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Alan C Smith

Mergers and acquisitions Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   2 reviews

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About Alan

Learn Alan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Mergers and acquisitions
    30%

    27 years, 100 cases

  2. Securities offerings
    30%

    27 years, 35 cases

  3. Venture capital
    30%

    27 years, 100 cases

  4. Contracts and agreements
    5%

    27 years, 100 cases

  5. Corporate and incorporation
    5%

    27 years, 100 cases

Licensed for 26 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/25/2022
State OR
Status Resigned
Acquired 2004
Updated 12/10/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Fenwick & West LLP
1191 Second Avenue, Suite 1610
Seattle, WA, 98101-3438

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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2007
Client Review
I've worked with Alan on corporate structure issues, venture capital deals, public offerings, M&A and all manner of corporate governance issues. Alan has a rare combination of practical business common sense and an ultra-technical understanding of the law. You actually get answers with Alan rather than hedging. He has counseled me through some very tough issues, and he just never gets flustered (or stumped). He also has an uncanny ability to negotiate successful outcomes in the toughest of situations without resorting to tactics that can put key relationships at risk. He’s truly one of the best negotiators I’ve ever seen (lawyers and non-lawyers included). Pound for pound, Alan is the best corporate attorney you will find–on either coast. You get the benefit of a skill-set usually only found (and even then rarely) with gray-haired uber-partners (that in truth typically wouldn't do much work on your deal anyway) without the stratospheric billing rate and with real attention to your deal. In the end, Alan is the corporate attorney I would hire if it was my personal company and my own hard-earned cash on the line.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2007
Client Review
I've worked on financings, acquisitions and IPOs with attorneys at Skadden Arps, Cooley Godward and Wilson Sonsini but Alan is the best. He is extremely thorough, intelligent, judicious, ethical, knowledgeable and pragmatic. His bills are reasonable. His negotiating skills are formidable, without ever crossing the line into sumo puffery. Unusual for someone with Alan's experience, he is also sympathetic to all the difficulties faced by entrepreneurs at startups. In our particular case, Alan sorted through innumerable irregularities that had piled up in our corporate records after several years of bootstrap operations. When we were struggling to meet new investors, Alan called on his partners across the West Coast to arrange over a dozen meetings for us. Alan also provides lots of advice on board management and corporate governance which has been both wise and savvy. Alan is teamed with a paralegal who will be a godsend for you if you end up working with Orrick; her name is Ellen Welichko. She knows everything, never misses anything; she is just terrifyingly good, too.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fenwick & West
  • 2008 - Present
  • Partner
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Clerk
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 1996 - 1997
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Education

  • Stanford Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Awards

  • Avvo Top Securities Offerings Lawyer
  • Washington CEO Magazine
  • 2008
  • Avvo Top Venture Capital Lawyer
  • Washington CEO Magazine
  • 2008
  • Washington State Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics
  • 2007
  • Chambers U.S.A. Corporate/Commercial Leading Individual
  • Chambers USA
  • 2007
  • Washington State Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Chambers U.S.A. Up and Coming Individual
  • Chambers USA
  • 2006
  • Washington State Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Pro Bono Publico
  • 2005
  • Washington State Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Butch Blum Award of Legal Excellence
  • Butch Blum
  • 2003
  • Washington Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics
  • 2003
  • 40 Under 40
  • Puget Sounds Business Journal
  • 2003
  • Washington Rising Star
  • Washington law
  • 2002
  • Order of the Coif
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Venture capital Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Alan is a terrific transactional attorney -- smart, experienced and very effective at keeping transactions moving briskly to conclusion. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"By any measure, Alan Smith is one of the preeminent corporate and securities lawyers in the Pacific Northwest."
Venture capital

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Seattle Mergers and acquisitions Lawyer Alan C Smith
Alan C Smith
Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 26 years