Autumn D. Spaeth

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: 2014 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (50%),
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (0%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, Autumn D. Spaeth is committed to representing clients in Orange and Los Angeles counties, California. She focuses her practice on business litigation and bankruptcy litigation.

In 1996, Ms. Spaeth received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor in 2000 from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where she served as a notes editor for the school's law review. Ms. Spaeth also holds a Master of Arts in communication management, which she received in 2000 from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Experiencing financial difficulty is more than inconvenient; it can be stressful and frustrating. Ms. Spaeth gives thoughtful guidance to help determine the best course of action for her clients' financial futures. She outlines their options, provides counsel regarding the repercussions of each, and serves as a strong advocate in and out of the courtroom.

As a testament to her dedication, Ms. Spaeth has earned the highest rating possible, AV Preeminent,** from Martindale-Hubbell, and she holds an Avvo "Superb" rating.

She is on the Board of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference's Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee and serves on the Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee.  Ms. Spaeth is an ex-officio Lawyer Representative for the Central District of California after serving a two-year term as Co-Chair.  She is a board member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Central District of California's Attorney Admission Fund.  Additionally, Ms. Spaeth is a member of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County, the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

** AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks 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.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Bankruptcy
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 0%Creditor Debtor Rights
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013

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About Autumn Spaeth

Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • Top Women Attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers
  • Twice has been named one of the Five Top Bankruptcy Attorneys by O.C. Metro Magazine
  • Southern California Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine, 2009 - 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Former Chair of the Legislative Resolutions Committee of the Orange County Bar Association, 2012
  • Member, Federal Bar Association of Orange County
  • Former Chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Orange County Bar Association
  • Past Co-Chair of the Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association
  • Board of the Central District of California's Attorney Admission Fund
  • Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee
  • Vice Chair, Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee
  • Member, I.W.I.R.C. International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation 
  • Member, Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, William P. Gray Legion Lex Inn of Court
  • Member, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Bankruptcy Law, Panelist, Orange County Bar Association Bridging the Gap Progam, 2012
  • Third Party Relief in Chapter 11 Plans of Reorganization, Panelist, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Chief Bankruptcy Judges Retreat, 2012
  • Hot Topics in Enforcement of Guaranties, Panelist, Orange County Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, 2011
  • Co-author, Who is the True Borrower? An Analysis of the Sham Guaranty Defense Reveals a Broad, Fact Intensive, and Total Defense to Deficiency Actions, published by the California Bankruptcy Journal for the 2012 California Bankruptcy Forum

Representative Clients:

  • Represents the defendants in fraudulent transfer and preference actions such as charity organizations and private schools, as well as individuals
  • Represents Toshiba America Information Systems, Kingston Technology, Western Digital, Mitsubishi Caterpillar (MCFA)
  • Represents U.S. Department of Justice Chapter 7 Panel Trustees in Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • Represents Chapter 11 Trustees in Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • Represents unsecured creditors and creditors seeking non-dischargability findings against debtors

Educational Background:

  • University of Southern California Annenberg School, Master of Arts in Communication Management, 2000
  • University of California Los Angeles, Major: Political Science, 1996
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Office Location for Autumn D. Spaeth

3200 Park Center Drive
Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-445-1000

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Last Updated: 5/23/2019

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