In the News

NAWBO Member Q&A: Cynthia Lande

Cynthia Lande, who goes by Cindy, is a partner at BrownWinick and serves as co-chair of BrownWinick’s Business and Corporate Law Practice Group. She also co-chairs the firm’s Women in Business Group. Her main areas of practice are taxation, employee benefits and general business transactions.

Outside of work, Lande is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations and a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys. She also serves on various boards, including Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines, Metro Women Connect and NAWBO Iowa.

Can you take me through your personal background?

I grew up in Ankeny, Iowa. I received undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance from Iowa State University. After graduating from Iowa State, I attended the University of Iowa College of Law. While in law school, I successfully completed the CPA exam.

After graduating from law school, I practiced law for a couple years in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My now-husband was working in Des Moines at the time, and I moved to Des Moines and joined the BrownWinick Law Firm shortly before we got married. I have been with BrownWinick for seven years now and have been a partner with the firm since the beginning of 2018.

What is your profession/business?

I am a partner with the BrownWinick Law Firm, practicing primarily in the areas of tax, employee benefits and business transactions. I help small and large employers design and administer executive compensation, retirement and health plans, and I assist employers with plan compliance, audits and investigations.

I regularly advise clients on business and individual tax issues and counsel clients with respect to general corporate and business matters. I help clients form new businesses, identify and create contracts to grow their business, expand their business through acquisitions and mergers and maximize profitability through a final sale or other exit. Lastly, I represent clients in audit and collection matters involving personal and business income tax in front of the Internal Revenue Service and Iowa Department of Revenue.

What is the favorite part of what you do?

My favorite part of my job is helping my clients resolve problems that are interfering with their business or working to identify ways to increase efficiencies and maximize profitability in the operation of their business.

What is your unique talent that people might not know? 

When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I enjoy training for and running marathons. My first marathon was the Quad Cities marathon in 2012, and my most recent marathon was Green Bay in 2018.

If you could meet one person — living or dead — who would it be? 

I would love to meet Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I admire all that she was able to accomplish at a time when it was so unusual for women to pursue advanced degrees or professions, as well as her lengthy career in public service. I think it would be fascinating to listen her to tell all of her unique experiences along the way.