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 - 2017, 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 2010-2017. He was selected as the Lawyer of the Year for Bankruptcy/Creditors Rights for 2017 by Best Lawyers in America.
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 is a founding partner of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP. He co-authored Bankruptcy for Businesses, published in April, 2007 by Entrepreneur Media, Inc. and distributed by McGraw-Hill.