Samuel E. Charnetski

Partner Attorney

Attorney Samuel E. Charnetski

Sam began his law practice in Grinnell, Iowa where he maintained a general practice in the areas of civil litigation, criminal defense, business formation and planning, and estate planning.  Now with Smith, Mills & Schrock Law in West Des Moines, Sam focuses his practice on family law, estate planning, and probate.

Sam utilizes his diverse legal background to help clients with custody matters, distribution of property, business valuations, alimony, and child support.  Sam uses his prior experience and knowledge to vigorously represent his clients in the myriad of situations that can arise in a family law matter without jeopardizing the client's best interest. In addition, Sam helps clients craft estate plans aimed at achieving the least amount of tax consequence while ensuring that their assets pass to persons or entities of their choosing.



Sam is licensed to practice law in Iowa.


Drake University Law School, J.D.
University of Northern Iowa, B.A.


Iowa Divorce Law Basics, August 18, 2017

Sam received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School, and is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the ISBA, the Polk County Bar Association, and other organizations around the Des Moines Metro.

In his free time, Same enjoys spending time with his wife and spending time outside, usually cycling, skiing, or golfing. He also roots for the Iowa Hawkeyes, the UNI Panthers, and the Denver Broncos.

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