Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is a general practice law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Our attorneys provide a full range of legal and business counseling services to a client base that includes large corporations, small businesses, governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations with interests in Iowa.

At the Dickinson law firm, we have guided many employers through developing policies and procedures regarding employee and job applicant drug and alcohol testing. This includes private sector drug and alcohol testing under Iowa Code § 730.5, federal FMCSA testing for drivers and those in safety sensitive positions, or public sector employee drug and alcohol testing in circumstances that satisfy federal and state constitutional concerns regarding unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as due process.…
Recently, the Iowa Department of Revenue issued informal guidance regarding Iowa’s sales tax exemption for purchases of computers by a commercial enterprise. I have previously discussed Iowa’s computer sales tax exemption here and here. The informal guidance, in some cases, contradicts previous guidance provided by the Department and relied upon by taxpayers, and in other cases, is confusing.  Notable contradictions are as follows: The Department’s guidance indicates surveillance or security cameras are taxable. The Department…
Although some divorces cannot escape conflict, you and your spouse may have an idea of how you would like to separate your assets and divide custody of your children in an amicable way. In Iowa, a family law attorney cannot represent both you and your spouse, but you can use one attorney to draft your divorce agreement. This can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees while providing you with the peace of mind…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys have been named as Shareholders in the firm. Regan Wilson practices in family law and general civil litigation. Her family law practice focuses on child custody and complex property dispute matters. Wilson also works with general civil litigation clients in contract disputes, construction disputes, business dissolutions and employment law. She has extensive trial experience in the fifth, second, and eighth judicial districts in Iowa.…
Pictured clockwise from top left: Ron Mountsier, President; Melissa Schilling, Secretary; Mollie Pawlosky, Vice President; John Lande, Vice President; and Amy Plummer, Treasurer. Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. is pleased to announce its 2021 Board of Directors. This year marks the first time for the firm that a majority of its Board is comprised of women attorneys. Ron Mountsier was re-elected as President of the firm. Mountsier is engaged in general practice and focuses…
In Episode #9 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Chris Draper of Trokt, a cloud-based platform founded in Des Moines, Iowa. The company’s service, primarily tailored toward law firms, utilizes blockchain technologies to trace original documents via “thumbprints,” ensuring a document’s origin and contents remain undisputed throughout the document’s lifetime. “What is blockchain really?” This episode is for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, as Chris explains blockchain in the way we all truly need: understandably. Prepare to…
In Episode #9 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Chris Draper of Trokt, a cloud-based platform founded in Des Moines, Iowa. The company’s service, primarily tailored toward law firms, utilizes blockchain technologies to trace original documents via “thumbprints,” ensuring a document’s origin and contents remain undisputed throughout the document’s lifetime. “What is blockchain really?” This episode is for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, as Chris explains blockchain in the way we all truly need: understandably. Prepare to…
In Episode #8 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Professor Christina Bohannan about innovation in Iowa and how to keep innovators, younger generations, and startups in Iowa. You won’t want to miss this new episode of our podcast co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli. Beyond Juris is Iowa’s only syndicated legal podcast in the market. LISTEN NOW. You can also stream it on the new podcast page of our website or find it on your favorite app:  …
In Episode #8 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Professor Christina Bohannan about innovation in Iowa and how to keep innovators, younger generations, and startups in Iowa. You won’t want to miss this new episode of our podcast co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli. Beyond Juris is Iowa’s only syndicated legal podcast in the market. LISTEN NOW. You can also stream it on the new podcast page of our website or find it on your favorite app:  …
Step One: Secure your trademark Step Two: Enforce your trademark Many start-up companies in the initial stages of developing their brands understand the importance of engaging in Step One and securing their trademark(s). They invest real time and money in creating their brand name, surveying state and national ledgers to ensure their desired trademark is not already actively used, securing a domain name for their online presence, designing and purchasing advertising materials containing their new…