Douglas J. Smillie

Douglas J. Smillie

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Allentown, PA

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.
 | 645 Hamilton St, Suite 800
Allentown, PA 18101
Phone: 610-797-9000
Fax: 610-797-6663
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Business (20%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (20%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    I have been a practicing lawyer for over 35 years. My experince includes many aspects of business and commercial litigation, as well as bankruptcy law. Over the years, I have represented financial institutions in UCC matters as well as in connection with creditors' rights matters and lender liability defense. I also represent businesses (and their owners) in all kinds of commercial disputes, including breach of contract and "business divorce." I endeavor to focus not only on knowing and understanding the law, but also on the legal system and how the law and the court system impact my clients and their businesses. I always try to be practical and focused, while advocating for optimal reults in trial, arbitration, mediation, settlement negotiations or when working with other attorneys. As a result of a variey of expeiences in a number of settings, I have had the opportunity to litigate business torts, trade secrets, contract disputes, partnership and business break-ups, and employment issues, in additoon to a full range of bakruptcy matters for both creditors and business debtors. I have handled a number of Chapter 11 reorganizations, and have represented secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11, 7 and 13 cases. I have also had the privilege to have handled First Amendment cases and other litigation on behalf of media clients. I have tried cases in the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    About Douglas Smillie

    Admitted: 1982, Pennsylvania

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    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Member, Board of Directors, 2007-2016
    • Lehigh Valley Zoological Society, Former Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, 2007-2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal, Author, When Worlds Collide: The Effect of the Bankruptcy Stay on Environmental Clean-Up Litigation, 1989


    • Easton Area School District v. Miller, 2020 WL 3281099 (Pa. June 18,2020) – Successfully argued before Pennsylvania Supreme Court to obtain release of school bus surveillance video as a public record on behalf of media plaintiff., 2020
    • Retina Associates of Greater Philadelphia v. Retinovitreous Associates, Ltd., 176 A.3d 262 (Pa. Super. 2017) – Successfully represented eye doctors in establishing that majority owners of a limited liability company owe a fiduciary duty to the minority owners., 2017
    • Solid Waste Services, Inc. v. City of Allentown, 61 Lehigh L.J. 959 (Comm. Pl. Lehigh Co. May 10, 2016), aff’d, 173 A.3d 1267 (Pa. Commwlth. July 20, 2017) (table), appeal den., 2018 WL 500341 (Pa. January 22, 2018) – Successfully represented City of Allentown at trial and on appeal in a case involving the award of a municipal solid waste removal and recycling contract., 2016

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1982
    • B.A., cum laude, Muhlenberg College, 1978
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    Office Location for Douglas J. Smillie

    645 Hamilton St
    Suite 800
    Allentown, PA 18101

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    Last Updated: 7/31/2020

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