Jason L.
Giles

“I’m conscientious about the client’s needs, helping them recognize and assess the risks they need to consider, but doing so in a way that doesn’t get in the way of getting a deal done.”

In his corporate business practice, Jason works on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial law, including business structure and planning, contracting and securities law, as well as intellectual property licensing, data privacy and security and e-commerce—all with the intent of serving the best interests of his clients, whether emerging start-ups, publicly held companies, or somewhere in between. His work involves industries as varied as public media, renewable energy, biotech, health care, construction, and insurance.

 

The MBA he earned during law school and while clerking for a federal judge shows Jason has always been intrigued by the world of business and its intersection with the law. “My interest has always been more on the transactional side—making deals happen, watching deals happen, helping business people who want to make something happen figure it out and work it out,” he says.

 

Jason’s practice in media and entertainment law sees him representing large publicly held media and marketing services companies, reality television show participants, authors, and musicians. Being located in Iowa has worked to his advantage in garnering clients and dealing with his counterparts whether in New York or Hollywood.

 

The best part of the job for Jason is helping his clients realize their vision. “They have a good idea, either individually or with a group of individuals, and they want to make something happen,” he says. “I really enjoy the opportunity of helping somebody accomplish their goals and their desires.”

 

And while some lawyers may find complicated cases a challenge, Jason enjoys the intellectual stimulation of his practice. “I’m constantly thinking and learning and trying to figure things out, see how the puzzle pieces fit or put the puzzle together in a way that makes the most sense for everyone,” he says.

 

In the community, Jason serves on several boards and committees for professional, trade industry, community, and religious organizations. He is passionate about his participation with public television, disaster recovery services, renewable fuels, leadership programs, youth sports, and scouting activities. “I value what my community provides to my family and others and feel that I have an opportunity to give back,” he says. He enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children, coaching athletic teams, and being active in his church.

 

Jason also served a full-time two-year mission to Ecuador as a young man and in 2012 spent two weeks in Ukraine as a teaching professional.

 

Martindale-Hubbell, AV®
Preeminent

 

BTI Client Service All-Star
2016

 

Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40 List
Honoree, 2014

 

Great Plains Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
2013–2016

 

Meritas Leadership Institute
Member, Class of 2013–2014

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program
Graduate, Class of 2008–2009

 

Opperman Scholar

 

Order of the Coif

 

Public Service Certificate
Drake Law School, 2003

 

Drake Law Review
Staff Member, 2001–2003

 

General representation of national media and publishing company in connection with digital media, intellectual property, IT licensing, acquisitions and divestitures, and general corporate matters.

 

General representation of many small to midsize companies in role similar to general counsel.

 

Representation of integrated publicly held biodiesel business, including private equity financing, multiple facility acquisitions for stock and cash; roll-up transaction to acquire two publicly held biodiesel companies for stock; facility purchase out of bankruptcy and related debt and equity financing; facility expansions including construction and development agent; purchase of refining facility and deepwater port terminal for a combination of stock, cash, earn-out, and debt assumption; negotiation of joint operating arrangements with adjacent facilities; and purchase of industrial land and related servitudes from adjacent landowner for plant expansion.

 

Representation of institutional healthcare organization's venture capital investment fund engaged in strategic early-to-mid stage financing of companies in the healthcare industry pursuing new and emerging technologies; representation includes all aspects of due diligence and review and negotiation of all transaction documents and preparation of materials for review by fund managers and investment committee.

 

Representation of a food, agricultural and bio-based product development and manufacturing company in its acquisition of a glycerin and vegetable oil refinery; transaction included the asset acquisition of two companies, real estate purchase from a third entity, refinance of existing debt involving multiple loans, negotiation of new debt, investment by a private equity firm and stock offering to additional investors. 

 

Representation of a large physician's investor network on acquisition of outstanding units, including interest in a large surgical hospital. 

 

Representation of an Egyptian seed company in sale to a London-based private equity fund.

 

Representation of partnership in the sale of a nationally affiliated hotel in downtown Des Moines in one of the most expensive commercial property divestitures in Des Moines.

