Senior Advisor


Margaret Van Houten, Senior Advisor of the National Health Law and Policy Resource Center, received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm and is Chair of the Business Section of the Davis Brown Law Firm. She practices in the areas of wills, estates, estate planning and probate law, taxation, charitable organizations and employee benefits. She is widely recognized for her professional expertise and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of estate planning and taxation since 1991.

She has been an adjunct professor of law at the Drake University College of Law and is a frequent speaker on estate planning and taxation issues. She has served as Chair of the Iowa Supreme Court Probate Rules Committee and as Chair and a member of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Unauthorized Practice of Law. She is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has served as Iowa State Chair of ACTEC. In addition she has been and is an active member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.