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LORI BULLOCK is an attorney at Newkirk Zwagerman Law Firm, where she focuses her practice in employment and labor law. Ms. Bullock earned her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and her J.D. degree, high honors, from Drake Law School. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Women Attorneys Association.
THOMAS A. EVANS is a sole practitioner in Iowa who has practiced law for 39 years. He represents both employees and employers (private and public) in the areas of workers' compensation, labor law, labor relations, employment, higher education and administrative law. Prior to establishing The Evans Law Firm, Mr. Evans was employed by the BrownWinick Law Firm located in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was a member/attorney and was responsible for representing employees and employers in labor and employment matters, as well as workers' compensation, unemployment and wage recovery matters. Prior to his employment with the BrownWinick Law Firm, he served as general counsel for the Iowa Board of Regents, where he represented the board and Iowa's public universities in a full spectrum of employment law matters before administrative agencies (PERB) and third party neutrals. Prior to his employment with the Iowa Board of Regents, Mr. Evans was employed by Polk County, Iowa, where he had responsibility for all human resources and labor relations functions, including all workers' compensation matters. He was also employed by the Iowa Attorney General's Office, where he was responsible for representing the state of Iowa in criminal appeals before the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals, personal injury law suits and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Evans earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and his J.D. degree from Drake University Law School.
ERIK S. FISK is a member at Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., where he practices primarily in business and employment law, business litigation, construction, debtor/creditor, and family law issues. He helps individuals and companies manage the practical side of risk - from the world of organization, compliance, contracting, personnel, and policymaking through litigation in both state and federal court. Mr. Fisk is also a certified senior professional in human resources. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Drake University and his J.D. degree, with highest honors, from Drake University School of Law. Mr. Fisk is a member of the Real Estate Section Council of the Iowa State Bar Association.
CYNTHIA B. LANDE is an attorney with the law firm of Brown, Winick, Graves, Gross, Baskerville and Schoenebaum, P.L.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. She serves as co-chair of BrownWinick's business and corporate law practice group. Ms. Lande's practice includes helping small and large employers design and administer executive compensation, retirement, and welfare benefit plans and assisting employers with plan compliance requirements, including those related to the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, she advises clients on business and individual tax issues and counsels clients with respect to general corporate and business matters. Ms. Lande earned her B.S. degree from Iowa State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State, and American bar associations, as well as a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys. Ms. Lande serves on the Iowa State Bar Association's YLD Executive Council and was recently appointed to serve on the Taxation Law Section Council.
DEBBIE MARSHALL is the owner Thrive Consulting, a business she founded a little over three years ago. Prior to that she spent over 20 years working in the small business community and for a Fortune 500 company. Ms. Marshall's roles spanned from operations and process improvement to being a leader, manager, trainer, and performance management expert. She believes strongly in continuing her own education and professional development and has been consistent in stretching her skills and knowledge to increase the impact of her work. Ms. Marshall holds a certification in Human Resources from SHRM and is continuing with development to add the HR Law certification as well. Her niche is working with small businesses that are the heart of our country. Ms. Marshall works locally and nationwide with business owners, managers and anyone handling HR functions. She focuses on delivering effective, customized solutions that are simple to implement and maintain by providing each client with the guidance, tools, and support they need to achieve the outcomes they seek. Ms. Marshall is committed to building strong, trusted relationships by always doing what she says she will do. She also understands that for businesses, time is money so she approaches every day focused on meeting the needs of her clients and getting results quickly.
MELISSA A. SCHILLING is an attorney with Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C., where she focuses her practice on traditional labor law and employment litigation. She has experience in grievance and interest arbitration cases, contract negotiations, and unfair labor practice charges, as well as state and federal litigation involving a broad range of labor and employment laws, including discrimination cases under Title VII and state civil rights acts, ADA, and ADEA. Ms. Schilling has also counseled employers on a wide range of labor and employment issues and policies, including FMLA and workplace medical issues, technology issues, and discipline matters. She is a member of the American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Division), Iowa State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Division) and the Polk County Bar Association. Ms. Schilling earned her B.S. degree, with honors, from the University of Iowa and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law.