Autumn D. Spaeth

Partner

AUTUMN D. SPAETH is a partner of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP. She concentrates her practice on business litigation and insolvency matters. Ms. Spaeth specializes in bankruptcy related litigation including the prosecution and defense of fraudulent conveyance, preference, and non-dischargeabilty actions. She is experienced in receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors. Ms. Spaeth’s practice also includes a broad range of business litigation matters in state and federal court including partnership disputes, prosecution and defense of claims for breach of guaranty, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair business practices, as well as intellectual property infringement litigation. Ms. Spaeth’s clients include businesses and their principals, chapter 11 debtors, chapter 7 and 11 trustees, creditors, assignees for the benefit of creditors, and receivers.

Ms. Spaeth received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles.  She received her Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Southern California Annenberg School.  Ms. Spaeth obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Law School, where she was Notes Editor of the Southern California Law Review and served as a research and teaching assistant to Professor Erwin Chemerinsky.  Ms. Spaeth was an associate in the Trial Department of McDermott, Will & Emery and a partner at Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP, before joining Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, when it formed in 2014.

Ms. Spaeth received an AV peer review rating and has twice been named one of the Five Top Bankruptcy Attorneys by O.C. Metro Magazine.  From 2009 to 2014, she was recognized as a Southern California Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine and, since 2014, has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer, representing the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Southern California.  She co-authored Who is the True Borrower? An Analysis of the Sham Guaranty Defense Reveals a Broad, Fact Intensive, and Total Defense to Deficiency Actions, published in the California Bankruptcy Journal for the 2012 California Bankruptcy Forum.

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee, 2016-2017
  • Chair Elect, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee, 2015-2016
  • Vice-Chair, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee, 2014-2015
  • Board of Directors, Orange County Bar Association, 2015-2017
  • Member, Conference Executive Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2014-2017
  • Member, Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2012-2014
  • Board of Directors, Central District of California Attorney Admission Fund, 2015-2017
  • Co-Chair, Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2012-2014
  • Section Chair, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Orange County Bar Association, 2012
  • Chair, Legislative Resolutions Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2012
  • Vice Chair, Legislative Resolutions Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2011
  • Program Chair, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Orange County Bar Association, 2011
  • Whip, Legislative Resolutions Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2010
  • Member, Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2010-2015
  • Parliamentarian, Legislative Resolutions Committee, Orange County Bar Association, 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator and Panelist, District Differences Involving Selection and Utilization of Lawyer Representatives
    Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief District Judges and Lawyer Representatives
    2017
  • Speaker, How to Use Adversary Proceedings Process in Chapter 7 and 13 Cases
    American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Conference
    2016
  • Moderator and Producer, ABI Commission's Recommendations for Reform of Chapter 11
    Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Bankruptcy Bench/Bar Breakout Session
    2015
  • Panelist, Federal Practice/Bankruptcy
    Orange County Bar Association
    2012-2016
  • Panelist, Bankruptcy Law
    Camp Pendleton Judge Advocate General's Career Day
    2013
  • Panelist, Third Party Relief Under a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization
    Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges and Lawyer Representatives
    2012
  • Panelist, Hot Topics Affecting Enforcement of Guaranties
    Orange County Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section
    2011

Publications

  • Co-Author, Who Is the True Borrower? An Analysis of the Sham Guaranty Defense Reveals a Broad, Fact Intensive, and Total Defense to Deficiency Actions
    California Bankruptcy Journal
    2012

Practice Areas

Business Litigation and Insolvency

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