Jess Vilsack focuses on commercial and business matters, specializing in negotiating business agreements, managing risk, and resolving business disputes. He often assists clients in a capacity similar to an in-house general counsel, advising clients about strategic legal and business issues. Jess has a network of legal, business, and political contacts and frequently assists clients in developing and enhancing relationships with local, state, and federal governments.
Before joining the firm, Jess worked as in-house counsel for MidAmerican Energy Company and as a prosecutor in the Polk County Attorney’s Office. Jess has considerable trial experience, having served as lead counsel in more than 30 jury trials as a prosecutor. Jess started his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald E. Longstaff, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.
Jess received his B.A. from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, in 2000. He graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2003. During law school, Jess studied at the London Law Consortium in London, England.
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Central Iowa Shelter & Services
- President, 2011–2013
- Board of Directors, 2008–2015
Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commissioner
Iowa Sports Foundation (Iowa Games)
Board of Directors, 2016–present
Director and Senior Counsel, Legal and Compliance, Athene USA Corporation, 7700 Mills Civic Pkwy., West Des Moines, Iowa 50266; (515) 342–4978
Managing Partner, Homestead Capital USA LLC, 101 Mission St., Suite 505, San Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 369-9918