Fredrikson & Byron Expands Iowa Office

February 24, 2014

Fredrikson & Byron P.A. has continued its growth in the Midwest by expanding its Des Moines, Iowa office with three attorneys. Joining the firm are J. Marc Ward, a corporate, finance and M&A attorney, and Bridget R. Penick, an employment and labor, litigation and immigration attorney. Both are Iowa natives and have practiced successfully in the Des Moines area for many years. Brant M. Leonard joins the firm as an associate.

“Fredrikson has a strong history of representing Iowa’s major industries, including our work with many leading financial institutions, health care providers, life science and technology companies, manufacturers, agribusiness companies, and energy facilities and companies in the region,” said John Koneck, President of Fredrikson & Byron. “The growth of our Des Moines presence is a natural next step in our strategy to strengthen and expand our firm in the Upper Midwest with lawyers who are not only excellent practitioners but who also provide the best service and value to their clients. We are very fortunate to have Marc and Bridget join Fredrikson. They both are exceptional lawyers and well respected in their practice areas and in the community. Des Moines has a vibrant and growing economy and we look forward to serving our clients there as we grow together.”

“I’ve worked on the opposite side of many lawyers and law firms over the years and believe Fredrikson is unmatched in its focus on excellence, client service, and providing great value to its clients. I am excited to join this exceptional regional firm and bringing its substantial resources and service commitment to my clients,” stated Ward.

Penick added that “[T]he depth of the firm’s practice in areas of employment, labor and immigration, and the breadth of its expertise in related areas such as employee benefits, health-care reform, intellectual property and executive compensation are tremendous. I look forward to being part of this team and offering expanded areas of expertise to my clients.”

J. Marc Ward has extensive experience in the financial services industry working on corporate matters, including bank M&A and corporate governance. He also represents clients in the agricultural, retail, manufacturing and technology industries. Ward chaired the committee that wrote the original Iowa LLC law in 1992 and chaired the committee that wrote the new Iowa LLC law in 2009. He has chaired the Business Law Section of the Iowa Bar Association since 2011 and has received external recognition for his work from a variety of publications, including inclusion in the 2009-2013 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a “Leading Individual” in the area of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions in the state of Iowa.

Bridget R. Penick is a leading litigator whose practice focuses on employment law. She represents employers of all sizes, both in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies. In addition, Penick counsels employers in human resources policies and procedures, employment discrimination, FMLA, ADA, wage & hour, NLRA issues and union organization. She also assists employers with employment-related immigration issues. She is active in the local and national legal community, and her work as an employment, litigation, and immigration attorney has been recognized by a variety of awards and honors, including in the 2008-2013 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a “Leading Individual” in the area of Labor & employment in the state of Iowa and in the 2010-2013 editions as a “Leading Individual” in the area of Immigration in the state of Iowa.

Brant M. Leonard’s practice focuses on corporate and employment law as well as general litigation. He regularly represents clients in a wide variety of legal areas. His corporate practice includes expertise in areas such as business formation, contracts and agreements, corporate governance and M&A. Leonard’s employment law practice includes assisting clients with compliance with employment laws and best practices and representing clients in litigation involving employment-related claims. He also maintains an active commercial litigation practice, with broad experience representing individuals and companies in all phases of litigation and dispute resolution.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has 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. More information about the firm is available at Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.

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