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Misclassification of Iowa Workers

By: Joseph Rust Does your business have employees or do you use independent contractors? Maybe it is a combination of both? The misclassification of employees as independent contractors presents one of the most serious problems facing affected workers, employers, and even the entire economy. Employers need to be very careful and absolutely certain when classifying [...]

By |2018-09-25T19:22:57+00:00September 25th, 2018|Business Law|

Common Pitfalls When Running a Family Business

By Joseph Rust Own or operating a business with your family?  Over half of the businesses currently operating in the United States are family businesses.  While the term family business is used loosely most would agree it is some business with a combination of multiple family members involved as the owners, managers and employees.  These can [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00July 18th, 2018|Business Law|

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Announces Shareholder Changes

West Des Moines, IA, Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Sullivan & Ward, P.C. announces the following firm shareholder changes: Sullivan & Ward, P.C. is pleased to announce the promotion of Attorney Amanda A. James to shareholder. James is a public utility attorney who has established her expertise in public utility law and regulation through representation [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00February 5th, 2018|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Trademarks and Business Protection

Operating a business and want to distinguish your goods and services from those of all other companies? You should likely consider filing for a trademark. A trademark or service mark or also simply referred to as a "mark" is a word, name, symbol, device, or even any combination of used to distinguish the goods or [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Business Law, Regulatory Compliance|

Obtaining and Conducting Business using a DBA

Own a Company but operating your business under a different name than originally used to form the business? Have you registered, filed, or recorded for a Doing Business As, "DBA", or "d/b/a" also known as Trade Name, Fictitious Business Name or Assumed Name? Depending on how your company is organized you will need to file [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Business Law|

Joseph W. Rust joins Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. would like you to meet our newest attorney! Joseph W. Rust joined Sullivan & Ward, P.C. in the Spring of 2017 as an Associate Attorney. Joe grew up in Tinley Park, IL, attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree and later attended Drake University Law School. We invite you [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00July 18th, 2017|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Considering an Employment Contract?

You have probably heard many times, a company is only as good as its employees. In Iowa, we are in what is known as an at-will employment state. At-will employment means that if there is no formal agreement in place, generally either the employer or employee can end that relationship at any time for any [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00July 10th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

Amanda James Graduates from West Des Moines Leadership Academy

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Associate, Amanda James, recently graduated from the West Des Moines Leadership Academy (WDMLA). Developed in 2007, WDMLA focuses on developing and enhancing leadership skills of participants while stimulating increased leadership throughout the community. Participants receive 30 hours of leadership training over the course of 9 classes and have the opportunity to [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00June 7th, 2017|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|