Leighton Smith, JD

Director // Client Service

Leighton Smith, JD
“I am most proud when I help a client accomplish something they were afraid or confused or otherwise unable to do on their own. One example was with a client who had to make the hard decision to remove a family member from a key role in their shared business. In the end, everyone was happier, but it felt scary at the time!”
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Leighton cares for and leads the people who are on the frontlines caring for the firm’s clientsHe finds energy in working with the curious, smart people solving problems for growing companies and successful families. He obsesses every day on whether BerganKDV is delivering the wow experience our clients deserve.  At a task level, I facilitate conversations with our teams, I lead value creation meetings with priority clients, and I complete key initiatives coming from the leadership team. 

Leighton helps develops solutions for growing companies and successful families. He specializes in leadership, change management and value creation. Leighton is passionate about delivering real results and brings with him a breadth of experience ranging from business succession planning to strategic consulting.  

Leighton received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a juris doctorate and master’s in business administration from the University of Iowa. Outside of the office, he is actively involved with 100+ Men Who Care, Rotary, and Englert Theatre. Leighton enjoys serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. 


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