Mary is a shareholder in the Litigation Department of Nyemaster Goode in Des Moines, Iowa, where she handles almost exclusively employment and labor matters. She litigates on behalf of management in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and before arbitrators concerning employment contract disputes; sexual harassment; race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination; wrongful termination; Family and Medical Leave Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; non-compete agreements; and unemployment. In addition to litigating cases, Mary proactively counsels clients on issues such as hiring and firing, drug testing and policies, harassment and discrimination investigations, employment policies, wage and hour issues, employee leave issues, and company handbooks. She also negotiates collectively bargained contracts; prepares and implements union avoidance campaigns; and drafts corporate documents related to employment such as contracts, non-compete agreements, policies and procedures, company handbooks, and settlement agreements and releases.
A native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Mary is a 1995 graduate with distinction of the University of Iowa College of Law. During law school, she served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Iowa Law Review. Mary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University, graduating magna cum laude, in 1992. She is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Iowa and Illinois, is AV rated by Martindale Hubble, and has received best lawyers recognition (employment defense counsel) from Chambers USA and Great Plaines Super Lawyers.
The Labor and Employment Law Department of Nyemaster Goode, P.C. represents public and private sector clients in all areas of labor and employment law, including union organizational campaigns, labor negotiations, and employment litigation including unfair labor practice, discrimination and wrongful discharge, ERISA claims, and suits before federal and state courts, NLRB, Department of Labor, EEOC, OSHA, Iowa Civil Rights Commission and others. Department attorneys handle grievance and interest arbitration proceedings and advise clients on personnel-related issues, affirmative action, disciplinary procedures, cooperative labor-management programs and many other employment-related problems.
Firm Practice Areas
Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge Litigation, Traditional Labor Law, Negotiations, Union Avoidance Campaigns, Wage and Hour Advice and Litigation, OSHA Compliance and Litigation, Class Actions, Commercial and Business Litigation, Tort and Product Liability Cases, Fire Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Bankruptcy Matters, Professional Liability Claims, Environmental Issues, Real Estate Litigation, Securities Fraud, Railroad Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Domestic Relations and Appeals to all State and Federal Courts, Securities Law (both Public and Private Offerings, and Representing Publicly Held Companies); General Corporate and Business Matters; Commercial Financing and Mortgage Lending; Mergers and Acquisitions; Financial Institution (including Regulatory) Matters; Small Business and other individual matters; Formation and Representation of Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies; Environmental Law; Real Estate Law, including Real Estate Development and Related Transactions; Franchising; Cooperatives; General and Regulatory Insurance Company Law; Non-Profit Corporations; and Municipal Law and Health Law, Estate Planning and Administration, ERISA and Employee Benefits, Federal and State Tax Controversies, and a variety of Transactional Tax Planning Matters including Corporate Reorganizations and Restructurings, Tax-Free Spin-Offs and Mergers and Acquisitions, Workers' Compensation, and Government Affairs (represents business, insurance and professional associations, businesses and charities before the Iowa Legislature, the Governor's Office and numerous state agencies).