Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

Gregory B. Wilcox

Greg is a shareholder of the firm, a member of the firm's Business, Finance, and Real Estate Department and has served as chairman of the firm. With a practice focused on business law and business transactions, he has represented a diverse mix of organizations, including Fortune 500, multi-national, and closely-held companies.

In addition to transactional assignments and other projects for his business clients, Greg is often requested to assist clients in a capacity similar to that of an in-house general counsel. In that strategic role, he advises clients on the difficult issues and challenging opportunities for businesses.

Greg has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law, Corporate Compliance and Mergers & Acquisitions; in Chambers USA for Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions; and Great Plains Super Lawyers for Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Closely-Held Business. He was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as the 2015 and 2018 Mergers & Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Des Moines and as the 2020 Corporate Governance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Des Moines.  

He has practiced in many facets of business law, including business acquisitions and divestitures, mergers, joint ventures, contracts, business financing, advising boards of directors, corporate restructuring and reorganizations, franchising, cooperative law, software licensing, and private placements of securities for clients in a wide variety of industries.

Greg's representation of closely-held businesses includes formation, buy-sell agreements, business planning, disputes among owners, and liquidation.

Greg has served as an adjunct professor at Drake University Law School teaching the mergers and acquisitions class.


 Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent

The Best Lawyers in America®: Agriculture Law, 2018-2020; Corporate Governance Law, 2012-2020; Corporate Law, 2005-2020; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2011-2020; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2014-2020

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Governance Law - Des Moines, Iowa, 2020

Best Lawyers Award Badge  

The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Mergers & Acquisitions Law - Des Moines, Iowa, 2015, 2018

  Best Lawyers Award Badge

Chambers USA, Corporate/M & A, 2011-2019


Great Plains Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Closely Held Business, 2009-2019


Order of the Coif

Recognized by Drake Law School as “150 in 150” (one of 150 individuals recognized by Drake Law School in celebration of its 150 year history).

Associate Articles Editor, Drake Law Review

Professional and Community Affiliations

Present Affiliations:
Fellow American Bar Association

American Bar Association Business Law Section

Fellow Iowa State Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Section:
Subcommittee on Revisions to Iowa Business Corporation Act
Business Law Section, Legislative Subcommittee

Polk County Bar Association

Board of Directors and Chairman, Iowa Sports Foundation (Iowa Games)

Legislative Committee, Iowa Institute for Cooperatives

Board of Counselors, Drake Law School

Past Affiliations:
Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Section:
Chair, Business Law Section
Editor, Business Law Practice Manual
Subcommittee on Revisions to Iowa Limited Liability Company
Professional Corporation Committee
Chair, Committee on Legal Forms

Lincoln Inn

Board of Directors, Iowa Chapter of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Board of Directors, Des Moines Golf & Country Club

Board of Directors, West Des Moines Community Schools Foundation

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University of Iowa (B.B.A.)
Major: Finance
Minor: Accounting

Drake University (J.D., with honors)

Bar Admissions


Professional Experience

Adjunct Professor, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drake University Law School, 2009-2010; 2014

Representative Transactions

Sale of assets Aerospace parts manufacturer to private equity group (Seller’s counsel)

Sale of 33-story hotel (Seller’s counsel)

Sale of assets of a food manufacturer to private equity group (seller's counsel)

Acquisition of the stock of a property and casualty insurance shell by a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company from a publicly-held corporation (Buyer’s counsel)

Leveraged buyout by the management group of a manufacturing division of a publicly-held company (Buyer’s counsel)

Acquisition of sixteen grain handling and grain marketing facilities by a regional agricultural business (Buyer’s counsel)

Acquisition of the assets of an automotive parts manufacturing company by a multi-national manufacturing company (Buyer’s counsel)

Acquisition by a multi-national manufacturing company of an automotive parts manufacturing division of a multi-national manufacturing company (Buyer’s counsel)

Sale of its assets of a technology company to a publicly-held company (Seller’s counsel)

Purchase of assets of a regional juice manufacturing company by a regional food manufacturing company (Buyer’s counsel)

Sale of assets of a rural water district to a municipal water works (Seller’s counsel)

Representation over many years with respect to over 45 mergers, consolidations, sale of assets, and purchase of assets involving agricultural cooperatives.

Speeches and Publications


Business Acquisitions, Iowa State Bar Association Business Practice Manual (2000, Rev. 2004; Rev. 2010) (Co-Author).

Indemnification of Officers and Directors, Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Practice Manual (2004; Rev. 2010).

Third Party Legal Opinions, Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Practice Manual (2004; Rev. 2010) (Co-Author).

Commercial Law Chapter, Iowa Legal Research Guide (J. Edwards ed. 2003).

Duties of the Board of Directors Under the Iowa Business Corporation Act, 40 Drake L. Rev. 687 (Co-Author).

Director Liability Under Iowa Law – Duties and Protections, 13 J. Corp. L. 369 (Co-Author) (cited by the Iowa Supreme Court in Cookies Food Products, Inc. by Rowedder v. Lakes Warehouse Distrib., Inc., 430 N.W. 2d 447).

The Relative Priority of A Landlord’s Lien and Article Nine Security Interest, 35 Drake L. Rev. 27 (Co-Author) (cited by the Iowa Supreme Court in Perkins v. Farmers Trust & Sav. Bank, 421 N.W. 2d 533).


Special Drafting Considerations When Drafting Third-Party Legal Opinion Letters, Drake Law School (2017).

Negotiating Physician Employment Agreements and Buy-In Agreements, The Business of Medicine, the Broadlawns Family Practice Residency Program, Des Moines, Iowa (2017).

Applicability of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in Merger and Acquisition Transactions Involving Agricultural Cooperatives, Iowa Institute for Cooperatives (2016).

Drafting and Negotiating Exit Rights in Shareholder Agreements, Drake University Law School (2013).

Buying and Selling Businesses, Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Nuts & Bolts Seminar, Des Moines, Iowa (2012).

Earnouts in Business Acquisitions, Business Law Seminar, University of Iowa College of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (2011).

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