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Elizabeth Coonan

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Commission Vice-Chair
Des Moines, IA

Elizabeth was appointed to serve on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women in 2011. She also serves on the Iowa Department of Human Rights Board.  Elizabeth is active in the Des Moines community, serving as  a member of the Board of Directors of House of Mercy and 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 is a member of BrownWinick and serves as Co-Chair of BrownWinick's Employment Law practice group. She 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 litigation. 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 courts and administrative bodies, such as the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation. Elizabeth also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums and is a certified mediator.  Elizabeth has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012 for her work in the area of workers' compensation law and was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for her work in the area of Employment Law in 2013. Beth is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She serves as a Drake Law Women Advisory Board Member and is a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. 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 is admitted to the Iowa bar and is 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.