August 18, 2015

Des Moines, Iowa (August 18, 2015)  Two lawyers from Ahlers & Cooney, P.C., a Des Moines-based law firm, were recently selected by their peers for “Lawyers of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 edition for Des Moines.

James C. Hanks was selected as Best Lawyer of the Year in Des Moines for Labor Law – Management.  Jim combines his public/private sector employment and traditional labor practice, with extensive expertise in the K-12 Education and Higher Education practice areas.

Jane B. McAllister was selected as Best Lawyer of the Year in Des Moines for Environmental Law.  Jane represents industrial, municipal, and educational institutions in compliance issues arising from all Iowa and federal environmental law.  She also works with clients on commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and they have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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For nearly 125 years, Ahlers & Cooney has been providing comprehensive legal services to local, state, national and international businesses, educational institutions and municipalities.

Hanks, James


McAllister, Jane


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