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Posts by Jesse Johnston

Jesse’s practice covers several areas of the law but are united by her focus on problem-solving for her clients.  Jesse assists school boards with the firm’s education law practice.  As a former teacher from Des Moines Public Schools, Jesse is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of those involved in public education:  the districts, their employees, and the students.  Jesse is well versed in first amendment rights of teachers and students, disciplinary considerations for Special Education students, bullying and harassment policies and investigations, open meeting and open records issues, and personnel management, Instructional support levies, and has represented individuals before the Board of Education Examiners and the Department of Education.  Jesse practices with the labor and employment section with the firm as well, assisting with non-compete agreements, FMLA issues, and drug testing.  Jesse has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the employment context. 

Jesse also maintains a robust banking practice where her area of expertise is in assisting banks with regulatory compliance.  Jesse has worked with the Iowa Division of Banking to represent clients on a variety of issues that impact community banks.  Jesse has adeptly handled matters dealing with Iowa law like the legal lending limit, portfolio management, consumer credit code, and deposit account agreements.  Jesse also knows the federal legal framework regulated by the FDIC, Federal Reserve, and the OCC including issues like consumer privacy under the GLBA, BSA/AML compliance, and the complex home state/host state laws related to out-of-state bank branches.  Jesse also handles third-party contract reviews for vendors and servicers of banks including negotiating data processing agreements. 

Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drake University in 2003 after studying English and Political Science. Jesse obtained her Master’s Degree in teaching from Drake in 2004, and worked for Des Moines Public Schools from 2005 – 2012. She worked in a variety of settings with the school district, including as an 8th grade reading teacher and district-wide curriculum coordinator. In 2015, Jesse graduated with high honors from Drake Law School, where she served as associate editor of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, a member of the moot court board, and a member of the Environmental Moot Court Team. 

Posted on 10/30/2018 at 03:24 PM by Jesse Johnston

Safe Harbor for Banks that Provide Elder Abuse Training

Congress recently passed bipartisan law designed to protect senior citizens, known as the Senior Safe Act.  This is...

Posted on 09/24/2018 at 08:57 AM by Jesse Johnston

Finding Consistency in Cybersecurity

A recently released study regarding cyber-threats give financial institutions some reassurances that their efforts in cy...

Posted on 08/16/2018 at 07:45 AM by Jesse Johnston

Banks Beware:  Massive Phishing Attack in Progress!

Tech security and research firm Cofense issued a report on August 15 warning of a change in Necurs botnet activity of wh...

Posted on 05/05/2017 at 11:44 AM by Jesse Johnston

Community banks and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Title Ill of the ADA provides that "no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the...
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