Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is delighted to announce that Grace Bogart and Rachel Soderstrum have joined the firm as Associate Attorneys. Both women began their legal careers at Dickinson Law as summer clerks in 2019. Grace Bogart Grace is a 2020 Juris Doctor graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and holds a B.A. in political science (summa cum laude) from Iowa State University. As a member of the firm’s Banking,…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. is pleased to announce that 24 attorneys of the firm have been named by Best Lawyers® to its 2021 recognition lists for professional legal excellence, including: 21 attorneys with extensive experience were included in The Best Lawyers in America; Three distinguished attorneys were honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of law in Des Moines, and: Three rising lawyers were recognized in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers:…
Over the past eight weeks, serving your legal needs while working remotely to maintain the health and safety of our clients and employees has been our firm’s main focus during COVID-19. As of June 1st, Dickinson Law will begin a phased approach to reopening our offices, with a portion of our attorneys and administrative staff resuming work at our headquarters in downtown Des Moines. This approach is consistent with current governmental recommendations and allows us…
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual legal guide identifying the top attorneys and law firms in the United States, has ranked 5 practice areas and 13 individual attorneys from Dickinson Law in its 2020 edition. Firms were ranked in a limited number of categories and were evaluated by Chambers researchers through peer review and client interviews regarding their experiences with individual attorneys and practice areas. During the Chambers USA interviews, sources described Dickinson’s attorneys as…
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe financial losses for agricultural producers and commercial businesses, and lenders are left with uncertainty on how to respond. Our COVID-19 – Dealing with Agricultural and Commercial Loans Webinar that first aired on April 23, 2020 is now available as an on demand resource. It addresses the impact that the novel coronavirus has created for lenders, including recent state and federal regulatory changes and guidance to commercial and ag foreclosures, as well…
The COVID-19 pandemic was a shock to many corporate systems and has changed the reality under which many deals where negotiated and executed. A merger agreement or financing agreement may include a material adverse change (“MAC”) provision defining a substantial change in the target or the occurrence of an intervening event, either triggering a party’s right to terminate the agreement, releasing a party from certain obligations under the agreement or qualifying certain representations and warranties.…
On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), released its final rules (Rules) applicable to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), which is the $349 Billion Small Business forgivable loan program created in the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Under the PPP, Borrowers will seek loans from third party lenders (Lenders) who have been approved by the SBA to issue SBA 7(a) loans. Lenders may begin making application for these…
By now, all financial institutions should be aware that state and federal agencies are urging cooperation and flexibility with borrowers (residential and commercial) affected in some way by COVID-19. For instance, see the March 22nd Proclamation and the March 22nd Federal Guidance. A new law, enacted on March 12, 2020, makes it even easier for financial institutions to record modifications to loans secured by mortgages on real estate. Historically, in order to record a…
Currently, Iowa clerks of court have been directed to reject filings of actions for foreclosure. In her March 22, 2020 Proclamation, Governor Reynolds “suspend[ed] the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapters 646, 654, 655A, and 656 allowing for the commencement of foreclosure proceedings, or the prosecution of ongoing foreclosure proceedings, on residential, commercial, and agricultural real property located in the state of Iowa.” Governor Reynolds further directed the Iowa Division of Banking and the…
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iowa Supreme Court’s opinion released on March 27, 2020 in Blue Grass Savings Bank v. Community Bank & Trust Company has the potential to disrupt the lending industry for years. In what started as a simple foreclosure of a mortgage by a lender, where the borrower took a default judgment, the Iowa Supreme Court ultimately provided a ruling on Iowa Code § 654.12A that should make senior…