Dentons Davis Brown Lawyers

With more than 75 lawyers serving clients in Des Moines, West Des Moines, and Ames, Iowa, Dentons Davis Brown lawyers offer practical, useful legal advice to help clients achieve their business goals. Known for their academic excellence, creativity, integrity, and motivation, our lawyers have been recognized by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, and as Best Law Firm in Des Moines for 15 consecutive years.

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Practice and Industry Sectors

With over 50 areas of law and a wide range of sector expertise that continues to expand, Dentons Davis Brown is the leading law firm in Iowa helping entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Areas of focus include:

Culture of Inclusion

Dentons Davis Brown supports fostering the professional and civic growth of attorneys and staff of all backgrounds. Recognizing that a diverse team can better address client needs, the firm endeavors to hire and retain individuals with a strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, and diverse talents and experiences. As a progressive law firm, Dentons Davis Brown was the first Iowa law firm to elect a female president, elect an openly gay, female president and offer health benefits to same-sex domestic partners five years before it was mandated.

In the Community

Dentons Davis Brown is proud to support the Technology Association of Iowa in the production of the Iowa Tech Policy Podcast. The podcast airs weekly, providing an exclusive look into technology-focused legislation at the Iowa Statehouse.

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About Dentons Davis Brown

Founded in 1929, Dentons Davis Brown grew despite the Great Depression and has continued its growth through other periods of significant economic disruption and social and generational change.

A full-service law firm from the beginning, the firm has always focused on providing quality legal services and exceptional client service, hiring the best people regardless of race, religion, or gender, and serving the communities in which we live and work. Founders Joseph Brody and former District Judge George Brammer were lawyers other law firms wouldn’t hire because they were Jewish. The two decided to create their own law firm and by the end of the 1930s, the firm expanded to eight lawyers - a large law firm for that time.

Over the next 40 years, the firm’s work expanded to the representation of major companies in the automobile, rail, manufacturing, communications, and healthcare industries. Clients knew they could rely on their Dentons Davis Brown lawyers for excellent quality legal work whether in the boardroom or the courtroom.

In the late 70s and early 80s, when the legal community was only beginning to hire women lawyers, and many firms hired only a single female lawyer, one of our named partners, A. Arthur Davis (1929-1997), believed in hiring the most talented person, regardless of gender. This commitment continues today as a cornerstone of who we are. Among major law firms in Iowa, Dentons Davis Brown ranks highest of female lawyers, with an almost 50-50 balance and similar representation in firm leadership and key firm committees.

Corporate Counsel Services

Dentons Davis Brown offers a wide spectrum of services designed for the unique needs of in-house corporate counsel. We can be of particular value in handling special projects, especially those important longer-term and preventative law projects that always seem to get bypassed for other, more time-sensitive matters. Our firm provides legal services at levels that grow with the needs of the company, without increasing employee headcounts in the company's legal department. We provide services on a part-time or full-time basis, either onsite or offsite, as best suits the client's needs. With flexible negotiated-fee arrangements, our fees are affordable and easy to budget.

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