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…
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 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…
Ever since the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) enacted its cybersecurity regulation for financial institutions and related organizations, other states have started to enact cybersecurity regulations of their own. South Carolina became the latest state to enact a version of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) model cybersecurity law, which is based on the NYDFS regulation. The model NAIC law applies to organizations that are required to comply with state insurance laws.…
  The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has released the “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” guide. The publication contains a comprehensive summary of cybersecurity threats for the healthcare industry, and technical details for mitigating those cybersecurity risks. The technical volumes in the publication are particularly helpful because they reference specific sections of the cybersecurity standards published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”). Organizations that are trying…
Chambers USA has given the Dickinson Law Firm five high rankings for practice areas in Iowa.  Dickinson was recognized for exceptional performance in: Real Estate, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A: Banking & Finance, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial. Firms were ranked in a limited number of categories and were evaluated by Chambers researchers and through peer review. In addition, Chambers researchers interviewed firm clients regarding their experiences with individual attorneys and practice areas. Thirteen…
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,…
As the Wall Street Journal reported this week, U.S. farm related Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings are at a ten-year high. Dickinson Law understands the importance of this issue to the Iowa Economy.  As the stress of the trade war affects your business, do you know the status of your ag liens?  Landlord’s liens, harvester’s liens, ag supply dealer liens, veterinarian liens, all of these can make for a confusing list of creditor priorities.  Join Dickinson…
Lenders are already aware of the many economic risks facing the agricultural economy. Less well known are the legal risks that many lenders face if they have to try to enforce their rights against collateral. Lenders may be surprised to find out that their “priority” liens on a farmer’s operation are not superior to liens from other creditors, especially input suppliers. The case of Oyens Feed & Supply Co. v. Primebank is a cautionary tale…
Earlier this year, the Tokyo fish market grabbed headlines when a blue fin tuna sold for a record $3 million. Less well publicized was a phish that reeled in $2 million for fraudsters from the city of Farmington, Connecticut in 2016. News stories about cybersecurity incidents involving phishing are routine. However, just because phishing schemes are a well-known attack vector does not lessen the risk that organizations face from these schemes. The town of Farmington,…