Jonathan Wilson is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm and is a member of the Business Division. His real estate practice encompasses all aspects of real estate, including sale, purchase, financing, taxation, tax appeals, tax exemptions, condemnations, land use planning/zoning, development, construction, and management.
Jonathan's practice involves both commercial and residential realestate and he has been involved in converting properties to condominiumownership and cooperative ownership, as well as a number of other,alternative ownership forms. For example, he was responsible forestablishing the first air rights projects in the state of Iowa,involving the creation of an elevated horizontal plane within a singlestructure with separate ownership interests above and below that planeand easements for necessary support and access. He representsdevelopers, owners, managers, and homeowner associations. He regularlydrafts or reviews easements, covenants, development agreements, options,rights of first refusal, purchase agreements, and leases. He isoccasionally involved in working with the legislature on a variety ofsubjects and was instrumental in drafting various Iowa statutes relatingto residential and mobile home park landlord and tenant law.
In addition, Jonathan's practice encompasses a wide variety ofgeneral contract matters, including non-compete agreements, licenseagreements, employment agreements, independent contractor andsubcontractor agreements, and surrogate parenting arrangements.
Besides his representation of private individuals and businesses,Jonathan also serves as general counsel to the Des Moines AreaMetropolitan Planning Organization, a consortium of all of the centralIowa cities and counties that is charged with the responsibility oftransportation planning in the area. He provides advice and counsel onall legal matters that arise in that endeavor, including the Iowa OpenMeetings and Public Records laws, as well as guidance on matters ofparliamentary procedure.
•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.
•The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law
•Recognized by the Iowa State Bar Association for his many years of public and community service.
After graduating with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1971, Jonathan clerked for Judge Myron Bright on the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then taught at the Australian National University College of Law in Canberra Australia until joining the firm in 1974. He served briefly as an adjunct instructor at the Drake University College of Law teaching Modern Real Estate Transactions until the demands of his own real estate law practice required his full attention.
Jonathan also takes great pride in his responsiveness to clients and client needs. In his law practice he most enjoys opportunities for creativity in achieving worthy client objectives.
He has two grown children and owns a small farm in southeastern Iowa where he spends time away from the office engaged in more strenuous physical endeavors that he considers therapeutic. He is proud of maintaining a bird tight barn and enjoys giving tractor rides to his grandson and granddaughters.
Jonathan is active in the community. He has served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Blank Park Zoo, and as President of the First Friday Breakfast Club, an association of gay men.
•Morningside College, 1967
•University of Iowa College of Law, 1971
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•The Davis Brown Law Firm Congratulates Jonathan Wilson for 35 Years of Service