Brooks & Trinrud, P.C.

Attorneys at Law

Areas of Practice

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights

Our Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights attorneys represent clients in matters relating to all aspects of federal reorganization and liquidation proceedings in the federal courts for the Southern District of Iowa and the Central District of Illinois and advise clients in other creditors' rights matters throughout eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Asset purchases from bankruptcy estates
  • Involuntary bankruptcy filings
  • Discharge and dischargeability proceedings
  • Bankruptcy stay litigation
  • Exemptions litigation
  • Cash collateral disputes
  • Objections to confirmation
  • Preference and fraudulent conveyance actions
  • Creditor claims
  • Workouts and loan restructuring
  • Reaffirmation agreements
  • First meeting of creditors

Business and Corporate

The Business and Corporate attorneys offer a variety of services for clients in connection with corporations, partnerships, business ventures, the purchase and sale of businesses, and other commercial matters. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Choice and structure of business organizations
  • Incorporations and corporate law
  • Formation of partnerships
  • Representation of sole proprietorships
  • Joint ventures
  • Professional associations
  • Director's and officer's responsibilities and liabilities
  • Shareholder's cross purchase agreements
  • Stock redemptions
  • Ownership succession planning
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Reorganizations and liquidations
  • Sales of businesses, assets, and corporate stock
  • Business loan structuring and documentation
  • Secured and unsecured financing
  • Product and service warranties
  • Confidentiality and non-compete agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Independent contractor matters
  • Shareholder and management relations

Criminal Defense

  • Our Criminal Defense attorneys defend clients in misdemeanor and felony court proceedings before local, state, and administrative courts.

Family Law

Our Family Law attorneys provide a full range of trial and appellate court representation relating to family and matrimonial law. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Dissolution of marriage
  • Marital separation agreements
  • Prenuptial/antenuptial settlement agreements
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Adoption and termination of parental rights
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
  • Alimony/separate maintenance
  • Child removal actions/Uniform Child
  • Custody/Parental Kidnapping Act
  • Juvenile court proceedings

Insurance Defense

Our Insurance Defense attorneys provide a broad range of legal services to insurers, insureds, and self-insured entities involving insurance litigation, appeals, and arbitration matters. We also offer advice and counsel regarding risk management and preventative measures. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Premises liability
  • Automobile property and personal injury claims
  • Medical and legal malpractice
  • Bad faith/excess coverage
  • Subrogation
  • Agent negligence of malpractice
  • Declaratory judgments
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Recreational personal injury
  • Workers compensation claims

Labor and Employment

The Labor and Employment attorneys offer a full range of services for management, including advice and counsel on all employee relations matters, and defense and counsel in employer and employee disputes. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Employment and independent contractor agreements
  • Employment/personnel manuals
  • Employment litigation
  • Wrongful discharges, discrimination, and sexual harassment
  • Equal Employment Act compliance (EEA)
  • Unfair labor practices
  • State Wage and Hour Acts
  • Employee benefits, including ERISA
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Unemployment compensation claims
  • Employment non-compete agreements
  • Social Security Disability Insurance benefits
  • Worker's compensation

Litigation

Our Litigation attorneys offer a full range of trial and appellate services related to state and federal litigation proceedings. We also represent clients in dispute matters in alternative dispute resolution forums. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Commercial litigation
  • Personal injury and wrongful death claims
  • Computer law
  • Construction litigation, including builder and contractor disputes
  • Product liability claims
  • Breach and enforcement of contracts
  • Professional malpractice claims
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Banking litigation
  • Environmental litigation
  • Health care litigation
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Appeals to federal, state, and administrative courts of review
  • Banking/commercial lender liability
  • Education law

Municipalities

Our Municipal attorneys represent Illinois and Iowa municipal corporations in a variety of matters, including administrative and judicial proceedings. Listed below are some of the areas covered by our practice.

  • Drafting and enforcement of city ordinances
  • Civil representation of municipal entities
  • Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIF)
  • Bonding (including general obligation, water and sewer revenue, and industrial development
  • Labor relations

Real Estate

The Real Estate attorneys provide representation to a wide spectrum of personal and commercial clients involved in real estate, including regional banks mortgage companies, credit unions, investment groups developers, and individuals. Attorneys assist clients in all aspects of the transaction, from structuring and negotiating the deal, to resolving subsequent disputes or litigating when necessary. In addition, the firm is agent for Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. and a member of Iowa Title Guaranty and can handle all client title insurance needs. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Residential purchases and sales
  • Acquisitions and development of residential and commercial properties
  • Commercial loans
  • Personal loans and mortgages
  • title insurance
  • Joint ventures
  • commission disputes
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Real estate associations
  • condemnation litigation
  • condominium declarations and association bylaws
  • Mobile home parks
  • Construction contracts
  • Covenants and restrictions for planned unit developments
  • Foreclosures

Trusts and Estates

The Trust and Estate attorneys advise and represent clients in all matters relating to estate planning, trust and estate administration, personal tax planning, and tax-exempt organizations. Listed below are some of the specific areas covered by our practice.

  • Will preparation
  • Trust formation, including funding of trusts
  • Estate and gift tax planning
  • Legal incapacity and guardianship proceedings
  • Powers of attorney (property and healthcare)
  • Living wills
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Estate administration
  • Trust administration
  • Preparation of estate and inheritance tax reforms (Iowa, Illinois, Federal)
  • Estate beneficiary representation
  • Trustee and trust beneficiary representation
  • Charitable and tax-exempt organization formation and representation
  • Business succession planning

Workers' Compensation

Our Workers' Compensation attorneys represent insurance carriers, self-insured employers, associations, and claims service companies in Illinois and Iowa Workers' Compensation claims.

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