Elizabeth A. Coonan

Elizabeth A. Coonan is a member at BrownWinick. Elizabeth serves as Co-Chair of BrownWinick's Employment Law practice group.

Elizabeth represents clients in the areas of employment, workers' compensation and business immigration law. She assists employers in various aspects of their business including internal policy development and enforcement and workers' compensation strategy and prevention. Elizabeth counsels clients regarding discipline and termination situations and compliance with local, state and federal employment and civil rights laws and regulations. She represents clients in proceedings in front of various administrative bodies, such as the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation, as well as state and federal courts. Elizabeth also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums.


Elizabeth was included in The Best Lawyers in America(R) 18th and 19th Editions for her work in the area of workers' compensation law on behalf of employers. She is also a certified mediator.


Beth is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State (Workers' Compensation and Labor and Employment Law Sections) Bar Associations, a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys and a Drake Law Women Advisory Board Member. Elizabeth is active in the community as a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Board of Directors of House of Mercy. She also serves on the Broadlawns Advocacy Circle. She previously served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Young Women's Resource Center, is a graduate of and a past member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, served as the Strategic Planning Director and Fund Development Director for the Junior League of Des Moines, and has served other non-profit organizations in varying capacities.


Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her J.D., with honors, from Drake University. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2002 and subsequently admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.



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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