Calling all artists! Applications are now being accepted for the Iowa Artists on Display program sponsored by Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. Artists selected for the program are provided with the opportunity to display their works within our law firm’s public reception areas and all client conference rooms at our headquarters in downtown Des Moines throughout 2020. Launched in 2013, the program has become an exciting part of the vibrant Des Moines art scene…
Eighteen years after the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, banks now face a new wave of compliance challenges obscured by a cloud of smoke. It started in Colorado, the first state to decriminalize marijuana at the state level. Of course, marijuana remains, as it has since 1970, on the Federal Schedule I list of controlled substances making it illegal under federal law. Banks were caught in the middle. There were new businesses that needed…
Register today!  Changes are coming to Iowa conservatorship law for financial institutions. To help community bankers understand what’s changing, Dickinson Law and Community Bankers of Iowa (CBI) will be hosting an educational webinar from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27th. Attorney David Gonzales has been following the issue closely and will be discussing how it will affect Iowa financial institutions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the event. Register
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that Andrea Rastelli has joined the firm. Andrea is a recent Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her legal training includes serving as an intern at John Deere Financial and Comcast Corporate, and as an extern at ACT where collectively she gained experience on issues such as…
In June, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) posted a new version of Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification in the Federal Register for public comment. The current Form I-9 was due to expire on August 31, 2019. Earlier this month USCIS advised employers to continue using the current Form I-9 until further notice. To keep up on current Form I-9 news, visit the USCIS website at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/whats-new.…
This blog has covered numerous cases of hackers impersonating parties to commercial transactions, and rerouting funds meant to pay for equipment or services. Fraudsters have impersonated high-level executives to induce accounting employees to transfer funds. Fraudsters impersonated a company’s vendor, and provided fraudulent wiring instructions for the company to send payments. That same kind of fraud led to litigation between a company and its insurance company over whether there was coverage for stolen payments.…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announced that attorney Bryan O’Neill has been chosen to receive the 2019 Rising Star Award from The Iowa Defense Counsel Association (IDCA). O’Neill, a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Law Group, will receive the award at the IDCA’s 55th annual meeting  on September 12th.   The award is the second year in a row that a Dickinson attorney has been honored; Cybersecurity, Data Breach & Privacy Practice Chair…
As a general rule, gambling income is taxable, and with the advent of sports wagering in Iowa, now is a good time to review the rules. Most people know that you can deduct your gambling losses, but only to the extent of your gambling income.  So if you win $1,000 on one wager, but lose $2,000 on another, you can only deduct $1,000.  Losses do not, however, directly offset winnings. The IRS requires that you…
A recent decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that even though there is nothing original about a banana, it may nevertheless be subject to copyright protection if it is sufficiently creative. The court applied the recent United States Supreme Court decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, which clarified when certain functional apparel may be subject to copyright protection. The Third Circuit applied that analysis to a highly-coveted banana costume. The dispute…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 19 of the firms’ attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Attorney F. Richard Lyford was also recognized by Best Lawyers® as the Litigation – Real Estate  “Lawyer of the Year” in Des Moines. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence and is the oldest and…