Douglas J. Smillie

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.
Douglas J. Smillie
Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Bankruptcy, Creditor Debtor Rights view more

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 1982

Education: Villanova University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2024

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

645 Hamilton St
Suite 800
Allentown, PA 18101 Phone: 610-797-9000 Email: Douglas J. Smillie Visit website


I have been a practicing lawyer for over 40 years. My experience includes many aspects of business and commercial litigation, as well as bankruptcy law. Over the years, I have represented financial institutions in various collection and UCC-related matters, as well as creditors' rights and lender liability defense. I also represent businesses (and their owners) in all kinds of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, unfair competition and "business divorce." I have also gained experience in the field of collection of workers' compensation insurance premium. 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 results in trial, arbitration, mediation, settlement negotiations or when working with other attorneys. As a result of a variety of experiences 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 addition to a full range of bankruptcy 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 and have argued appeals in the Superior, Commonwealth and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Bankruptcy: Business, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business, Civil Litigation: Defense, Employment Litigation: Defense, Media and Advertising

First 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
Educational Background:
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., cum laude, Muhlenberg College, 1978
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Temple Environmental Law & Technology Journal, Author, When Worlds Collide: The Effect of the Bankruptcy Stay on Environmental Clean-Up Litigation, 1989
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Jury verdict of $1,057,016, including $35,000 in punitive damages in suit for breach of duty of loyalty, theft of trade secrets and breach of contract. Arnold's Office Furniture v. Borden. , 2022
  • 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

Office location for Douglas J. Smillie

645 Hamilton St
Suite 800
Allentown, PA 18101


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2024

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