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…
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…
The recent article Wall Street Journal titled Farm Belt Bankruptcies are Soaring, notes that “a wave of bankruptcies is sweeping the U.S. Farm Belt as trade disputes add pain to the low commodity prices that have been grinding down American farmers for years.”  The article also notes that bankruptcy filings have doubled since 2008 in the regions covered by the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes the states of Iowa, Illinois,…
Ag producers have been caught in the 2018 trade war cross-fire, increasing the number of Midwest Ag loans with payment problems to its highest level since 2002.    What are you doing to address and avoid potential agricultural lending issues?   Dickinson’s 2019 Avoiding Aggravation in Ag Lending webinar highlights the items you need to monitor when it comes to agricultural loans.     Please join us January 23 at noon CST for this educational webinar.
Contractors hired to work on Mandelbaum’s new tower—“The Fifth”—need to be familiar with Iowa’s mechanics’ lien law if they want to protect their mechanics’ lien rights. The Des Moines Register reports that construction may begin soon on the proposed 33 story tower at 5th Avenue between Walnut Street and Court Avenue. Many contractors will be involved in construction, and contractors will need to be careful to ensure that they protect their mechanics’ lien rights. This…
Earlier this week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed by a corporation on behalf of its former board members. The company, Sino Clean Energy, Inc. produces coal-water slurry in China.  In May of 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission deregistered Sino after it suddenly stopped filing required financial information. Sino was later suspended from the NASDAQ as well. Then, a group of shareholders stepped…
Dickinson Law is pleased to announce that 18 of the firms’ attorneys have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Our attorneys’ commitment to client service and legal excellence has been recognized across 28 areas of law and our attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers have amassed over 170 years of recognition. Please join us in congratulating the…
Like people, all businesses have baggage. For new or small business owners, constantly carrying corporate debt can be overwhelming. When it becomes too much, owners might consider scrapping their indebted entity and transferring its assets to a new one to avoid paying creditors. Not surprisingly, Iowa courts see through these transfers and will hold the new entity liable for the old entity’s debts if certain conditions exist. These conditions were discussed in a July 2018…
Since the tariff announcements, soybean futures are down 20 percent and pork futures are declining.  Meanwhile, the Trump administration has announced a three-part plan to help offset the economic uncertainty the trade war is bringing to Iowa’s agriculture industry. Will it be enough?  As the rapid price changes affect more and more producers, now is the time to protect your bank by buttoning up your agriculture loan files. The attorneys at Dickinson Law are able…
Since the tariff announcements, soybean futures are down 20 percent and pork futures are declining.  Meanwhile, the Trump administration has announced a three-part plan to help offset the economic uncertainty the trade war is bringing to Iowa’s agriculture industry. Will it be enough?  As the rapid price changes affect more and more producers, now is the time to protect your bank by buttoning up your agriculture loan files. The attorneys at Dickinson Law are able…