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Fredrikson & Byron attorney Jodie McDougal has been re-appointed to serve a second term as chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Construction Law Section Council for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. McDougal has been a member of the council for several years, serving as Vice-Chair for two years and Chair as one year prior to this re-appointment. The ISBA facilitates professional growth and collegiality among Iowa attorneys, with a mission to help Iowa attorneys succeed.

“I am honored to serve a second term as Chair of the Construction Law Council,” McDougal says, “particularly because the position allows me to focus in on legislation, education and collaboration in construction law, all of which are passions of mine.”

“The construction legal community in Iowa is made up a relatively small group of attorneys, so the professionalism, collaboration, and mutual respect, shared among us is important, and the activities of the council encourages all of those things.” In addition, the council puts on an annual Construction Law CLE for lawyers around the state.

McDougal is a construction and real estate attorney who handles both litigation and transactional matters for her clients within the construction, real estate and landlord/leasing industries in Iowa and beyond.

In her construction work, McDougal counsels clients within the commercial and residential construction industries including general contractors; homebuilders; construction management companies; architectural, engineering and other design professional firms; subcontractors; material suppliers; and property owners and developers.

As an active member of several construction, real estate and landlord associations, McDougal speaks regularly to industry groups and takes pride in helping to educate these industries. Also, McDougal regularly publishes articles on various construction, real estate and landlord topics and is the Iowa author of the national lien law resource McDougal is general counsel for multiple landlord, construction and real estate associations, and in this role, she has spoken several times on landlord and construction matters at the Iowa State Capitol, educating lawmakers on proposed legislation.

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 340+ attorneys are based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Madison, Mankato, St. Paul, Saltillo, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Learn more at, LinkedIn or @FredriksonLaw.


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