Janet Phipps Burkhead

Janet Phipps Burkhead

Director at Iowa Department of Administrative Services

Des Moines, Iowa Area
Law Practice

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Janet Phipps Burkhead's Overview

  • Director at Iowa Department of Administrative Services
  • Attorney at McKee Voorhees & Sease, PLC
  • Director (Gubernatorial Appointment) at Michigan Department of Management and Budget
  • Director (Gubernatorial Appointment) at Iowa Department of General Services
  • Director, Iowa Department of General Services at State of Iowa

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Janet Phipps Burkhead's Experience


Iowa Department of Administrative Services

April 2014Present (6 months) Hoover State Office Building

Lead the state’s programs related to design, construction, and major maintenance; real estate leasing and space management; fleet; print and mail services; procurement; information technology; state accounting; and managing and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. The department’s initiatives in these program areas are driven by providing efficient, effective, and accountable services to our customer agencies.

General Counsel

Iowa Department of Administrative Services

February 2014April 2014 (3 months) Des Moines, Iowa

Provide legal counsel to Iowa state government in matters relating to human resources, procurement, construction, labor relations and other matters.

Partnership; 11-50 employees; Law Practice industry

November 2010February 2014 (3 years 4 months)

Janet E. Phipps Burkhead practices primarily in intellectual property law providing advice to employers and businesses regarding the protection of proprietary information and trade secrets. She also advises clients with respect to trademarks, copyrights, domain names, software licensing, as well as licensing and acquisition of a broad range of intellectual property assets.

Brigadier General (Retired)

Iowa Army National Guard

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; XXXX; Military industry

January 2008June 2013 (5 years 6 months) Camp Dodge, Iowa

Retired June 30, 2013 with 28 years of service.


McKee Voorhees & Sease, PLC

July 2005November 2010 (5 years 5 months)

Practiced intellectual property law, including U.S. and foreign trademark prosecution, copyrights, and litigation of trademark, copyright and patent matters.

Director (Gubernatorial Appointment)

Michigan Department of Management and Budget

19982001 (3 years)

Director (Gubernatorial Appointment)

Iowa Department of General Services

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

19941998 (4 years)

Director, Iowa Department of General Services

State of Iowa

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

19941998 (4 years)

Janet Phipps Burkhead's Organizations

  • On With Life

    Board of Directors
    • April 2013 to Present
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines

    Chair, Membership Development Committee, Board Member
    • May 2006 to Present
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

    Board of Directors
    • June 2011 to Present

Janet Phipps Burkhead's Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Women of Influence

    Business Record
    • July 2012

    About Women of Influence
    The Women of Influence awards celebrate the work of women who have made a difference. They’ve devoted their lives to doing things most wouldn’t. They’ve spent countless hours on various boards. They’ve blazed a trail either personally or professionally for other women to follow. They’re continually seeking ways to improve the Central Iowa, never satisfied with mere one-time contributions. They’re role models with impeccable ethics.

    When being considered for recognition candidates will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Success in their chosen field
    • Lasting impact on the community
    • Involvement with civic and/or non-profit organizations
    • Role model for other women through not only their achievements but also their high ethical standards.

  • 2013 Super Lawyer

    Super Lawyers
    • October 2013

    Selected for inclusion in the 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers List in the area of inIntellectual Property Law.

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement

Janet Phipps Burkhead's Skills & Expertise

  1. Litigation
  2. Appeals
  3. Trade Secrets
  4. Intellectual Property
  5. Civil Litigation
  6. Licensing
  7. Patent Litigation
  8. Legal Research
  9. Commercial Litigation
  10. Legal Writing
  11. Estate Planning
  12. Copyright Law
  13. Trademarks
  14. Family Law
  15. Patents
  16. Government
  17. Trials
  18. Mergers & Acquisitions
  19. Software Licensing

Janet Phipps Burkhead's Education

Drake Law School

J.D., Law


Activities and Societies: National Moot Court Team

Drake University

J.D., Law


Iowa State University

M.P.A., Public Administration


Iowa State University

B.S., Food & Nutrition - Dietetics


Janet Phipps Burkhead's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

Iowa Intellectual Property Law Assn, American Intellectual Property Law Assn, Iowa Trial Lawyers Assn, Iowa State Bar Assn, Polk County Bar Assn, American Bar Assn, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, Polk County Women Attorneys, Assn of the United States Army, National Guard Assn of the United States, Ft. Des Moines Museum & Education Center (Board Member 2003-2008; President 2007-2008), Women Executives in State Government (Chair, 1999-2000; Executive Board Member, 1998-1999, 2000-2001; Program Committee, 2001-2002), National Assn of State Chief Administrators (President, 1998-1999; Executive Board, 1995-1998, 2000-2001), American Society for Public Administration (Chair, Michigan Capital Area Chapter, 1999-2000)

Honors and Awards:

• Legion of Merit
• Meritorious Service Medal
• Army Commendation Medal
• Army Achievement Medal
• Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
• National Defense Service Medal
• Armed Forces Reserve Medal
• Army Service Ribbon
• Iowa Commendation Medal
• Iowa State Service Ribbon

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