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Samuel Edmund Charnetski

Divorce and separation Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

5.0   5 reviews

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About Samuel

Learn Samuel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I am here to help you with all of your family law needs, including, but not limited to, divorce, child custody, modification, spousal support, and property distribution.

    10 years

  2. Estate planning
    Let me help you ensure that your possessions pass to those whom you choose.

    10 years

Sam began his 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 in West Des Moines, Sam focuses his practice on litigation, with an emphasis in family law. Sam utilizes his diverse legal background to help clients with custody matters, distribution of property, business valuations, alimony, and child support. The knowledge gleaned in his prior practice allows Sam 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.  Never one to be at a loss for words or ideas, Sam relentlessly pursues his cases so that his clients may receive the best possible outcome.

 In addition to his family law practice, Sam maintains and active practice in the areas of estate planning and probate.

Sam received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 2013. Sam is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association, and other organizations around the Des Moines Metro.  In his free time, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife or spending time outside cycling, skiing, or golfing.

Licensed for 9 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 03/13/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Chris | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligent & caring
Sam did a great job fighting for what I wanted and was very knowledgeable along the way. I came a long way from where I started with Sam compared where we ended up settling. He knows his stuff and will tell you realistically where you stand and gives you insight on both best and worst case scenarios. From a client stand point I didn't know anything about divorce and law and needed information about how the process worked and Sam again did a great job with any questions I had and walked me through the process of divorce and the time table of it all. I felt like Sam truly cared about me, my situation, and getting me the results that I was striving for. Overall I am very happy I choose Sam as my lawyer.
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Posted by Natalie | January 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great To Work With
Sam made the whole process of my divorce as easy as possible. He was open and up front about what to expect throughout. I appreciated his honesty and excellent communication. He made sure things moved along timely and kept me apprised of where we were at in the process.
Posted by Whitney | January 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Sam was great to work with!
Sam was great to work with and made everything so easy! This was a difficult time in my life and he set my mind at ease! Sam was always easy to get a hold of and quick to respond to my messages and emails!
Posted by Mark | December 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great service and advice
Sam assisted me with several key legal issues and he is great to work with and really takes the time to understand your needs.
Posted by Nate | August 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional Attorney
I have known Sam for many years. When I was going through my divorce I could think of no one else I would rather have walk me through such an trying time than him. Divorces are stressful but Sam's expertise and calming demeanor were very reassuring every step of the way. Sam answered all of my legal questions very promptly and in great detail. I would not hesitate to use Sam again for any of my future legal needs.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Smith Mills Schrock Blades Monthei, P.C.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Hudson, Mallaney, Shindler & Anderson, PC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Charnetski, Lacina & Clower, LLP
  • 2013 - 2016


  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013


  • Holding Tiny Hands
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Young Variety
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Probate, Trust, and Estate Planning Section
  • 2013 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys - Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018


Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Samuel is a zealous advocate for his clients both in and out of the courtroom."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sam Charnetski approaches cases with the goal of settlement, but with the knowledge litigation is sometimes necessary. His unique knowledge of family law allows clients to understand Sam is a zealous advocate. I enjoy working opposite of Sam because he is someone I can trust to work for a fair and just outcome."
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West Des Moines Divorce and separation Lawyer Samuel Edmund Charnetski
Samuel Edmund Charnetski
Divorce and separation Attorney
West Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 9 years
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