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Quent R. Boyken

Quent enjoys helping his clients effectively navigate their legal and other issues and helping them achieve their business and personal goals. His accounting background and litigation practice experience help him apply an effective multi-disciplinary approach to solving clients’ corporate and business law problems and capitalizing on their merger and acquisition opportunities.

Practice Areas

Quent’s practice emphasizes corporate and general business law, and business acquisitions and transactions. He specializes in corporate acquisitions for closely held companies. He has been recognized by Chambers and Partners and by Best Lawyers in America for his corporate practice.


Quent and his wife Inez are originally from Titonka, Iowa, a community in north central Iowa close to the Minnesota border.

After graduating from Iowa State University in 1976, Quent practiced for three years as a certified public accountant on the audit staff for Coopers & Lybrand in the firm’s Minneapolis-St. Paul office. Quent taught undergraduate accounting courses at the University of Michigan during 1980-82 while he attended Michigan Law School.

After graduating from law school in 1982, Quent and Inez moved to West Des Moines and Quent has been with the law firm since that time. Quent has been active in professional, community, school and church organizations and has been involved in Des Moines’ successful neighborhood revitalization programs in his capacity as outside general counsel for the Neighborhood Finance Corporation which he helped organize in 1990. 

Quent and Inez have two adult sons. Scott is a Senior Fellow in the Baker Lab, Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle with his spouse Olga Nikolova. Eric is a Regional Information Security Officer with Catholic Health Initiatives and resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his spouse Megan and son, Ryland.

Honors and Accomplishments

AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Recognized by Chambers and Partners for his corporate practice/M&A, BAND 1

Recognized as 2015 Corporate Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America®

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Recognized in Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions

Received Governor’s Volunteer Award in October 2004 for outstanding service to the State of Iowa (Nominated by Iowa Department of Administrative Services for service on IOWAccess Advisory Council and State of Iowa Information Technology Council)

Honorary Consul for Norway for the State of Iowa (1990-current; Conferred with The Knight’s Cross 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in October 2000)

Recipient, National Association of Accountants Award, Iowa State University (1976)

Recipient, Iowa State University John Deere Accounting Award (1975)

Admitted to Practice (State)

  • Iowa

Admitted to Practice (Federal)

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Community & Professional Activities

TAGLaw International Advisory Board (2011-2015)

Luther College (Member, Parents’ Council, 2007-2011; Member, Development Committee, 2008-2012)

IOWAccess Advisory Council (Member, 1998-2007; Chair, 2002-2005)

State of Iowa Information Technology Council (Member, 2002-2005; Vice-Chair, 2004-2005)

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greater Iowa Chapter (Member, Board of Directors, 1999-2006; Legal Advisor, 1999-2003; Legislative Chair, 2001-2002; President-Elect, 2003-2004; President, 2004-2005; Past-President, 2005-2006)

West Des Moines Community School District (Member of Community Education Advisory Council, 1997-2003; Chair of the Council Analysis Committee, 1998-1999; Secretary, 1999-2000; Vice-Chair, 2000-2001; Chair, 2001-2002; Past-Chair, 2002-2003)

Windsor Heights Lutheran Church (Stewardship Chairperson and Church Council Member, 1987-1988; President,1991-1992; 50th Anniversary Committee, 1993-1994; Call Committee Chair, 1994-1995 and 1997-1999; Nominating Committee Chair, 2000; Constitution Committee, 2007-2008; Capital Appeal Co-Chair, 2012-2013; Staffing Task Force, 2017)

Titonka Savings Bank (Director, 1985-current)

Neighborhood Finance Corporation (General Counsel, 1990-current)

Iowa State University College of Business - Tenth Anniversary Committee (Member and Banquet Co-Chair, 1993-1994)

Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (1992-1993)

Greater Des Moines Partnership (Member, Regional Economic Development Board, 2012-present)

American Bar Association (Member, Section on Business Law)

Iowa State Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section and E-Commerce Section; Chair of ISBA Technology Committee, 1997-1999 and 2008-2009)

Polk County Bar Association (Member)

Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (Member)

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