.)
  • Drake University (J.D., with honors)


  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa
  • U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Wisconsin Bar


  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


In 1951, a tax-law specialty firm opened its doors in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Its modest size hid lofty ambitions: to help its clients build on a strong foundation, and to put businesses from Iowa, the Midwest and around the country on a powerful footing for growth and competitive success.

Today, half a century later, those ambitions continue to act as our compass. BrownWinick has grown to become one of the region's preeminent business-focused law firms, boasting a broad range of legal services and an impressive client list that includes both large, well-known corporations and energetic start-ups.

As BrownWinick has grown, the firm's areas of practice have also grown to better serve the varied and ever-changing needs of our clients in a rapidly evolving regulatory and business environment. From our roots in tax law, the firm has expanded into areas including litigation/trial law, agribusiness, banking, construction law, government relations, securities law, pensions and profit sharing, administrative law, environmental law, health law, business and corporate law, employment and labor law, workers' compensation law, bankruptcy law, public utility regulation - energy and telecommunications, international business transactions, real estate law, wills, estate and probate law, patent, trademarks and copyright law.

The firm's client base has grown and expanded, as well. BrownWinick serves as counsel to service, manufacturing, and commercial corporations, health care providers, doctors, governmental agencies and quasi-governmental agencies, banks, bank holding companies and other financial institutions, corporations and partnerships, trade associations, construction, renewable fuels, agribusiness, pharmaceutical and nutriceutical, retail, insurance, real estate and estates and trusts. Our attorneys represent entities and individuals in numerous facets of the law, including corporate, commercial, transactional, labor, securities and litigation matters.

BrownWinick's firm commitment to business makes us more than a source of sound, skilled legal counsel. It makes us a powerful strategic partner, one with the vision, perspective and commitment to position your business for the challenges you face today - and on the road ahead.


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