Michael Giudicessi has been named leader of the Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (FaegreBD) office in Des Moines.


Giudicessi was a founding partner of FaegreBD's Des Moines office in 1990. As office leader, Giudicessi will guide the firm's community initiatives and provide administrative support to the 25 lawyers and staff of the Iowa office.


He succeeds partner Terri Combs, who remains a member of the firm's management board.


Giudicessi represents employers on discrimination, wrongful termination, contract and related state and federal claims; counsels employers, board members and officers on corporate, transactional and compliance issues; and maintains an active First Amendment practice on behalf of publishers, broadcasters and the new media.


Giudicessi is a Des Moines native who has practiced law in both corporate and private firm settings. He is the former general counsel of Palmer Communications Inc., and is current counsel and past president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. He is the vice chair of the Science Center of Iowa.


From 2011 to 2012, he served on the Iowa Supreme Court study committee on lawyer advertising. Faegre Baker Daniels is led by a management board of 15 members, responsible for strategic direction and policy of the firm.