Jennifer Block

Jennifer Block

Senior Attorney
Des Moines P +1 (515) 699-3274 F +1 (515) 598-7873


Jennifer guides municipal securities issuers, underwriters, investors and other market participants through complicated municipal disclosure matters to comply with MSRB and SEC regulatory requirements.

Jennifer’s public finance practice is focused on municipal disclosure in light of MSRB and SEC regulation and oversight. She counsels municipal clients, conduit borrowers, underwriters, investment banking firms and other municipal market participants on primary and continuing disclosure matters. Her work includes drafting initial offering documents, conducting due diligence, developing primary and post-issuance disclosure procedures, and providing compliance training to help clients navigate SEC and MSRB rules.

She uses her financial services background working through various issues under the Securities Act of 1933, the Investment Company Act of 1940, and SEC rules adopted under both Acts, especially issues with investment company disclosure, to help her clients understand municipal disclosure. The complexity of her past practice assists her in navigating the technical details of public finance transactions.

Education & Admissions

Drake University Law School (Juris Doctor, 2000), High Honors

Wartburg College (Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration (Management), 1995), summa cum laude


  • Iowa


  • Iowa Supreme Court, Chief Justice Lavorato, 2003-2006
  • Iowa Court of Appeals, Judge Huitink, 2002-2003
  • Iowa Fifth Judicial District, n/a, 2000-2002


Representative Experience

Prior to joining Dorsey, Jennifer worked for Principal Financial Group for almost 14 years. While there, she supported the mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and interval fund with matters related to registration of securities, financial reporting, auditor engagement letters, regulator reviews, governance, board meetings, compliance (assessing issues for materiality, preparing board reports, developing policies and procedures, and performing risk assessments), and regulatory changes.

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Public Finance
Jennifer Block