Banking & Financial Services Law


Legal Services for Banks and Financial Institutions

Because of their impact on the economy, there are several local, state, and federal rules and regulations that govern US financial institutions. These regulations deal with everything from customer disputes and complaints against a bank to complex litigation between domestic and foreign institutions. Complying with such a vast number of regulations requires expertise in this practice area at the highest level.

The banking law attorneys at Dickinson, Bradshaw, Fowler & Hagen, P.C. counsel more than 90 financial institutions doing business in Iowa. We have one of the largest teams of financial attorneys in Iowa, providing exceptional legal services to both state and local banks. This collected experience has made Dickinson a top choice as a law firm for banking in Des Moines, a hot spot in the United States for the financial services industry. 

More specifically, we offer banking law assistance with everything from banking mergers to creditor's rights. Our firm offers comprehensive legal services for banks and financial service providers, covering a wide range of common legal issues. 

The areas of expertise our banking attorneys in Des Moines are able to provide includes:

  • loan documentation and collection

  • creditors' rights

  • state and federal regulatory compliance services

  • bank mergers and acquisitions

  • branch sales and purchases

  • corporate restructuring

  • employment counsel

  • buy-sell and shareholder agreements

  • redemptions

  • bank capital raising

  • securities law

  • succession and strategic planning

  • new products and services

  • cash management agreements

  • intellectual property

  • legislative services

  • enforcement actions and litigation in state and federal court

  • representation for bankruptcy cases 

Forward Thinking

At Dickinson Bradshaw, we strive to anticipate the future needs of Iowa's financial and banking institutions. Our Iowa banking attorneys are committed to staying up to date with banking law industry developments and communicating relevant legal advice to our clients. Our priority is to remain a dependable law firm that provides valuable real-world experience for those in the banking industry.

Dickinson Bradshaw's Banking Law Group is led by Howard Hagen, who formerly served as general counsel to the Iowa Division of Banking. Howard currently serves as general counsel to the Community Bankers of Iowa. Howard’s extensive experience has made him an expert in the laws and regulations surrounding the banking and financial services industry. 


As a Compliance Specialist, Jeff Jungman helps clients understand the nuances of bank compliance and regulatory matters. Jeff has more than 25 years' experience as a bank regulator and holds the following certifications:

  • American Bankers Association - Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Independent Community Bankers of America - Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer
  • Conference of State Bank Supervisors - Certified Examinations Manager
  • West Des Moines Police Department - Certified Reserve Peace Officer

Jeff worked for 12 years as Vice President - Senior Audit & Compliance Manager at Bankers Trust Company, Iowa's largest independent community bank. During his time there he maintained compliance, loan review programs and regulation adherence, accountability, monitoring, and training. 

Before joining Bankers Trust in 2004, Jeff served as Chief Bank Examiner for the state of North Dakota. Jeff also served as Market President for a regional bank in Colorado. Additionally, he worked as an assistant to the Superintendent of Banking for the state of Iowa for 17 years. Read more about Jeff here.


If you’re a financial institution looking for counsel, contact us today!

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