Areas of Practice: Mr. Smith has extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation and secured transactions.
Professional Activities: Mr. Smith has been a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference since 1970. In 1972-73, he served as deputy director of the Commission on the Bankruptcy Laws of the United States, which produced the first draft submitted to Congress of the current Bankruptcy Code.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Bankruptcy of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1993 – 1999. He was chair of its Subcommittee on Rule 2014 Disclosure Requirements and chair of its Subcommittee on Attorney Conduct Rules. He was a member of its Litigation Subcommittee and its Long Range Planning Subcommittee. He was also a participant in the Special Study Conference on Federal Rules Governing Attorney Conduct (1996). Mr. Smith was also a designated representative of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to the Subcommittee on Attorney Conduct Rules of the Committee on Rules and Practice of the Judicial Conference. He was a member of the Ethics Working Group, the Partnership Working Group, and the Tax Working Group of the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in 1997.
Mr. Smith is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy, and Board of Regents, a distinguished organization of nationally recognized experts in the field of bankruptcy.
Mr. Smith has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1989. He was an Adviser to the Transnational Insolvency Project and a consultant to the Restatement (Third) for the Law Governing Lawyers and Restatement of the Law, Suretyship. He was a member of the UCC Permanent Editorial Board’s Article 9 Study Committee from 1989-93. He was an Observer of the Uniform State Law Commission Article 9 Drafting Committee. Mr. Smith was a lawyer delegate to the Ninth Circuit and has been on the Board of Directors of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society since 1988.