Richard K. Smith , Jr. - White & Case LLP

Richard K. Smith , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Practice Experience

Richard K. Smith, Jr. has a transactional and corporate practice with an emphasis on leasing and equipment finance.

Mr. Smith has represented and advised lessors, lessees, lenders, intermediaries and equity interests in a wide variety of equipment leasing and finance transactions involving aircraft (commercial and corporate), vessels, railroad rolling stock, telecommunications equipment and buses. These transactions have included portfolio securitizations, portfolio acquisitions and sales, operating leases, debt financings, cross-border leverage leases, Japanese operating and leverage leases and Islamic financings. 

Mr. Smith has significant experience in aircraft leasing and finance transactions and airline restructurings and bankruptcies.  He recently acted for management in a management buyout of a major aircraft lessor. His recent aircraft transactions have involved many jurisdictions in addition to the United States, including the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Mexico, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malaysia, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Turkey, Dubai, Switzerland, Russia, China, India, Australia and Spain.  Documentation for these transactions has been governed for the most part by either United States or English law.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • US District Court for the Central District of California
University of IllinoisBA University of IllinoisJ.D.
American Bar Association

Client Comments

"Rick is a skilled negotiator who brings a broad range of experience to any transaction and is a pleasure to work with."

"Rick Smith is one of the most experienced aircraft finance attorneys practicing in any firm. Rick has been involved in hundreds of transactions and brings good judgment and a very positive "can-do" approach to each. Rick is very adept at issue-spotting and is extremely good about being able to differentiate between substantial and insubstantial issues in negotiations."

Office Location

555 South Flower Street, Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2433
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Equipment Finance Law of the Los Angeles Metro Area
Richard K. Smith, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Equipment Finance Law