David B. Gonzales

David B. Gonzales
699 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309
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515.244.2600 x563


As a member of the firm’s Banking, Trusts and Estates, and Employment Law Practice Groups, David Gonzales assists individuals and business clients in a variety of legal matters, including banking regulation, trusts and estate law, banking law, and immigration and employment issues. He also serves bank trust departments, helping resolve trust administration issues. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal court, as well as in administrative matters before the FDIC, Federal Reserve, and Iowa Division of Banking. David also provides banking clients with legislative analysis of bills pending in the Iowa Legislature.

David regularly blogs and presents topics to groups on various banking and employment issues, including new laws and regulations that affect individuals and financial institutions, contemporary immigration issues, employment topics such as the I-9 verification process, and much more.

Prior to pursuing a career in the law, David worked for ten years in media relations and broadcasting for professional hockey teams and local radio stations both on and off the air. He also worked in crop input financing for six years, and is a veteran of the United States Army Field Artillery Corps.

Education & Background

  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
  • B.A., University of Northern Iowa (Finance/Financial Services, Summa Cum Laude)


Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa

Admitted to practice in the following federal courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa

Memberships & Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Trust Association
  • Central Iowa Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Articles & Presentations

Presenter, "Proposed Regulatory Safe Harbor for Pending LIBOR Transition," Dickinson Law Banking Webinar Series, September 15, 2020

Author, Looming LIBOR Transition: Bank Planning Should Start Now, Iowa Banking Law Blog, July 20, 2020

Author, Department of Homeland Security Addresses Ongoing COVID-19 Issues with Temporary Policies, Iowa Employer Law Blog, May 20, 2020

Author, Iowa Workforce Development Announces It May Again Start Charging Employer Accounts for Benefits Paid as a Result of COVID-19 Pandemic, Iowa Employer Law Blog, April 20, 2020

Author, Federal Banking Regulators Issue Community Bank Leverage Guidance in Accordance with CARES Act, Iowa Banking Law Blog, April 7, 2020

Author, Newest I-9 Form “Update” Includes a Reminder of Responsibility, Iowa Employer Law Blog, February 6, 2020

Author, Nobody is SAFE: Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019 Languishes in U.S. Senate, Dickinson Law News Blog, December 17, 2019

Author, FinCEN Changes SAR Guidance in Wake of USDA Rules Update, Dickinson Law News Blog, December 3, 2019 

Author, Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies Powers and Plan Due Dates for Existing Guardianships and Conservatorships, Dickinson Law News Blog, November 21, 2019 

Presenter, Conservatorship Banking: How to Handle Upcoming Changes to Iowa Law, Dickinson Law Webinar (Available On-Demand), September 27, 2019 

Author, Cross Border Marijuana: The New Compliance Frontier, Dickinson Law News Blog, September 10, 2019 

Author, New Version of Form I-9 posted in Federal Register for Public Comment, Dickinson Law News Blog, August 29, 2019

Author, Iowa’s Quirky New Sports Wagering Law, Dickinson Law News Blog, July 31, 2019

Author, The Bell Fails to Toll (SCOTUS Does Not Strike the Auer), Dickinson Law News Blog, June 27, 2019 

Author, The Treasury Department, Old Time Hockey and the Beneficial Owner Rule, Dickinson Law News Blog, June 4, 2019 

Presenter, Webinar: The ABCs of I-9s, Dickinson Law Webinar (Available On-Demand), March 14, 2019

Author, No, The Government Won’t Verify Employment Eligibility For You, Dickinson Law News Blog, February 18, 2019

Author, The Wisdom of a Preventative I-9 Audit, Dickinson Law News Blog, December 11, 2018

Author, Who is an Immigrant?, Dickinson Law News Blog, November 20, 2018

Author, Wait! I needed that! (Crummey Trust Edition), Dickinson Law News Blog, October 26, 2018 

Author, Do I Really Have to Send These Crummey Notices? It Depends on the “Totality of Circumstances”, Dickinson Law News Blog, October 11, 2018.

Author, The Crummey Side of Trust Banking, Dickinson Law News Blog, October 4, 2018.