 

Representation of multinational insurance company in the review and updating of all agent and broker-dealer contracts and forms.

 

General representation of multinational insurance company in connection with intellectual property, IT licensing, and general corporate matters.

 

General representation of startup insurance products business in connection with negotiation of agency agreements, MGA agreement, IP sublicense agreement, claims handling agreement, and master license agreement.

 

General representation of multispecialty health clinic organisation.

 

Representation of individuals and local business owners in negotiations for reality television series.

 

Representation of mechanical and electrical contractor in acquisition of another contractor.

 

Representation of utility construction and engineering company in acquisition of competitor.

 

Participation in general representation of international food production company in connection with general corporate matters.

 

Representation of car dealership in the sale of its assets, including multiple car dealerships in a series of transactions.

  

Representation of a countertop and cabinet company in the acquisition of the assets of a cabinet design and installation company.

 

Participation in sale of assets of rendering company for stock and cash.

 

Participation in representation of a trucking, warehousing, and logistics company in connection with equity investments by private equity funds and subsequent acquisitions throughout the United States.

 

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

 

Iowa State Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Law Section Council (previous)
  • Legal Forms Committee (previous)

 

Polk County Bar Association
Law Day Committee (previous)

 

Iowa Public Broadcasting Board
Governor’s Appointee, 2013–present

 

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

  • Biodiesel Promotion Committee
  • Member, 2018–present

 

American Red Cross, Central Iowa Chapter

  • Board of Directors, 2015–present
  • Executive Committee, Member 2016–2018
  • Board Development Committee, Chair, 2016–2018
  • Outreach Committee
  • Diversity Committee, Member

 

Iowa Mormon Trails Association
Board Member, 2013–present

 

Juvenile Drug Court Collaborative
Founding Board Member, 2015–2017

 

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

  • 2005–present
  • Attorney Sponsor for Student Chapter, Drake University Law School, 2011–2013

 

Federalist Society
Des Moines Attorney Chapter Steering Committee, 2010–2011

 

Meritas Leadership Institute
Class of 2013–2014

 

Youth Leadership Initiative Council

  • Chair, 2011–2013; 
  • Program Chair-Elect, 2010–2011 
  • Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2010–2011
  • Co-Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2009–2010 
  • Mentor Volunteer, 2009–2013 
  • Program Committee, 2009–2013 
  • Curriculum Committee, 2009–2013 
  • Selection Committee, 2009–2013

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
Board of Governors, 2010–2013

 

Greater Des Moines Partnership Regional Workforce Development/Education Board
2011–2013

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program
Graduate, Class of 2008–2009

 

Holiday Park Baseball Club Board of Directors
Secretary and Director, 2007–2008

 

Romney for President Campaign

  • Iowa Legal Team, Volunteer, 2011–2012
  • Iowa Jobs Team, Member, 2011–2012

 

LDS Priesthood Leadership Training on Scouting, Philmont Scout Ranch
Graduate, 2011

 

LDS-BSA Relationships Committee
Chair, 2012–2016

 

Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa Council
Membership Committee Member, 2013–2016

 

Des Moines Iowa Stake 2011 Friends of Scouting Campaign
Chair, 2010–2011

 

Boy Scouts of America, Bo Qui District

  • Unit Commissioner, 2011–2013
  • Mid Iowa Council, Assistant Council Commissioner, 2014–2016

 

Boy Scouts of America

  • Troop 80, Troop Representative, 2008–2010
  • Troop Committee, Member, 2005–2008
  • Troop Committee, Chair, 2001–2005; 
  • Troop 54, Troop Committee Member, 2016–2019
  • Venture Post 54, Crew Advisor, 2016–2019

 

Drake Small Business Development Center
Volunteer, 2002–2005

 

ISBA Business Law Practice Manual
Board of Editors, co-authored chapter on Electronic Commerce, 2018

 

Presented numerous speeches or seminars on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate structuring, and intellectual property to or for:

  • University of Iowa’s Venture School
  • Iowa State’s CBiRC
  • National Business Institute
  • Association of Corporate Counsel of America
  • Iowa Society of Association Executive
  • Other organizations

OVERVIEW

In his corporate business practice, Jason works on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate and commercial law, including business structure and planning, contracting and securities law, as well as intellectual property licensing, data privacy and security and e-commerce—all with the intent of serving the best interests of his clients, whether emerging start-ups, publicly held companies, or somewhere in between. His work involves industries as varied as public media, renewable energy, biotech, health care, construction, and insurance.

