bank•rupt•cy
'ban-(,)krəp-(t)sē noun.

A new beginning. An opportunity for rehabilitation, reorganization, or acquisition.

re•al es•tate trans•ac•tion
'rē(ə)l is-'tāt
tran(t)s-'ak-shən noun.

An integral element and foundation for wealth and commerce in the world economy.

busi•ness lit•i•ga•tion
'biz-nəs, nəz 'lit-ə-'gā-shən
noun.

The pursuit or defense of claims
integral to the ultimate success
of a business.

Smiley Wang-Ekvall specializes in achieving unparalleled results for its clients in the areas of business litigation, real estate transactions, and bankruptcy and insolvency matters.  The attorneys at Smiley Wang-Ekvall focus on consistently delivering strategic, effective and efficient representation to their clients.  The firm combines the hands-on attention and cost-effectiveness of a small firm with the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience of a large firm.  In sum, the best of both worlds.

In the news
Autumn D. Spaeth Serves as Co-Chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges, Clerks and Lawyer Representatives

Partner Autumn D. Spaeth served as Co-Chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges, Clerks and Lawyer Representatives held in Seattle.  March 2017

Autumn D. Spaeth Serves as Co-Chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Conference of Chief District Judges and Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee

Partner Autumn D. Spaeth served as Co-Chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Conference of Chief District Judges and Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee held in San Diego.  February 2017

Autumn D. Spaeth to Serve as Chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee

Partner Autumn D. Spaeth has been selected to serve as the Chair of the Ninth Circuit’s Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee (LRCC) which is composed of the chairperson or co-chairs of each delegation of Lawyer Representatives from all of the Circuit’s fifteen districts.  The LRCC acts as a liaison for the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee and participates in the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Chief District Judges Conference and Chief Bankruptcy Judges Conference.  Currently the Circuit has 168 Lawyer Representatives. September 2016

Four Partners are Southern California Super Lawyers

Smiley Wang-Ekvall congratulates its partners, Kyra E. Andrassy, Evan D. Smiley, Autumn D. Spaeth, and Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, on their selection as 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers.

The Orange County Bankruptcy Forum honors Lei Lei Wang Ekvall with its 2015 Hon. Peter M. Elliott Award

On December 1, 2015, the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum honored Lei Lei Wang Ekvall with its prestigious 2015 Hon. Peter M. Elliott Award.  The award is given annually to a legal professional who demonstrates substantial knowledge of bankruptcy law, serves as a mentor or educator within the community, possesses the highest level of honesty, and works to enhance and improve access to justice.

Kyra E. Andrassy to Serve on Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar

Partner Kyra E. Andrassy has been selected by the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California to serve as a member of its Insolvency Law Committee.

Three Firm Partners Named to “2016 Best Lawyers in America”(c) List

Evan D. Smiley, Philip E. Strok, and Robert S. Marticello have been named Best Lawyers of America in the “Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law” practice area.  Both Smiley and Strok have been named Best Lawyers in America consecutively since 2010.  This is the first year Marticello has been included on the list.