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The Iowa Supreme Court has appointed Fredrikson shareholder Brandon R. Underwood as a member of the state’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Underwood will serve a three-year term ending June 30, 2026. The Office of Professional Regulation provides executive and administrative support to the commission, whose duties include accrediting courses, programs and educational activities that will satisfy the educational requirements of Iowa lawyers.

Underwood is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. He’s first chaired jury trials in Iowa and Minnesota, advocated in multiple bench trials, and briefed and argued several appeals in the state and federal systems. Underwood has also successfully opposed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In his litigation practice, Underwood represents parties in disputes involving contracts, negligence, business torts, fraud, and mergers and acquisitions. Underwood also represents employers and individuals in employment litigation involving discrimination, harassment and the Fair Labor Standards Act. He has drafted and enforced non-compete and trade secret agreements in state and federal courts.

In his construction practice, Underwood serves owners, developers, and contractors on public and private construction projects to resolve disputes in mediation, arbitration and litigation. His experience includes mechanic’s liens, bid protests, defects, delays, negligence, DBE compliance and federal construction contracts. He also drafts construction contracts and advises clients on them.

Fredrikson & Byron is a leading Midwest law firm working collaboratively to help businesses achieve their goals regionally, nationally and globally. With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. The firm’s 350+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Ames, Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.


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