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.

Nearly 70 years 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. We are a blend of tradition and innovation. Timeless values and new ways of doing. Focused aggression and honest practicality. Our firm is grounded in proven methods and a consistent track-record of success, but we’re willing to make bold moves when the time is right. Our attorneys are creative, business-savvy and highly specialized. With decades of experience, we know your industry inside and out. We’re not afraid to speak up, either. We bring an informed perspective to the table and create sophisticated solutions to your problems. We use every tool in our playbook, from powerful connections to out-of-the-box thinking, to help you make the right call and achieve your goals. Having the right partner means making the right decisions.

Our approach is founded on a simple truth: Every legal decision is a business decision, and every business decision is a legal decision. To make the right choice, you have to understand all of your options, and you have to examine them through a legal and business perspective. Our attorneys not only protect your interests from a legal perspective; we use the law as a tool to help you achieve your goals and put your business in a stronger competitive position in the marketplace. We leverage our connections and our industry-specific expertise to be your valuable partner, studying your business and anticipating your needs. We bring the courage, vision and understanding that you would expect from a good business partner and complement it with deep legal knowledge, so you can be bold and be wise. That’s BrownWinick.

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