Charles L. Smith

Charles L. Smith
Managing Partner
25 Main Place, Suite 200
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503
Phone: 712-325-9000
Fax: 712-328-1946

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Bankruptcy
Debtor-Creditor
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Charles Smith is the managing partner in the law firm of Telpner Peterson Law Firm, LLP . His practice focuses on bankruptcy, commercial law, and debtor-creditor relations.  He grew up on a farm outside of Mason City, Iowa and received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 and his Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 1974.

He has been active in Bar Association activities at the local, state and national level.  From 2000 to 2006 he served on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association and served as Chair of its Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section from 2008 to 2011.  He has also served as a Bankruptcy Trustee for over thirty-five years.  He is married and has three adult children.  He is active in his community having served as Mayor and on the Council Bluffs City Council.

Most recently, he has served as Chair of the Iowa West Foundation, the largest philanthropic foundation in western Iowa, from 2008 through 2012.

  • Iowa, 1974
  • Nebraska, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1978
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska, 1988
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1978

Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska

J.D. – 1974

University of Notre Dame

B.A. – 1971

  • Recognized by Omaha Magazine in their “The Best Lawyers in America®” issue; Selected to the 2017 Great Plains Super Lawyers list
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America”
  • Selected by peer review as “Preeminent” AV 5.0 Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section Chair, 2008 – 2009
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Co-Chair Private Cause of Action (Civil Fraud) Study Committee
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Chair 2010 Amendments to Article 9
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Governor, 2000 – 2006
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Pottawattamie County Bar Association, President, 2001 – 2002
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee for the Southern District of Iowa
  • American Association of Justice
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1988 – 1994
  • Council Bluffs City Council, Member, 1982 – 1985
  • Mayor of the City of Council Bluffs, 1984
  • Council Bluffs Public Library, Past President & Board Member, 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 2006
  • Iowa State Library Commission, Past Chairman, Member, 1991 – 1995
  • Iowa Racing Association, President, 1996 – 2006
  • Iowa West Foundation, Member 2004 – 2014, Chair 2008-2012