Evan D. Smiley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Costa Mesa, CA

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP
 | 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-445-1000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Evan D. Smiley is a partner at the Southern California law firm of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP. With law offices in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, he serves businesses throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and surrounding Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura counties that are suffering from financial pressures or insolvency as they pursue business bankruptcy.* He also helps clients who need assistance with complex business litigation matters.

Mr. Smiley began his career in 1992 after earning his law degree from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and his admission to the State Bar of California. After law school, he served as a clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, where he gained valuable experience concerning the bankruptcy process. He then went into private practice and rose to the rank of partner at a large Costa Mesa firm, where he remained until the founding of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, in 2014.

Over the course of his legal career, attorney Smiley has established a reputation as a consummate professional. The American Board of Legal Certification recognizes Mr. Smiley as board-certified in the area of business bankruptcy, and his extensive knowledge of his practice area has led to several leadership positions. He served as president of the nonprofit Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and as the California Bankruptcy Forum's director.

Mr. Smiley has received a number of honors for his legal abilities. He holds a "Superb" 10.0 rating from Avvo, and he has received an AV Preeminent** peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Best Lawyers*** has listed him among the top bankruptcy attorneys in the nation since 2010.


**AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

*** The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.  Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White Inc., Aiken, SC

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Bankruptcy (50%): Bankruptcy Law

Business Litigation (50%)

Focus Areas

Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

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About Evan Smiley

Admitted: 1992, California

Professional Webpage: http://swelawfirm.com/professionals/evan-d-smiley/

Honors and Awards:

  • Super Lawyer 2005 – 2016, Los Angeles Magazine
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Bankruptcy and Creditor‑Debtor Rights Law - 2010-2016
  • AV‑Rated, Martindale‑Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the California State Bar and American Bankruptcy Institute

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Former member of Alumni Board of Directors for Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Law Review writer and editor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Fellow of the Orange County Bar Foundation
  • Former Director of the California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Former President of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum

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Educational Background:

  • Business Administration (finance), California State University at Northridge, 1989
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Office Location for Evan D. Smiley

3200 Park Center Drive
Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-445-1000


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Last Updated: 9/7/2016

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