EVAN D. SMILEY concentrates his practice on bankruptcy/insolvency matters and complex business litigation. 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 2005 - 2016, 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 and has been a member of Best Lawyers in America from 2010-2016.
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 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.
Mr. Smiley was an associate attorney with Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, until joining Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP when it was formed in 1995. He co-authored Bankruptcy for Businesses, published in April, 2007 by Entrepreneur Media, Inc. and distributed by McGraw-Hill.
Board Certifiied - American Bankruptcy Institute — Business Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Law
Fremont General Corporation — Counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in its chapter 11 case in United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. Fremont was a former sub-prime lender, bank and insurance company.
Bethany Group — Represent Bethany Group, an owner of approximately 20,000 apartment units located throughout the United States in it chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The total debt is approximately $1.5 billion among 5,000 creditors.
RCR Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc. — Represented chapter 11 debtor and successfuly confirmed plan of reorganization. RCR was one of the largest construction sub-contractors in the nation.
Boundary Bay Capital, LLC — Represented chapter 11 debtor and successfully confirmed plan of reorganization. Debtor is a private equity fund which acted as a lender in real estate related transactions. The plan converted approximately $40 million of debt to equity.
In re LBREP/Suncal Master, Suncal McAllister Ranch, Suncal Summerwind and Suncal McSweeny Farms — Represented chapter 11 trustee in the LBREP/Suncal Master Cases which owned three subsidiary debtors. The chapter 11 trustee successfully confirmed a plan of reorganization which provided for the sale of three large partially-developed projects for approximately $71 million. In addition, the trustee successfully recovered approximately $16 million from several recipients where the trustee alleged that pre-petition funds were fraudulently conveyed by the debtors. At the time of petitions, the debtors owed over $400 million to various creditors, including Lehman Commercial Paper, Inc. and various syndicated pool participants.