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Autumn D. Spaeth

Autumn D. Spaeth

also known as Autumn Gresowski

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Litigation

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About Me

Autumn D. Spaeth concentrates her practice on business and insolvency related litigation.  She specializes in litigation in and related to bankruptcy including fraudulent conveyance, preference, and non-dischargeabilty actions.  She is experienced in receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors.  Ms. Spaeth's practice also includes a broad range of business litigation matters in state and federal court including breach of guaranty litigation, partnership disputes, beach of fiduciary duty, unfair business practices, trade secret disputes, as well as intellectual property infringement litigation.  Ms. Spaeth's clients include businesses, their owners, chapter 7 and 11 debtors, chapter 7 and 11 trustees, creditors, assignees for the benefit of creditors, and receivers. 


Before Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, Ms. Spaeth was an associate in the Trial Department of McDermott, Will & Emery, a multinational law firm, and a partner with Weiland, Golden, Smiley, Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP, a boutique insolvency firm.


Ms. Spaeth received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California Los Angeles in 1996, and her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 2000, where she was Notes Editor of the Southern California Law Review.  She also received her Master of Arts in Communication Management from the University of Southern California Annenberg School in 2000. 


Ms. Spaeth currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee and serves on the Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee.  She is on the Board of the Central District of California's Attorney Admission Fund.  She was also appointed to the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association.  Ms. Spaeth is the past Co-Chair of the Central District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.  She is a former Chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section and the Legislative Resolutions Committee of the Orange County Bar Association.  


Ms. Spaeth received an AV peer review rating and was recognized in 2014 as a Southern California Super Lawyer.  She was selected as a Southern California Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine from 2009 through 2013.  Ms. Spaeth twice has been named one of the Five Top Bankruptcy Attorneys by O.C. Metro Magazine.  She has also been listed as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers.  She is a member of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, the Federal Bar Association of Orange County, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation


Ms. Spaeth speaks on the topic of litigation in and around bankruptcy and insolvency.  She co-authored, Who is the True Borrower? An Analysis of the Sham Guaranty Defense Reveals a Broad, Fact Intensive, and Total Defense to Deficiency Actions, published by the California Bankruptcy Journal for the 2012 California Bankruptcy Forum.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Litigation: 50%
    15 years
  2. Bankruptcy & Debt: 50%
    12 years

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Kelly Hope Zinser

    Any client will be fortunate to have Autumn on their side. The other side may not be so lucky! I have had the pleasure of working with Autumn as a fellow officer on the board of the Orange County Bar Association. She is very professional and well respected among her fellow attorneys.

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Contact Info

Smiley Wang-Ekvall,LLP

3200 Park Center Drive.
Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200002/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2014
Top Five Bankruptcy AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2014
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2013
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2012
Top Five Bankruptcy AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2012
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2011
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2010
Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSmiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP2014 - Present
PartnerWeiland Golden Smiley Wang Ekvall & Strok, LLP2003 - Present
AssociateMcDermott Will & Emery2000 - 2003

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Conference Executive CommitteeMember2014 - Present
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives Coordinating CommitteeVice Chair2014 - Present
Central District Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial ConferenceCo-Chair2012 - 2014
Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer RepresentativeLawyer Representative2010 - 2015
Legislative Resolutions Committee of the Orange County Bar AssociationChairN/A
Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Orange County Bar AssociationChairN/A
Federal Bar Association of Orange CountyMemberN/A
Orange County Bankruptcy ForumMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of CourtMemberN/A
International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring ConfederationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Von Dutch Originals, LLC v. Michael CasselN/A
Nancy Zamora v. TanijianN/A
Nancy Zamora, Chapter 7 Trustee v. Anthony Robbins et al.N/A

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
California Bankruptcy JournalWho is the True Borrower? An Analysis of the Sham Guaranty Defense Reveals a Broad, Fact Intensive, and Total Defense to Deficiency Actions2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Annenberg SchoolCommunications ManagementMA - Masters2000
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Bridging the GapBankruptcy Law2014
Bridging the GapBankruptcy Law2013
Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges and Lawyer RepresentativesThird Party Relief Under a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization2012
Bridging the GapBankruptcy Law2012
Commercial Law & Bankruptcy SectionHot Topics Affecting Enforcement of Guaranties2011