Douglas R. Smith






100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309-2231

Practice Groups

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

U.S. Supreme Court


J.D., University of Iowa, 1970

B.S., Iowa State University, Economics, 1968

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1970


Doug is currently Of Counsel with the firm. During his 35+ years as an attorney, he engaged in a corporate and business practice that emphasized projects related to tax, securities and international issues. Throughout Doug's career, he served as general counsel for a number of small businesses, as well as special counsel in connection with sophisticated business transactions, such as the acquisition or disposition of his clients’ businesses and the securities laws compliance and disclosure issues confronted by smaller businesses. In addition to general matters related to closely-held business corporations, a substantial part of his practice dealt with agriculture and agricultural cooperatives, formation and operation of limited liability companies, and limited partnerships.

Doug spent eight years in Belgium as general international counsel and head of a six-attorney legal team that handled all legal matters for a Fortune 500 agricultural company related to its activities in Asia, Africa and Europe, including joint ventures, production and distribution arrangements, international acquisitions and construction projects. Doug taught international business transactions as an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa Law School.