Evan D. Smiley


EVAN D. SMILEY is a partner of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP. He concentrates his practice on bankruptcy/insolvency matters and complex business litigation in federal and state courts.

Mr. Smiley is a former President of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and a former Director of the California Bankruptcy Forum. He is certified as a specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Bankruptcy Institute.  In the years 2005 – 2015, Mr. Smiley was selected by the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine as a Super Lawyer, representing the top 5% of the practicing attorneys in Southern California. He is AV‑Rated by Martindale‑Hubbell, the highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability, and has been named as one of the Top Bankruptcy Lawyers in OC Metro Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. Mr. Smiley is also included in the 2010 ‑ 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Bankruptcy and Creditor‑Debtor Rights Law which also appears in U.S. News & World Reports. He is a frequent speaker on insolvency and bankruptcy issues and co‑authored Bankruptcy for Businesses, published in April, 2007 by Entrepreneur Media, Inc., and distributed by McGraw‑Hill.

He received his undergraduate degree in business administration (finance) in 1989 from California State University at Northridge and his law degree in 1992 from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was a Law Review writer and editor.  He also served on the Alumni Board of Directors for Pacific McGeorge School of Law and served as chair for the Orange County Alumni Chapter. He served a judicial clerkship to the Honorable John E. Ryan, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California, from September 1992 to September 1993, and an externship to the Honorable James N. Barr, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California, in 1991.  He is a Fellow of the Orange County Bar Foundation.

Mr. Smiley has served as lead counsel in some of the largest chapter 11 cases in the United States, and frequently represents companies in workouts, assignments, and receiverships.  He also represents borrowers, lenders, companies, and professional athletes in state and federal court litigation.

Professional Activities

  • President, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, 1999-2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer, Bankruptcy
    Chapman Law School
    2008 - present
  • Panelist, A Survey of Current Developments
    American Bankruptcy Institute 2014 Winter Leadership Conference
  • Speaker, How to Get Your Settlement or Judgment to Survive a Subsequent Bankruptcy Filing
    Orange County Bar Association
  • Panelist, Trial Advocacy Program: Preparing for Trial, Opening Statements, Direct Examinations, Cross-Examinations of Percipient and Expert Witnesses & Closing Arguments
    Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Speaker, If Bankruptcy Is the Answer, What Is the Question? Discussing the latest strategies, precedents, and issues related to the current wave of real estate chapter 11 cases
    State Bar of California: Annual Real Property Law Section Retreat
  • Speaker, Ethical Issues Representing Insolvent Clients: Discussing Various Issues Related to Conflicts of Interest, Zone of Insolvency, Chapter 11 Disclosures, and Fiduciary Duties of Lawyers
    McGeorge School of Law
  • Speaker, Over-Use of the P-Word - Ponzi
    Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
  • Speaker, Managing Your Way Through a Turnaround
    Harvard Business School/Los Angeles Venture Association 2009 Business Growth Conference
  • Speaker, Alternative Thinking and Strategies for Assets in a Distressed Market: Discussing Insolvency Planning Strategies for Real Estate Developers
    Webinar through Whittlesey Doyle Land
  • Speaker, Current Developments in Commercial Law Cases: Discussing Recent Cases Throughout the Country Relating to Insolvency, Chapter 11 and Commercial Law
    American Bankruptcy Institute


  • Co-Author, Bankruptcy for Businesses: The Benefits, Pitfalls and Alternatives
    Entrepreneur Press

Practice Areas

Insolvency and Business Litigation



Judicial Clerkships