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
Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, Named a Tier 1 Firm by U.S. News & World Report

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, has been named a Tier 1 firm for Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law by U.S. News & World Report for 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.

Evan D. Smiley and Autumn D. Spaeth led efforts to defeat Stillwater’s $50 million suit in bankruptcy court (Law360, New York, June 23, 2015)

Evan D. Smiley and Autumn D. Spaeth, partners of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, led the charge for twenty-seven defendants in seeking the dismissal of more than $50 million in claims asserted by the estate representative for Stillwater Asset Backed Offshore Fund Ltd. and other related funds.  At the hearing on the motion to dismiss Stillwater’s complaint filed by Smiley and Spaeth, the Bankruptcy Court expressed a number of concerns with Stillwater’s claims and required additional briefing from Stillwater and other parties.

Robert Marticello sworn in as president of the California Bankruptcy Forum

Robert S. Marticello, a partner of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, was recently installed as the 2015-2016 president of the California Bankruptcy Forum, a state-wide organization that focuses on ensuring the highest standards of practice in bankruptcy and insolvency law.