Charles L. Telk

Charles L. Telk
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801 Grand Ave.
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Des Moines, IA 50309
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With nearly 10 years of experience working as an accountant and CPA, Charles Telk has a law practice at Dickinson Bradshaw that provides businesses and individuals with a wide variety of services.

For businesses and financial institutions, his practice includes services ranging from business formation to licensing, administrative law and corporate governance, to contracts and agreements, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, real estate and land use, and a wide variety of taxation law. The taxation side of his practice includes services such as tax collection matters, tax credits and economic incentives, tax disputes, and tax planning.

For individuals, Charles assists his clients with planning for the future with trusts and estates services, and he can provide advice on tax planning and tax disputes, insurance and benefits disputes, and real estate issues. 

Charles received an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Iowa, a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University, and his Juris Doctorate degree with High Honors from Drake Law School.

Education & Background


  • J.D., Drake Law School (with High Honors)

  • M.B.A., Drake University

  • B.B.A., University of Iowa  

Prior Experience

  • Tax CPA, Gardiner Thomsen, Kuhl Phillips & Jans, Inc.

  • Financial Statement Auditor, Gardiner Thomsen CPAs

  • Clerk, Iowa House of Representatives

  • Internal Control and Financial Consultant, Craft Concepts 

  • Summer Associate, Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C.


Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa

Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:

  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa

Memberships & Activities

  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants

Articles, Presentations, and Publications