Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C
Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C

Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C

4 Star Rating     1 review

Main Office:

215 10th Street, Ste. 1300 | Des Moines | IA | 50309

Phone: 515-288-2500 | Fax: 515-243-0654

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Year of establishment 1929 Number of partners 48
Number of offices 1 Partner to associate ratio 3.40
Biggest office Des Moines Percentage of women attorneys 25.50
Number of attorneys 75 Percentage of minority attorneys 1.30
Number of associates 14 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 4.00
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Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C Reviews

- Reviewed on July 28, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Other than some of the superiors keeping themselves in check, there isn't much else to suggest in regards to how to make the work place better.

Pros: For people such as myself, I found the really helpful environment of the firm to be beneficial. The firm tries its best to focus on factors that help the associates to do be able to do their job. There is also an emphasis on making sure that more than one lawyer is able to get involved in a case. This helps with making sure that different aspect of a case can be looked over by lawyers who specialize in more than one field. I think it helped me in the beginning to get involved with various projects.

Cons: Even though it's not a constant thing, there does seem to be egos at play sometimes with some of the higher ups of the firm. It isn't anything too negative but something the associates notice especially when dealing with an important case.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Founded in 1929, Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C., provides comprehensive legal services to clients ranging from private individuals to Fortune 500 corporations, as well as multinational corporations, not-for-profit groups, the state and its agencies and political subdivisions, hospitals and regulated industries. The firm's clients conduct business on a local, state, national and international basis. With a growing practice of more than 75 attorneys and offices in downtown Des Moines, as well as West Des Moines, Ames and Emmetsburg, our firm offers legal services in a wide variety of areas including administrative law, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, government relations, immigration, patent law and intellectual property, biotechnology, real estate, securities, taxation and litigation. Further extending our reach, as the exclusive Iowa member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 leading independent law firms in more than 100 countries, the firm has immediate access to the resources of other member firms across the world. Lex Mundi limits membership to one law firm per state based upon quality of legal services, multi-faceted practices, and the breadth and depth of expertise of members of the firm in traditional and emerging industries and areas of the law. In recognition of their legal expertise and commitment to their clients, Davis Brown attorneys have been nationally rated by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers. In addition, 36 Davis Brown attorneys are AV-rated, the highest level of professional excellence, by Martindale-Hubbell®. The firm has also been recognized as the Best Law Firm in Des Moines for nine consecutive years by the Des Moines Business Record and was recognized by Martindale-Hubbell® and Fortune Magazine as one of the "Top Ranked Law Firms" in the United States. The Davis Brown Law Firm has a long history of community involvement within the Des Moines metro area and across the state of Iowa and we believe it is our obligation to promote our communities through pro bono work, community service and charitable giving. Many of the firm's lawyers hold leadership positions in local civic, charitable and political organizations-including the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Des Moines Public Library Foundation, Ames Economic Development Commission and many more.

Practice Areas

Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Agribusiness And Cooperatives
  • Antitrust Law
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy And Creditors' Rights
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Organizations And Transactions
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications And Media Law
  • Construction Contracts And Litigation Law
  • Education
  • Emerging Companies
  • Employee Benefits And Executive Compensation
  • Erisa
  • Employment Law And Labor Relations
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law And Domestic Relations
  • Financial Institutions
  • Franchise And Product Distribution Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration
  • Insurance Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Transactions
  • Litigation And Appeals
  • Lobbying And Governmental Relations
  • Mediation And Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non Profit Organizations And Charities
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability And Toxic Torts
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Professional Licensure
  • Public Finance
  • Public Utilities
  • Real Estate Planning
  • Development And Management
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Renewable Energy
  • Securities
  • Tax Controversy
  • Tax Credit Finance And Economic Development
  • Tax
  • Transaction
  • Telecommunications & Utilities
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Workers' Compensation

Hiring Criteria

Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

The Davis Firm seeks to hire exceptional students with excellent academic credentials as well as outstanding research, writing, and interpersonal skills. Preference is given to students ranking in the top 20% of their law school class with law review or journal experience. Consideration is also given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to improving their communities through civic and charitable activities.

Pro bono

The firm has not reported whether it counts pro bono hours towards the minimum billable hours requirement. Pro bono hours are counted the same as billable hours for the purposes of year-end bonuses.

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Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C Awards and Recognitions

David M. Erickson to Receive Mentor Iowa's Tidrick Honors Award

Sharon K. Malheiro to be Awarded the Power of One Award

Lori Chesser awarded the A. Arthur Davis Award by the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

Sharon K. Malheiro to Receive Gertrude Rush Award

Steve Roberts Receives Liberty Award from Iowa Juneteenth Observance Committee

Davis Brown Receives Iowa ESGR Governor's Employer Award

Stephen W. Roberts Receives Iowa Taxpayers Association Award

David M. Erickson to Receive Mentor Iowa's Tidrick Honors Award

Davis Brown Receives Pro Bono Service Award

Summer associate program

Each year the Davis Brown Law Firm hires a small number of law students as summer associates. While we typically hire second year students, extraordinarily qualified first year students may also be included in the program.

The summer associate program is designed to provide students with first-hand legal experience, informal and formal training, and professional networking. A considerable amount of resources is devoted to the program. The program also serves as the firm's primary source of hiring for new associate attorneys; a significant number of current shareholders and associates worked as summer associates during law school.

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