Peter J. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Seattle, WA

The Apex Law Group PLLC
200 1st Ave W, Suite 104
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-448-7000
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Business/Corporate (40%), Nonprofit Organizations (30%), Securities & Corporate Finance (20%), Intellectual Property (10%)
Attorney Profile

Peter J. Smith is a managing attorney at The Apex Law Group PLLC in Seattle, Washington, where he helps business clients with a wide variety of issues in business, corporate and nonprofit law as well as securities and corporate finance. He represents for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Washington.

Much of Mr. Smith’s practice is devoted to drafting and reviewing bylaws, shareholder agreements and other complex documents of corporate governance. He also helps clients register and protect their trademarks and other intellectual property. 

A practicing attorney for more than 10 years, Mr. Smith has extensive experience with the business formation process and has helped many entrepreneurs and startup companies set up their businesses for success. He also assists with legal matters related to adding investors, shareholders or partners, and he provides knowledgeable and skilled counsel through the complex processes of buying or selling businesses.

Outside of his practice, Mr. Smith is devoted to professional education. He has taught clinics on nonprofit law at Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington, and he has lectured many times on social purpose corporations and other subjects in business law for legal conferences and seminars. He has also authored and co-authored articles for professional publications. 

A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Smith earned his law degree at Seattle University School of law, where he graduated summa cum laude. He has been licensed to practice law in Washington since 2010. 

Mr. Smith has volunteered his time with the Housing Justice Project, the Communities Rise Nonprofit Legal Clinic and other community organizations.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Business/Corporate
  • 30%Nonprofit Organizations
  • 20%Securities & Corporate Finance
  • 10%Intellectual Property
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations, Securities Law, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law


7 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2020

About Peter J. Smith

Admitted: 2010, Washington

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Washington State Bar, 2010
  • King County Bar Association, 2011
  • Washington State Bar Association , 2009

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Communities Rise Nonprofit Legal Clinic Volunteer 
  • Housing Justice Project The Housing Justice Project is a King County Bar sponsored legal service clinic available for qualified low-income tenants facing eviction. The Housing Justice Project attempts to prevent homelessness in our community by representing those who would be otherwise unable to afford such representation. The volunteer attorneys and staff at the HJP provide skillful representation and effective counseling. I was proud to volunteer alongside them.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • King County Bar Association – What every lawyer needs to know about corporate law and an introduction to the social purpose corporation.
  • Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law, Nonprofit Law Clinic
  • Co-authored “Tips for Successful Nonprofit Board Service” in the NW Lawyer Volume 6, Number 3 (April/May 2014)
  • Brown Bag Luncheon at Van Ness Feldman on Social Purpose Corporations
  • Washington Society of CPAs’ Social Purpose Corporations
  • Nonprofit Entities: Formation, Governing, and Tax Considerations
  • Healthcare Hospitality House Network National Conference
  • Internal Controls for Nonprofits
  • Hot Topics in Business Law
  • Brown Bag Lunch’s The Social Purpose Corporation
  • Advising the New Tech Startup Business Entities
  • Wayfind’s Nonprofit Transitions
  • WayFind’s Social Purpose Corporation
  • Advanced Nonprofit Techniques
  • WA SOS Mt.Vernon Nonprofit Conference
  • The Social Purpose Corporation: How is it different from nonprofits and for-profits? 
  • Nonprofit Law Institute 2017 – Mission Driven Commercial Ventures

Educational Background

  • Graduated from Seattle University Summa Cum Laude, 2009
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Office Location for Peter J. Smith

200 1st Ave W
Suite 104
Seattle, WA 98119

Phone: 206-448-7000

Last Updated: 7/19/2021

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