Jason Smith’s practice centers on complex business disputes, white collar criminal defense, and appeals. He relies on insights gained while clerking for federal judges to advocate for the firm’s clients.

Accolades and Achievements

Immediately before joining the firm, Jason clerked for the Honorable Michael H. Park of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable John P. Cronan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Both courts resolve much of the country’s most sophisticated business and criminal litigation.

Jason graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School. In law school, Jason was elected to the Order of the Coif and designated a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar for the top five percent of the class. He also served as an Articles Editor of the Law Review (in which he also published), won the Joseph Henry Beale Prize for outstanding legal writing, and worked as a summer associate in the appellate practice of Latham & Watkins LLP.


Jason is a Des Moines area native. He graduated from the University of Chicago with general and departmental honors and Phi Beta Kappa. Throughout college, he coached nationally successful competitive debaters and worked as a supervisor at a political violence research center.

  • Email: Jason Smith
  • Direct: 515.350.7900
  • Office: 515.244.3100
  • Fax: 515.288.0407
  • Address:
    2600 Grand Avenue, Ste. 450
    Des Moines, Iowa 50312
  • Assistant: Maura McNally-Cavanagh
  • Direct: 515.564.5275


Legal: University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with high honors, 2021 (Articles Editor, University of Chicago Law Review)
Undergraduate: University of Chicago, B.A. (philosophy and political science), with honors, 2018 (Phi Beta Kappa)

Practice Areas

Litigation: Complex Civil Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Trial Practice, Appeals

Admitted to Practice

States: Iowa

Federal Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa