Phone: 515-271-5914
Erin Herbold-Swalwell


Erin Herbold-Swalwell


Office Direct: 515-271-5908

Mobile: 515-290-8607

Fax: 515-274-1488

Being raised on a family farm and my continued involvement with the farm and experience in the agricultural industry has prepared me to serve my clients. The wealth of experience of the attorneys and staff at Brick Gentry allows me to assist my clients with a wide-range of legal issues.

Erin Herbold-Swalwell practices primarily in the areas of agricultural law, estate planning and business succession planning. Prior to joining the private practice of law, Erin was the Staff Attorney at the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation where she assisted farmers and conducted research, writing, and public speaking in several areas of agricultural law. Erin has also served as chair of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Agricultural Law Section. Raised on a family farm near Mingo, Iowa, Erin continues to be involved with farming and agriculture. Erin enjoys giving back to the community and spending time with her family.

Areas of Practice

Administrative Law, Agricultural Law, Business Law, Environmental Law, Estate Planning and Probate, Real Estate


Attorney with Newbrough Law Firm, Ames, Iowa 2006-2007.

Staff Attorney with Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, Ames, Iowa, 2007-2011.

Attorney with Beving, Swanson, and Forrest, P.C. 2011-2015.

Recognitions and Publications



"Iowa Legislature digs in for busy session; Legal Issues: Top of the list includes water quality, tax reform, livestock issues and the budget shortfall." Wallaces Farmer, January 29, 2018.


How Farm Succession Affects Women in Agriculture” at the Iowa Power Farming Show, February 1, 2018.



"Budget cuts will affect farm programs; Legal Issues: Proposed cuts in USDA funding come as farmers are facing their fourth straight year of falling income." Wallaces Farmer, August 25, 2017.


"Drainage Districts" for the Iowa State Bar Association's 2017 Environmental Law Seminar, February 17, 2017.



Center for Ag Law and Tax Seminar on Sep. 8: Livestock Update:  Ag Nuisance Suits and Manure Easements; Current Issues in Enforcing Agricultural Liens and Farm Leases.

Iowa Land Investment Expo, “Tax Aspects of Acquiring Land: Residual Soil Fertility,”West Des Moines, Iowa, January 
ISU Extension Farm Labor Conference, “Legal Aspects of Hiring Farm Workers” (Amanas)(Calmar), January 2011
ISU Extension “Annie’s Project,” Presented on Estate Planning, Farnhamville, Fairfield, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, February 2011
Women, Land, and Legacy Conference- Maquoketa, Iowa- “Legalities of Farm Leasing,” February 2011
Iowa State University Beginning Farm Center Ag Link- “Estate Planning,” Ames, Iowa, February 2011
Wind Energy Presentations- “Legal Aspects of Contracting and Wind Easements,” Le Mars, Iowa, February 2011
Iowa State Association of County Auditors- “Township Trustee Issues and Fencing,” Des Moines, Iowa, March 2011
Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, “Agricultural Law Case Law Update,” Des Moines, Iowa, May 2011

Author of monthly column entitled “Farm Legal Issues” published in Wallaces Farmer.   
Apr. 2011- “Real Estate Transactions and Notice of Prior Acts Impacting Title”- Read Article Here
May 2011- “1099 Reporting Requirements Axed”- click link to read: Read Article Here

August 2011- “Good Reasons for Written Lease”- click link to read: Read Article Here

August 2011- “Federal Agency Backs Off- Operators of Farm Vehicles Not Subject to CDL Requirements”- Read Article Here

September 2011- “CDL Ruling Favorable to Farmers”- click link to read: Read Article Here

September 2011- “U.S. Department of Labor Proposed Rules Relate to Young Farm Workers”-Read Article Here

Iowa State University Commercial Applicator’s Conference, “Legal Issues in Commercial Application,” Ames, Iowa, January 2010
Wind Energy Presentations (Holstein, Iowa) (Creston, Iowa) “Wind Energy Legal Issues,” February 2010
ISU Extension Crop Advantage, “Ag Law Update,” Mason City, Iowa, February 2010
Cornbelt Cow/Calf Conference, Township Trustee and Fencing Issues, Ottumwa, Iowa, February 2010
Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting- Ag Law Section Agricultural Law Case Law Update, Des Moines, Iowa, June 2010
Township Trustee Training Meeting, Chariton, Iowa, June 2010
Farm Bureau Grazing Conference, West Des Moines, Iowa “Fence laws,” August 2010
Farm Progress Show, ISU Extension Presentation, August 2010 
Iowa Society of Enrolled Agents, “Farm Tax Update,” September 2010
Realtor’s Land Institute, “Ag Real Estate Update,” October 2010
Federal Bankruptcy Conference, “Taxpayer Relief Act 2009,” Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 2010
ISU Extension ProAg Series” “Ag Law Update,”Altoona, Spencer, Sheldon, and Storm Lake, Iowa, November 2010
Iowa Forage and Grazing Council Annual Meeting, “Roundup Ready Alfalfa Issues,” Des Moines, Iowa, November 2010
Passion for Pigs Seminar, “Veterinary Law,” Columbia, Missouri, December 2010

Publications: 2007-2010

July 2010- “New Iowa Legislation Impacting Rural Landowners and Agricultural Businesses”- Read Article Here

Nov. 2010- “Major Landowner Win- Court Blocks U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Attempt to Extend Jurisdiction Over “Prior Converted” Wetland”- Read Article Here

July 2009- “Force Majeure and Nonperformance Under Hog Production Contracts”- Read Article Here

March 2009- “Payment Limit Rules under the 2008 Farm Bill- Planning Implications for Producers”- Read Article Here
August 2007- “USDA Administrative Appeals- Its More Than Just Going Through the Motions”- Read Article Here