Philip E. Strok


Philip E. Strok is a partner at Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP and focuses his practice on bankruptcy and business reorganization matters. He has extensive experience representing a range of parties, including chapter 11 debtors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, asset purchasers, and other parties in bankruptcy cases, out-of-court workouts, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. His experience spans a variety of industries, including real estate and construction, apparel, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, restaurant and food service, telecommunications, and retail.

Mr. Strok received his undergraduate degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1993, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Strok was an editor on the Southwestern University Law Review, a finalist in the Southwestern Moot Court competition, and the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Book Awards in Bankruptcy and Legal Research and Writing. He served a judicial clerkship to the Honorable Robert W. Alberts, Thomas B. Donovan, Arthur M. Greenwald, Kathleen Thompson, Geraldine Mund, and Erithe A. Smith, United States Bankruptcy Judges, from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Strok also has experience in state court receiverships, having served as chief of staff of California Resources Group from 1988 to 1990.

Mr. Strok has been recognized in the 2010-2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report. He has served as President and Director of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and is currently a member of that organization, as well as the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Orange County Bar Association. Mr. Strok is licensed to practice in both Georgia and California.

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Practice Areas

Bankruptcy, Business Reorganizations, Out-of-Court Workouts, and Insolvency Matters



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