Becky S. Knutson: Lawyer with Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.

Becky S. Knutson

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Senior Shareholder
Des Moines,  IA  U.S.A.
Phone(515) 288-2500

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Practice Areas

  • Education
  • Employment Law and Labor Relations
  • Family Law and Domestic Relations
  • Professional Licensure
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Contact InfoTelephone: (515) 288-2500
Fax: (515) 243-0654
University University of Iowa, 1978
Law SchoolUniversity of Iowa College of Law, 1981
Admitted1981, Iowa
BornDecorah, Iowa, 1957

CONCENTRATIONBecky is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm in the Litigation Division. She has a general practice in, but not limited to, labor and employment law, education law, family law and professional licensing. Labor and Employment LawIn the Labor and Employment area, Becky advises both public and private sector clients. She has been involved in litigation and advising clients on employment matters including handbooks and policies, compliance with local, state and federal laws, discipline and discharge, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, employee organization and union organizing issues, unfair labor and prohibited practices, professional conduct and licensing, civil rights, OSHA, workers' compensation, wage and hour compliance, drug testing, and individual employment, compensation and severance agreements. Her litigation practice includes appearing before state and federal courts, the NLRB and Iowa PERB, and a variety of administrative agencies at the trial and appellate levels. Education LawBecky represents educators and school employees in employment disputes before school boards and committees, agencies, and state and federal courts. Issues addressed include discipline, termination, promotion and tenure matters, licensure, collective bargaining, grievances and other employment matters. Becky also represents students in discipline, discrimination and injury matters.Family LawIn the Family Law area, Becky advises clients concerning pre-marital agreements, divorce and dissolution of marriage issues, and post-divorce compliance, enforcement and modification issues. She frequently deals with issues concerning large asset cases, business and asset valuation, pension and retirement account division, spousal support and the tax aspects of valuation, asset transfer and spousal support. MediationBecky has been trained as a mediator, completing a forty-hour course of instruction at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is listed with the Polk County Mediation project. Becky is the past chair of the Polk County Bench and Bar Committee. She is a past member of the Iowa State Bar Association Insurance Plans Committee, Iowa State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section Council and the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee. She is also a member of the Judicial Administration Committee and the Judicial Plebiscite subcommittee.SEMINARS, LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS "Wage and Hour Law", Central Iowa Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 24, 2012. "Labor Organizing" webinar, Davis Brown Law Firm, Oct. 4, 2012.PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION AV­® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV­­ certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV­ rating.Best Lawyers in America, Administrative/Regulatory Law and Education LawBest Lawyers' 2014 Des Moines Education Law "Lawyer of the Year"Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, Iowa Ranked Band 3, 2013Great Plains Super Lawyers, Employment & LaborCOMMUNITYIn the community, Becky is an alumnus of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute; the past president and vice president of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa; past board member of Iowa Youth Choruses; current board member for the Wine Group; board member of Children and Families of Iowa Foundation; and is active in St. Mark Lutheran Church, where she serves as President of the Church Council. Becky has also served as Counsel to the Republican Party of Iowa.MEMBERSHIPSAmerican Bar AssociationIowa Defense Counsel AssociationIowa State Bar AssociationPolk County Bar AssociationPolk County Women AttorneysALMA MATERSUniversity of Iowa, 1978University of Iowa College of Law, 1981BAR ADMISSIONSIowa, 1981.


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Becky S. Knutson

215 10th Street, Suite 1300
Des MoinesIA 50309-3993


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