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Forty Under 40: Leslie Behaunek

Attorney, Nyemaster Goode PC


What are your goals in your role at your company?
I think people view litigation as a combative practice, but we are really problem-solvers and negotiators. I want my clients to know that when they come to me, they have a persuasive advocate who has their best interests in mind.

What are your goals for community involvement?
I enjoy working with others to improve my community and further my passions, whether that is supporting the arts with the Des Moines Choral Society, encouraging women to run for office with Emerge Iowa and Iowa Girls State, or cultivating collegiality in the Iowa legal profession through bar associations.

What’s your biggest passion, and why?
I believe that women have so much potential for greatness and an incredible capacity to lead, and I am determined to encourage women at every turn to believe in themselves the way that so many people have believed in me.

What is it that drives you?  
I want to live my life without any regrets and make the most of every day by doing work that challenges me, serving in fulfilling community endeavors, and spending time with family and friends who make life worth living.

What are your future aspirations?
I plan to continue developing my practice and serving my clients to the best of my abilities. In the community, I will continue using my time and talents to make progress in areas I care about and mentor the next generation of leaders in Central Iowa.

Reasons she’s a Forty:

1.) She is president of the Des Moines Choral Society Board. 
2.) She is working with women across the state to launch Emerge Iowa, an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office.  
3.) In 2017, she served as the president of Polk County Women Attorneys, an affinity bar association in Central Iowa. 
4.) After graduating at the top of her law school class, she went on to clerk for two federal judges and now works at the largest law firm in the state. 


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