The DSM Partnership is proud to present a new series focused on issues small businesses face daily. This Top Five series will feature experts in human resources, marketing, accounting, IT and others. They will introduce 5 things on certain topic that will help you be successful in your small business.
Employers often have to spend valuable time managing employee discipline and discharge decisions. We will discuss best practices for creating processes that save time, setting expectations and reducing entity risk.
Elizabeth A. Coonan is a member of BrownWinick and serves as Chair of BrownWinick’sEmployment Law practice group. Elizabeth represents clients in the areas of employment, workers’ compensation and business immigration law. She assists employers with policy development and enforcement, non-competes and other restrictive covenants, business visas and compliance with immigration laws, litigation and workers’ compensation strategy and provides trainings on drug testing, harassment and FMLA issues.
Elizabeth also serves as an independent investigator for harassment and other claims. Elizabeth counsels clients regarding discipline and termination situations and compliance with local, state and federal employment and civil rights laws and regulations. She represents clients in proceedings in front of various courts and administrative bodies including the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and the Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation. Elizabeth also assists clients in dispute resolution using alternate forums and is a certified mediator.
Elizabeth has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for her work in the area of Employment and Labor Law and is included in The Best Lawyers in America® for her work in the area of workers’ compensation law. She is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State (Workers’ Compensation and Labor and Employment Law Sections) Bar Associations and serves as a Drake Law Women Advisory Board Member. She is also a member of the Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys. Elizabeth is active in the community as a Commissioner on the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, serves on the Iowa Department of Human Rights Board, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, a member of the Board of Directors of House of Mercyand serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Des Moines. She previouslyserved on the Broadlawns Advocacy Circle, working on its mental health awareness campaign, has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Resource Center, is a graduate of and a past member of the Board of Governors of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. She also serves other non-profit organizations in varying capacities.
Elizabeth received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her J.D., with honors, from Drake University. She was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2002 and subsequently admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.