Professional Biography

Alan D. Smith Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.8410

    F +1.206.359.9410


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




Al Smith, a partner in the firm's Corporate practice, has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of commercial and finance transactions, bankruptcy, insolvency, and reorganization.

He works with numerous companies, including, The Boeing Company, Weinstein Beverage Company, and various private equity funds, on financing and transactional matters.  He has represented, among others, London Fog Group, Troutman's Emporium, Vanalco, Vann's, Jore Corporation, and Pederson's Fryer Farms as Chapter 11 debtors, and also represents secured creditors, unsecured creditors, debtors, committees, PACA claimants, asset purchasers, and other constituencies in bankruptcies, receiverships and other in-court and out-of-court insolvency proceedings.

Professional Recognition

  • Named the Best Lawyers’ Seattle "Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 - Present: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Right/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Washington’s Super Lawyers", 2002 - present
  • Certified as Business Bankruptcy Specialist, American Board of Bankruptcy Certification, 2002 - present 
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Bankruptcy Lawyers", 2008 - 2017

Professional Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association, Northwest Chapter, President, 1999 - 2000; Board, 1998 - 2002
  • The Journal of Corporate Renewal, Editorial Advisory Board, 2002 - 2006
  • Page Ahead, formerly Books for Kids, President, 1999 - 2000; Board, 1996 - 2002; Finance Committee, 1996 - 2007
  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2000
  • IslandWood, formerly Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center, Finance Committee, 2002 - present; Board, 2005 - present; Executive Committee, 2007 - present; Chair of the Finance Committee, 2007 - present
  • United Way of King County, Campaign Cabinet 2003 - present; Board, 2005 - present; Community Building Committee, 2004 - present; Vice Chair of the Community Building Committee, 2006 - 2007; Chair of the Community Building Committee, 2008 - present

Related Employment

  • Perkins Coie LLP, Los Angeles, Partner 1991 - 1995; Seattle, Partner, 1995 - present
  • Tuttle & Taylor, Los Angeles, Officer, 1985 - 1991; Associate, 1981 - 1985


  • Hon. Irving Hill, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1979 - 1981





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington

  • California

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.,
    cum laude, Order of the Coif
    , 1979,
    Associate Editor, University of Chicago Law Review, 1977 - 79
  • Princeton University, A.B., Chemistry,
    summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    , 1974