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Douglas J Smillie

Douglas J Smillie

Practice areas:

Litigation, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Communications & Media

Douglas Smillie

About Me

Shareholder and Chair of the Firm's Litigation Section. My firm is based in the Lehigh Valley (Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton) region of Pennsylvania and provides a broad range of legal services to businesses and individuals throughout the State. Several of our attorneys are also admitted to practice in New Jersey. We frequently appear in federal and state Courts in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, as well as in Allentown and Easton and the surrounding counties.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Litigation: 40%
    33 years
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 30%
    33 years
  3. Communications & Media: 15%
    17 years
  4. Debt Collection: 15%
    33 years



Hourly ($280-300/hour)

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

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    Doug and I worked together for 10 years at a Philadelphia law firm where both of us were partners. He's very sharp, pays close attention to detail and is very sensitive to clients' needs and concerns. Doug and I jointly handled a number of very complex environmental and commercial litigation matters, which gave me many chances to see him at work -- in the office, in court, at depositions and in settlement negotiations. He's top-notch and I'm pleased to give him my highest recommendation.


    James Burns Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I've worked with Doug Smillie on commercial litigation and bankruptcy cases for close to a decade and believe him to be the most capable attorney I've ever worked with. Be it a simple bankruptcy claim dispute or a complex insurance case worth millions of dollars, Doug treat's each case the same with brilliant recognition of the issues and mastery of the facts. He brings "big" law firm experience to a smaller firm so clients can take advantage of his expertise at a better rate structure. I would (and have) recommend Doug to anyone looking for great lawyering in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York areas.


    Ryan Foley Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

4001 Schoolhouse Lane
P.O. Box 219
Center Valley, PA, 180340219

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba Pc
4001 Schoolhouse Ln Box 219
Center Valley, PA, 180340219




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2014
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2012
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2011
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2010
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2009
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2008
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2006
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2005
Pennsylvania Super LawyerAmerican Lawyer Media2004
Who's Who in American LawMarquis1994
Rev. Ullman AwardVillanova University School of Law1982
Pi Sigma AlphaMuhlenberg College1978

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderFitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.1996 - Present
PartnerClark, Ladner, Fortenbaugh & Young1982 - 1996

Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at Desales UniversityMember, Board of Directors2008 - Present
Lehigh Valley Zoological AssociationVice Chair of the Board2007 - Present
Turnaround Management AssociationMember2000 - Present
Pennsylvania Newspaper AssociationMember1998 - Present
Lehigh County Bar Association groupMember1996 - Present
Association of Commercial Finance AttorneysMember1996 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1987 - Present
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy ConferenceMember1986 - Present
Commercial Law League of AmericaMember1985 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1982 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Villanova Law ReviewEditor1980 - 1982

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. Nicolet, Inc., 857 F.2d 202 (3d Cir. 1988)N/A
Ferraro v. Bell, 65 Northampton County Reporter 262 (Northampton County C.C.P. 2006)Summary Judgment in favor of client
Kiesel v. Lehigh Valley Eye Center, P.C., 52 Lehigh Law Journal 231 (December 6, 2006)Summary Judgment in favor of client

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Publication NameTitleDate
The Legal IntelligencerTrustee is Proper Party to Pierce Corporate Veil1997
The Legal IntelligencerPa. Court Give Collateral estoppel Effect to Bankruptcy Court Order1997
Temple Journal of Science, Technology and Environmental LawWhen Worlds Collide: The Effect of the Bankruptcy Stay on Environmental Clean-Up Litigation1989
Villanova Law Review"Casenote"1981

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Muhlenberg CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Your Legal TriageManaging Shareholder Disputes2010
National Business InstituteFundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Pennsylvania2005
National Business InstituteFundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Pennsylvania2003
Robert Morris Associates Advanced Lending ForumEnvironmental Lender Liability Issues1995
Philadelphia Association of ParalegalsThe Interface of Bankruptcy and Divorce1993
National Business InstituteAvoiding Environmental Liability in NJ1991