Smith Peterson Law Firm, LLP

Smith Peterson Law Firm, LLP
133 West Broadway
P.O. Box 249
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Phone: (712) 328-1833
Fax: (712) 328-8320
email@smithpeterson.com
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Lawrence J. Beckman

Lawrence J. Beckman

Partner
Location:
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Phone:
712-309-3755
Fax:
(712) 328-8320
Email:

Admitted to bar: 1973, Iowa; 1988, Nebraska. Education: Knox College, B.A., 1970; University of Iowa, J.D., 1973. Mr. Beckman's business and corporation law practice ranges from small farm corporations and L.L.C.s to complex acquisitions, divestitures and corporate representation for publicly traded clients. He has extensive experience with acquisition and merger matters and taxation law at all levels of difficulty. Member: Tax Section Counsel, Iowa State Bar Association 1977 - 1992 and 1997 - 1999 (Chair 1998 - 1999). Director on the following Boards: Council Bluffs Goodfellows, 1980 - present; Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, 1983 - 1990 (Chairman, 1987 - 1988); Lakeshore Country Club, 1985 - 1990 (President, 1989); Mercy Hospital and Parent Corporation, Mercy Midlands, Inc., 1989 - 1992; Bergan Mercy Health System, 1993 - 1995 (Chairman 1993 - 1995); Alegent Health System, 1995 - 1997 and 1999 - 2006. Chairman of the Board, Alegent Health System 2003 - 2006; Hospice of Southwest Iowa 2006 - present.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1973

Areas of Practice

  • Taxation
  • General
  • Taxation law

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1973
  • Nebraska, 1988

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Knox College
    • B.A. - 1970

Representative Clients

  • Bunge Corporation
  • Council Bluffs Water Works
  • Amber Enterprises
  • Rasmusssen Mechanical
  • Silverstone Group
  • Alegent Health

References

  • Peoples National Bank
  • Rasmussen Mechanical
  • Heartland Properties
  • Alegent Health
  • Amber Enterprises
  • Bunge Corporation

Classes/Seminars

  • Fall Tax School, Iowa State Bar Association, 1997 - 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Iowa State Bar Association, Tax Section Counsel, Member, 1977 - 1992
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Tax Section Counsel, Member, 1997 - 1999
  • Iowa State Bar Association, Tax Section Counsel, Member, Chair, 1998 - 1999
  • Council Bluffs Goodfellows, Director, 1980 - Present
  • Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, Director, 1983 - 1990
  • Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, 1987 - 1988
  • Lakeshore Country Club, Director, 1985 - 1990
  • Mercy Hospital and Parent Corporation, Director
  • Mercy Midlands, Inc, Director, 1989 - 1992
  • Bergan Mercy Health System, Director, 1993 - 1995
  • Bergan Mercy Health System, Chairman, 1993 - 1995
  • Alegent Health System, Director, 1995 - 1997
  • Alegent Health System, Director, 1999 - 2006
  • Alegent Health System, Chairman, 2003 - 2006

Ancillary Businesses

  • Lobbying
  • Tax Preparation
  • Business Acquisition
  • Merger
  • Sale Consulting

At the Council Bluffs, Iowa, law office of Smith Peterson, we represent clients in cities throughout Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska in Pottawattamie County, Douglas County, Sarpy County, Mills County, Harrison County, Cass County, Carroll County, Crawford County, Fremont County, Audubon County, Woodbury County, and Shelby County, including Missouri Valley, Red Oak, Glenwood, Atlantic, Avoca, Harlan, and Omaha, Nebraska.

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