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Angela C. Brick

Angie Brick is a shareholder in the firm’s Tax, Estate Planning, and Employee Benefits Department and practices primarily in employee benefits and ERISA. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of retirement plans, both qualified plans and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and health and welfare benefit plans.

Her practice experience in these areas extends to consulting, plan design, plan drafting, implementation, qualification, and administration compliance, and includes experience in ESOP transactions, analysis of employee benefit plans in mergers and acquisitions, and Internal Revenue Code and ERISA compliance matters for employee benefit plans. Angie has experience representing employers in DOL investigations, controversies, and DOL Voluntary Correction Program matters, as well as IRS audits and IRS Voluntary Correction Program matters.

Angie received her B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Iowa and her J.D. with honors from Drake University Law School.

Pensions and Employee Benefits Practice:

Nyemaster Goode’s attorneys regularly cover all aspects of employee benefits, including: qualified retirement plans (including ESOPs, 401(k)s, and cash balance plans); nonqualified deferred compensation; 403(b) plans; 457 plans; severance plans; cafeteria plans; self-funded health plans; VEBAs; HSAs; HRAs; QDROs; COBRA compliance; fiduciary responsibility; ERISA compliance; IRAs; qualified retirement plan and IRA distribution planning; and employee benefit analysis in mergers and acquisitions.

Representative clients include Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa; MidAmerican Energy Company; Aviva USA Group Co.; Employers Mutual Casualty Company; FBL Financial Group, Inc. (Farm Bureau of Iowa companies); American Republic Insurance Company; GuideOne Insurance Company; The Iowa Clinic, P.C.; McFarland Clinic, P.C.; Medical Center Anesthesiologists, P.C.; Diagnostic Imaging Associates, P.C.; Iowa Automobile Dealers Association; and Iowa Hospital Association.

Nyemaster Goode, P.C.:

Founded in 1918, Nyemaster Goode is Iowa’s largest law firm with offices in Des Moines, Ames, and Cedar Rapids. Our broadly diverse practice enables us to offer solutions to the most challenging legal issues in virtually every area of the law to companies that range in size from emerging start-ups to Fortune 500s, as well as to individuals. Perhaps this is why we were listed as a Go-To Law Firm® in a recent survey of the top 500 U.S. companies by Corporate Counsel magazine.

Nyemaster Goode holds several exclusive memberships with leading law organizations. We are Iowa’s only member of Meritas, a global alliance of 170 independent business law firms from more than 60 countries, delivering coordinated, localized legal services. As members, we are privileged to have a network of more than 6,500 experienced lawyers around the world. We are also the only Iowa member of the Employment Law Alliance, a network of over 3,000 lawyers around the world knowledgeable in state and national labor and employment law. The Employment Law Alliance includes lawyers specializing in employment law in all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 90 foreign countries. Since labor laws vary from state to state and from country to country, we take full advantage of the resources provided by other member firms of the Alliance in order to best serve our clients. Additionally, we are the only Iowa member of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group, an association of more than 140 independent law firms serving businesses in all 50 states and in capital cities and major commercial centers around the world. With its unique network of capital-based attorneys, former government officials, state government practitioners and international law attorneys, the State Capital Global Law Firm Group’s member firms are strategically positioned to serve the most diverse business needs in today’s global economy.

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Johannes Schipp

Dr. Johannes Schipp was born in 1959. He has been a licensed lawyer since 1985 and since 1987 a specialist lawyer for employment law. In 1991 he was promoted at the University of Bielefeld. Apart from his professional commitments as a lawyer he also makes literary contributions and is a active lecturer in the training of specialist lawyers.

He is one of the editors of the book ‘labour law of company pension scheme’. He is chairman of the working group labour law of the German Bar Association (DAV).

Employment & Pensions Practice:

Most of our clients on the employer side work with us in a permanent consultancy relationship. This way we are familiar with the operational features and are always up-to-date on current affairs. We can therefore solve issues also arising at short notice, especially in the area of industrial constitution law, with great competence.

A focal point of our activities is the reorganisation of a company. Together with the responsible persons on site as well as any involved management consultants we develop strategies for the execution of operational concepts together. We naturally take on the employment law-related transition and conduct any cases that may prove to be necessary.

The costs for company pension schemes are becoming increasingly important especially with regard to corporate transfers and this not only in the case of the privatisation of public utilities. We can help with the reorganisation or dissolution of previously existing company pension schemes by drawing on the competence which we have achieved throughout the many years of experience.

A further focal point of our activities is the representation of boards of directors, managing directors and executives. Especially these mandates require qualified and unconditionally result-orientated negotiation strategies. At the same time it is necessary to show a great amount of sensitivity when dealing with negotiation opponents and a realistic assessment of the actual feasibility.

T/S/C:

The law firm T-S-C operates nationwide and is well-known in the area of employment law. We are a highly specified chamber of specialist solicitors with a manageable number of legal staff members exclusively dealing with employment law mandates. Our clientele consists of mainly middle-sized and larger companies as well as management boards, managing directors and executives.

At the beginning of 2003, the lawyers’ office was formed from the already renowned Lawyers’ office for labour law Neef & Tschöpe. Due to its dissolution, the former two offices with their partners at other locations respectively were merged in Gütersloh, Germany, under the name Tschöpe/Schipp/Clemenz Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht [Lawyers specialised in Labour Law]. Following the retirement of Dr. Ulrich Tschöpe, and Mr Paschke and Dr. Wortmann joining the office as partners, the name was changed to T/S/C Fachanwälte für Arbeitsrecht and the lawyers’ office was transformed into a Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mit beschränkter Berufshaftung. In addition to the five partners, three lawyers are currently employed by the firm.

We wish to continue to grow in the future, however, taking great care and as far as possible with our own efforts in order to maintain the high quality standard and thereby still ensuring the personal intensive care of our clients that they are used to. We advise and represent our clients nationwide in all areas of employment law.

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