 

The MBA he earned during law school and while clerking for a federal judge shows Jason has always been intrigued by the world of business and its intersection with the law. “My interest has always been more on the transactional side—making deals happen, watching deals happen, helping business people who want to make something happen figure it out and work it out,” he says.

 

Jason’s practice in media and entertainment law sees him representing large publicly held media and marketing services companies, reality television show participants, authors, and musicians. Being located in Iowa has worked to his advantage in garnering clients and dealing with his counterparts whether in New York or Hollywood.

 

The best part of the job for Jason is helping his clients realize their vision. “They have a good idea, either individually or with a group of individuals, and they want to make something happen,” he says. “I really enjoy the opportunity of helping somebody accomplish their goals and their desires.”

 

And while some lawyers may find complicated cases a challenge, Jason enjoys the intellectual stimulation of his practice. “I’m constantly thinking and learning and trying to figure things out, see how the puzzle pieces fit or put the puzzle together in a way that makes the most sense for everyone,” he says.

 

In the community, Jason serves on several boards and committees for professional, trade industry, community, and religious organizations. He is passionate about his participation with public television, disaster recovery services, renewable fuels, leadership programs, youth sports, and scouting activities. “I value what my community provides to my family and others and feel that I have an opportunity to give back,” he says. He enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children, coaching athletic teams, and being active in his church.

 

Jason also served a full-time two-year mission to Ecuador as a young man and in 2012 spent two weeks in Ukraine as a teaching professional.

 

RECOGNITION

Martindale-Hubbell, AV®
Preeminent

 

BTI Client Service All-Star
2016

 

Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40 List
Honoree, 2014

 

Great Plains Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
2013–2016

 

Meritas Leadership Institute
Member, Class of 2013–2014

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program
Graduate, Class of 2008–2009

 

Opperman Scholar

 

Order of the Coif

 

Public Service Certificate
Drake Law School, 2003

 

Drake Law Review
Staff Member, 2001–2003

 

REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONS

General representation of national media and publishing company in connection with digital media, intellectual property, IT licensing, acquisitions and divestitures, and general corporate matters.

 

General representation of many small to midsize companies in role similar to general counsel.

 

Representation of integrated publicly held biodiesel business, including private equity financing, multiple facility acquisitions for stock and cash; roll-up transaction to acquire two publicly held biodiesel companies for stock; facility purchase out of bankruptcy and related debt and equity financing; facility expansions including construction and development agent; purchase of refining facility and deepwater port terminal for a combination of stock, cash, earn-out, and debt assumption; negotiation of joint operating arrangements with adjacent facilities; and purchase of industrial land and related servitudes from adjacent landowner for plant expansion.

 

Representation of institutional healthcare organization's venture capital investment fund engaged in strategic early-to-mid stage financing of companies in the healthcare industry pursuing new and emerging technologies; representation includes all aspects of due diligence and review and negotiation of all transaction documents and preparation of materials for review by fund managers and investment committee.

 

Representation of a food, agricultural and bio-based product development and manufacturing company in its acquisition of a glycerin and vegetable oil refinery; transaction included the asset acquisition of two companies, real estate purchase from a third entity, refinance of existing debt involving multiple loans, negotiation of new debt, investment by a private equity firm and stock offering to additional investors. 

 

Representation of a large physician's investor network on acquisition of outstanding units, including interest in a large surgical hospital. 

 

Representation of an Egyptian seed company in sale to a London-based private equity fund.

 

Representation of partnership in the sale of a nationally affiliated hotel in downtown Des Moines in one of the most expensive commercial property divestitures in Des Moines.

 

Representation of multinational insurance company in the review and updating of all agent and broker-dealer contracts and forms.

