Des Moines, Iowa (January 6, 2015) Ann Smisek has joined the Ahlers & Cooney law firm as a member of the Firm’s Employment & Labor Law and K-12 Education practice areas, and will work with public bodies and school districts.
Ann counsels clients on various personnel matters regarding potential violation of employee policies and other applicable state or federal regulations. She also reviews employment policies and handbooks to provide recommendations on legal compliance and best practices.
Prior to Ahlers & Cooney, she served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board (IPERB). In addition to serving as a hearing officer on cases, she handled administrative appeals before the district court, Iowa Court of Appeals and Iowa Supreme Court regarding negotiability disputes. She also acted as a mediator to help settle cases and assist in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. Prior to the IPERB and upon graduation from law school, she worked 3-1/2 years as a Judicial Law Clerk for former Chief Judge Rosemary Shaw Sackett at the Iowa Court of Appeals.
Ann grew up in Mitchellville, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999 with a B.A. in English, and began her career in scientific publishing. She then attended the University of Iowa College of Law, served on the Iowa Law Review, and received her Juris Doctor in 2007 with honors.