Business and Commerce Lawyers in Iowa


Whitfield & Eddy attorneys work with owners and managers of small to mid-market business entities and assist at all points of the business cycle from formation, ownership agreements, mergers, acquisitions, and dissolutions. General business matters are an area of emphasis for our attorneys and include contract review, real estate transactions, entity maintenance, and other aspects of business law.

We align ourselves with client goals by developing an understanding of their business strategy and provide integrated legal representation necessary for their success. As many of the challenges facing our clients involve multiple, overlapping legal issues, we work closely with attorneys from our other service areas to provide solutions.

Corporate Formation and Governance

Closely held corporations, family-owned businesses, start-ups, emerging and middle-market companies work with our attorneys in all areas of entity formation. We help clients identify and establish the most effective business structures for their unique objectives and markets, and negotiate a broad range of shareholder, vendor, employment, tax exemption determinations, and other agreements and contracts that enable companies to establish a solid footing from the outset.

Our corporate and commercial law attorneys provide advice and assistance to clients concerning the choice of the appropriate organizational form and structures and the preparation of associated documentation; drafting of corporate resolutions, by-laws and other corporate governance materials; drafting of shareholder, partnership, limited partnership and limited liability documentation, as well as operating, joint venture and voting trust agreements, and similar documentation.

Mergers and Acquisitions

A merger, acquisition, or divestiture transaction is often a pivotal event in the life of a ‎business. No deal occurs in a vacuum. Each is different in its own and often varied ways. Our M&A ‎lawyers in Des Moines, Iowa, make a determined effort to understand our clients, their business, their competitive and ‎regulatory pressures, their transactional objectives, and to work with the client as a cohesive and ‎collaborative team. ‎

Our involvement includes negotiating and drafting of letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, term sheets, stock purchase, asset purchase, and merger agreements; legal opinions, joint venture agreements, limited liability company agreements, partnership agreements, and agreements evidencing debt and equity investments. Our business transaction attorneys routinely conduct and counsel clients on due diligence review of target entities and negotiating and drafting of related transaction documents including employment and consulting agreements, shareholders agreements, earn-out agreements, general and specific releases, and other corporate documents.

Corporate Litigation

Our litigators have extensive experience in a broad range of business litigation, including shareholder lawsuits, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, corporate control and other management disputes, insurance coverage disputes, and transactional disputes.


  • Formation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Ownership Agreements
  • Succession Planning
  • Dissolution

Why Select Our Business Lawyers in Des Moines?

Building trust with your legal team is a critical part of choosing a law firm. At Whitfield & Eddy, we've been recognized across Iowa and by national publications for our reliable, reputable services, efficiency, and outstanding results. You can count on us to work in your interests. We put our clients' needs first in every transaction, and we demonstrate our worth by saving you time, money, and hassle—three valuable things in business. 

People seek out our services because they know Whitfield & Eddy provides exceptional work. You should have confidence in the law firm you choose, and our team produces the results you want by employing creative strategies that lead to the right outcomes. We approach each engagement proactively, analyzing the present and future consequences of any decisions and how changes in the marketplace could impact you. 

When you stay ahead of these issues, you put your business in a better position. Our team examines problems and new developments from many angles to find a plan that benefits you. Other advantages of working with Whitfield & Eddy include: 

  • Professionalism: We treat you with the courtesy and respect you deserve, giving you peace of mind that we will always skillfully represent you.
  • Digital prowess: Our business lawyers employ the latest digital tools to deliver the solutions you need.
  • Communication: We provide regular updates to our clients, delivered in easy-to-understand language, so you always know what is happening.

Collaborative Commercial Attorneys in Des Moines

Whitfield & Eddy provides a full range of legal services, including banking and finance, employment and labor, real estate, construction and litigation. When you retain our attorneys, you gain access to a full-service law firm including lawyers who work in other areas related to your industry. Using a firm you already feel comfortable with for additional legal matters provides a personal commitment to doing all we can for each client. 

Our business and commerce practice group provides our clients — in manufacturing, finance, transportation, construction, retail, biotech, health care, and more — a full spectrum of quality corporate legal services. We have represented many of our institutional clients for decades, helping them to achieve business success over the long term.

You expect experience and our firm includes more than 40 attorneys who can deliver. They have handled sophisticated legal matters and advised small and large Des Moines businesses on the optimal strategies for meeting their short and long-term goals. Our lawyers collaborate with colleagues to create the right legal solutions for you. When they see a partnership or advisor that could help you, they will seek it out and set it in motion. 


Our leadership has been recognized by peers and clients by the following publications:

  • Chambers USA in Corporate/M&A: Banking and Finance,
  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships),
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • Member part of the Deal Team that won the 10th Annual M&A Advisor Awards for the Lower Middle Market Deal of the Year in 2011.

Contact Our Corporate Lawyers Today

Companies that trust their legal matters to Whitfield & Eddy gain the confidence that comes with having someone looking out for your legal interests. You will find value in our expertise and comprehensive services. We deliver sound advice and enter every interaction with our clients prepared and ready to achieve the results you seek. 

The right firm. The right fit.

Contact us today to set up an initial consultation about our commercial legal services. 



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