 

General representation of multinational insurance company in connection with intellectual property, IT licensing, and general corporate matters.

 

General representation of startup insurance products business in connection with negotiation of agency agreements, MGA agreement, IP sublicense agreement, claims handling agreement, and master license agreement.

 

General representation of multispecialty health clinic organisation.

 

Representation of individuals and local business owners in negotiations for reality television series.

 

Representation of mechanical and electrical contractor in acquisition of another contractor.

 

Representation of utility construction and engineering company in acquisition of competitor.

 

Participation in general representation of international food production company in connection with general corporate matters.

 

Representation of car dealership in the sale of its assets, including multiple car dealerships in a series of transactions.

  

Representation of a countertop and cabinet company in the acquisition of the assets of a cabinet design and installation company.

 

Participation in sale of assets of rendering company for stock and cash.

 

Participation in representation of a trucking, warehousing, and logistics company in connection with equity investments by private equity funds and subsequent acquisitions throughout the United States.

 

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee

 

Iowa State Bar Association

  • Business Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Intellectual Property Law Section Council (previous)
  • Legal Forms Committee (previous)

 

Polk County Bar Association
Law Day Committee (previous)

 

Iowa Public Broadcasting Board
Governor’s Appointee, 2013–present

 

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

  • Biodiesel Promotion Committee
  • Member, 2018–present

 

American Red Cross, Central Iowa Chapter

  • Board of Directors, 2015–present
  • Executive Committee, Member 2016–2018
  • Board Development Committee, Chair, 2016–2018
  • Outreach Committee
  • Diversity Committee, Member

 

Iowa Mormon Trails Association
Board Member, 2013–present

 

Juvenile Drug Court Collaborative
Founding Board Member, 2015–2017

 

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

  • 2005–present
  • Attorney Sponsor for Student Chapter, Drake University Law School, 2011–2013

 

Federalist Society
Des Moines Attorney Chapter Steering Committee, 2010–2011

 

Meritas Leadership Institute
Class of 2013–2014

 

Youth Leadership Initiative Council

  • Chair, 2011–2013; 
  • Program Chair-Elect, 2010–2011 
  • Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2010–2011
  • Co-Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2009–2010 
  • Mentor Volunteer, 2009–2013 
  • Program Committee, 2009–2013 
  • Curriculum Committee, 2009–2013 
  • Selection Committee, 2009–2013

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
Board of Governors, 2010–2013

 

Greater Des Moines Partnership Regional Workforce Development/Education Board
2011–2013

 

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Community Leadership Program
Graduate, Class of 2008–2009

 

Holiday Park Baseball Club Board of Directors
Secretary and Director, 2007–2008

 

Romney for President Campaign

  • Iowa Legal Team, Volunteer, 2011–2012
  • Iowa Jobs Team, Member, 2011–2012

 

LDS Priesthood Leadership Training on Scouting, Philmont Scout Ranch
Graduate, 2011

 

LDS-BSA Relationships Committee
Chair, 2012–2016

 

Boy Scouts of America, Mid-Iowa Council
Membership Committee Member, 2013–2016

 

Des Moines Iowa Stake 2011 Friends of Scouting Campaign
Chair, 2010–2011

 

Boy Scouts of America, Bo Qui District

  • Unit Commissioner, 2011–2013
  • Mid Iowa Council, Assistant Council Commissioner, 2014–2016

 

Boy Scouts of America

  • Troop 80, Troop Representative, 2008–2010
  • Troop Committee, Member, 2005–2008
  • Troop Committee, Chair, 2001–2005; 
  • Troop 54, Troop Committee Member, 2016–2019
  • Venture Post 54, Crew Advisor, 2016–2019

 

Drake Small Business Development Center
Volunteer, 2002–2005

 

SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS

ISBA Business Law Practice Manual
Board of Editors, co-authored chapter on Electronic Commerce, 2018

 

Presented numerous speeches or seminars on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate structuring, and intellectual property to or for:

  • University of Iowa’s Venture School
  • Iowa State’s CBiRC
  • National Business Institute
  • Association of Corporate Counsel of America
  • Iowa Society of Association Executive
  • Other organizations