William C. Smart

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Seattle, WA

Ruiz & Smart PLLC
 | 1200 5th Ave, Suite 1220
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-536-2762
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
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Attorney Profile

William C. Smart is an attorney with Ruiz & Smart Plaintiff Litigation in Seattle, Washington. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Smart has more than 42 years of legal experience, and he provides exceptional advocacy and support to plaintiff clients throughout the greater Seattle metro and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Insurance law and insurance bad faith claims

· Personal injury and traumatic brain injuries

· Medical malpractice

· Securities fraud

· Employment law and ERISA and disability benefits issues

· Civil rights violations

· General civil and commercial litigation

Throughout the course of his legal career, Mr. Smart has gained a reputation as a tireless and tenacious legal advocate who aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for his clients, no matter how complex or challenging their situations are. A highly effective trial lawyer, he has helped secure millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his plaintiff clients, including many multimillion-dollar awards, and he finds great reward in being able to help his clients obtain the maximum level of compensation and benefits they deserve.

An accomplished attorney and recognized leader in his field, Mr. Smart has published books and articles on a variety of legal topics, and he has conduced lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on matters involving insurance bad faith claims and other subjects. He is also an active member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the King County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Defense Trial Lawyers Association, where he once served as trustee.

A 1974 cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Smart obtained his Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law in 1977. The Washington State Bar Association admitted him to practice the following year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Smart holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received many other top rankings from his peers as well.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2000 - 2021

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About William Smart

Admitted: 1978, Washington

Professional Webpage: https://www.ruizandsmart.com/biowsmart


  • Super Lawyer, 2001 - 2019

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1978
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2004
  • Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member; Past Trustee
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1993

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, New Challenges to the Settlement of Multi-Party Cases, Washington State Ass’n for Justice, Nov. 17, 2004
  • Speaker, Lorman Seminar, Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Washington, July 
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association CLE, Tort Law Update: Rising Above Tort Deform, Nov., 2003
  • Author, Race Discrimination Claim Converts to Insurance Bad Faith Case, WSTLA Trial News , 2003
  • Author, Private Attorneys and EEOC Team UP to Combat Sexual Harassment, Retaliation in Aerospace Industry, WSTLA Trial News, Vol. 36, No. 5, Jan., 2001
  • Author, Policy Limit Settlement Brings Measure of Redemption Out of Tragedy for First Generation Americans, WSTLA Trial News, July/Aug., 2000
  • Co-author with Andrew Bergh, Insurance Bad Faith Settlement is Successful Sequel to Wrongful Death Case, WSTLA Trial News, Jan., 2000
  • Author, Strict Liability and Criminal Sanctions: The 1971 Revisions to the Oregon Criminal Code, 13 Willamette L. J. 365, 1977


  • Bird v. Best Plumbing, which together with Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell, obtained a $3.75 million judgement.
  • Kleppen v. West Coast Life Insurance Company, which obtained over $956,000 in settlements.
  • Linder v. Great Northern Insurance Company, resulting in a $2.8 million Appraisal Award.
  • Beck v. Lloyds of London, et al, which resulted in a $574,000 settlement.
  • Clayton/Bonner v. Jiffy Lube, an employment discrimination and Insurance Bad Faith case resulting in a $1.2 million recovery.

Educational Background:

  • Princeton University - B.A., cum laude, 1974
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Office Location for William C. Smart

1200 5th Ave
Suite 1220
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-536-2762

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Last Updated: 4/20/2021

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