What would make someone leave the sun and warmth of Phoenix for Greater Des Moines?

For Matt McKinney, it was a desire to be around his family here, and a love for the city.

“I had a choice about where to live,” said McKinney, who moved back to the area with his wife in 2010. 

“We thought, ‘Hey, where can we really make an impact?’ And I think you can really make an impact in Des Moines.”

Originally from the area, a job opportunity at Tiffany & Bosco PA took McKinney to Phoenix in 2009. It was a great opportunity, he said, but “this is where I grew up. The values here are unmatched.”

McKinney also has an interest in entrepreneurship, which he gets to explore at BrownWinick by helping startup and small businesses navigate the legal system.

He’s also interested in technology, which he likes to use to build efficiencies at work and “jazz up” presentations for juries, judges and city council members.

His love for Des Moines and entrepreneurship seep into his community involvement as well. McKinney is a member of the West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission, where he finds joy in making connections with other cities that can help businesses in Central Iowa and, more specifically, West Des Moines. 

McKinney is also a co-founder of Professionals for Charity. 

That nonprofit organization’s goal is to raise money to help children’s charities in Iowa.

Outside of work, McKinney likes to golf and do anything else outdoors. 

Reasons he’s a Forty:

• Co-founded the Professionals for Charity nonprofit group

• A graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy

• Graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law

• “In addition to his excellent legal skills, Matt is a young leader and is extremely active in community and civic matters,” writes Marc Beltrame, an attorney at BrownWinick and a 2006 Forty under 40 honoree.

• McKinney is involved in a number of community organizations, including the West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission, the Heritage Bend Homeowners Association and the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce.