Lei Lei Wang Ekvall

Partner

LEI LEI WANG EKVALL is a partner of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP.  She received her undergraduate degree in information and computer science in 1988 from the University of California, Irvine and her law degree in 1992 from the University of Southern California.  Ms. Wang Ekvall served a judicial clerkship to the Honorable Alan M. Ahart, William J. Lasarow, Kathleen T. Lax, Kathleen P. March, and Vincent P. Zurzolo, United States Bankruptcy Judges, from October 1992 to September 1993.  From September 1993 to September 1994, she served a judicial clerkship to the Honorable Kathleen P. March, United States Bankruptcy Judge.

Ms. Wang Ekvall is a leader in Southern California’s legal community.  She is currently serving as a board member of Legal Aid Society of Orange County, a co-chair of the 2016 California Bankruptcy Forum annual conference, and a member of the Central District of California Attorney Discipline Committee.  After serving on the board of the Orange County Bar Association for several years, she was elected and served as the 2010 President of the Orange County Bar Association. She currently serves on the board of the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund and served as its President in 2011. Ms. Wang Ekvall also chaired various committees and sections of the Orange County Bar Association, including the pro bono committee, the resolutions committee, and the commercial law and bankruptcy section.  She is a past president and director of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association, and has served as a co‑chair and member of the Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Among other recognitions, in 2015, Ms. Wang Ekvall was selected by the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum as the recipient of its prestigious Honorable Peter M. Elliott Memorial Award, for her outstanding scholarship, ethics and service to the Orange County bankruptcy community.  She has a peer review rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, and since 2008, she has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer, representing the top 5% of practicing attorneys in Southern California.  In 2011 and 2014, she was named a Top Bankruptcy Attorney by O.C. Metro magazine.  Ms. Wang Ekvall is a frequent speaker on the topic of bankruptcy law and receiverships and co‑authored Bankruptcy for Businesses, published in April, 2007 by Entrepreneur Media, Inc., and distributed by McGraw‑Hill.

Ms. Wang Ekvall concentrates her practice on insolvency and bankruptcy‑related matters including work-outs, business reorganizations, creditors’ rights, and trustee, committee, and receiver representation in diverse industries such as hospitality, medical, real estate, technology, entertainment, manufacturing, and retail.

Professional Activities

  • Co-Chair, 2016 California Bankruptcy Forum Conference, 2015 - 2016
  • Director, Legal Aid Society of Orange County, 2014 to present
  • Director, Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund, 2012 to present
  • Member, Central District of California Attorney Discipline Committee, 2016
  • President, Orange County Bar Association, 2010
  • Director, Conference of California Bar Associations, 2007 - 2009
  • President, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, 2004 - 2005
  • President, Orange County Asian American Bar Association, 2002 - 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator and producer, Receiverships of Professional Organizations
    California Receivers Forum Loyola VI
    2015
  • Speaker, Women in Leadership: Rising Above the Ordinary
    Women in Leadership Symposium, Orange County
    2013
  • Speaker, Receivership vs. ABC vs. Bankruptcy
    California Receivers Forum Loyola V
    2013
  • Speaker, Going Once, Going Twice: Asset Sales in Bankruptcy
    Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
    2013
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Code Section 724: Realizing Value from Over-Encumbered Property
    Annual Bankruptcy Trustee Seminar
    2012
  • Speaker, The Practical Ethics of Bankruptcy Practice
    Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
    2012
  • Speaker, Protecting Your Firm From Preference Exposure on Pre-Petition Payments: How to Ethically and Optimally Structure Fee Arrangements in Debtors Engagements
    California Bankruptcy Forum
    2011
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Law for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers
    Orange County Bar Association
    2011
  • Speaker, The Allen E. Broussard Presentation on Professionalism and Civility
    Orange County Bar Association
    2011
  • Speaker, What Do You Do When Employment Law and Bankruptcy Collide
    Orange County Bar Association
    2010
  • Speaker, Handling Distressed Assets: A Lender's Guide
    Commercial Real Estate Women - Orange County Chapter
    2009
  • Speaker, Issues in Client Confidentiality
    Federal Bar Association 6th Annual Bankruptcy Ethics Symposium
    2009

Publications

  • Co-Author, Bankruptcy for Businesses: The Benefits, Pitfalls and Alternatives
    Entrepreneur Press (Distributed by McGraw-Hill)
    2007

Practice Areas

Insolvency and Business Litigation

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