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Jeffrey L Smoot

Mediation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    50%
    I serve as a neutral mediator for a variety of matters including consumer, commercial, business, real estate, divorce, construction, eviction, probate, and fee disputes. Please contact me to find out more or to schedule a mediation.

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    15%
    I've represented debtors, creditors, trustees, and receivers in individual and business bankruptcy and receivership cases, restructuring, reorganization, liquidation, collection, debt workouts, and foreclosure defense.

  3. Probate
    15%
    I represent personal representatives, beneficiaries, trustees, and creditors in administration of probate estates. I also provide estate planning services including preparation of wills and other estate-planning documents.

  4. Real estate
    15%
    I've represented residential and commercial landlords and tenants, home buyers and sellers, condo boards, and developers, builders, contractors, and lenders in a variety of real estate transactions and litigation. I also help clear title issues.

  5. Arbitration
    5%
    I am available to serve as a pre-litigation voluntary arbitrator of attorney's fee disputes.

A friend called me "A Northwest Kind of Lawyer," and I like that. Born and raised in Seattle, I spent my youth and adulthood exploring beaches, islands, rivers, and mountains, enjoying hiking, climbing, fishing, and kayaking. Thinking I would become a teacher, I surprised myself by choosing a career in law. I have more than 30 years of law firm experience, including more than a decade a litigation, bankruptcy and family law paralegal prior to becoming an attorney in 2007. Over the past 15-plus years, I have focused my law practice on consulting with and representing individuals and business clients in a variety of matters including bankruptcy, receivership, business restructuring, foreclosure, business and real estate, estate planning and probate, family law/divorce, and related litigation and transactions. I have been recognized as a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers in 2010 and 2016-2017 and a "Super Lawyer" in 2020-2023. 

More recently, I have expanded my practice to include private mediation and arbitration for several types of disputes including civil, commercial, business, real estate, eviction, condominium, divorce/custody, probate/estate, partnership and law-firm dissolution, and attorney's fee disputes. In addition to my Seattle law and mediation practice, I am a family mediator with Family Mediation Hawai'i in Honolulu, and a volunteer mediator for the Mediation Center for the Pacific, where I completed advanced mediation training in 2021 and divorce mediation training in 2023. I am also a panel member for the Hawai'i Bankruptcy Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. 

I previously served as Chair of the WSBA Law Clerk Board and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and continue to volunteer on the Camp Long Advisory Council, which supports outdoor education, stewardship, and leadership opportunities for underserved youth in the Seattle area. I am a member of the Washington Mediation Association and the Conflict Resolution Alliance of Hawai'i. 

I currently accept new cases by referral only and represent a limited number of clients in debt workout, bankruptcy, receivership, probate, and business restructuring matters. I am available for private mediation in Seattle through my law firm, Westwood Pacific Law PLLC, and for family mediation in Hawai'i through Family Mediation Hawai'i. 

Whether as a lawyer or mediator, I enjoy helping individuals and business owners find common sense, cost-effective solutions for avoiding and recovering from financial distress.

Photos and videos

Pitching in a PSSBL charity game at Safeco Field, August 2011
Rappelling from Rainier Tower during "Over the Edge" charity event benefiting Special Olympics, 2010

Location

Westwood Pacific Law PLLC
1725 SW Roxbury Street Suite 2
Seattle, WA, 98106

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Wen | September 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
He is just great
I have nothing else to say. He solved all my problems. Best attorney in Seattle!
Posted by Angela | January 16, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough, responsive, knowledgeable
Our family needed help for debts we were unsure about. Thanks to Jeffrey, we were able to understand everything easily, and thoroughly. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all of Jeffrey’s work. He was extraordinarily thorough, responsive, and knowledgeable about everything we threw at him. We had consulted with several attorneys regarding out debt, and he was the only one who was exceptional. He truly gave us the peace of mind of understanding every avenue we could take to settle our debts. Thank you again.
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Posted by Chris | December 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Highly recommend Jeff! He worked incredibly hard and achieved results beyond my expectations!
Posted by Jerri | December 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Litigation representaion
He represented me and a fellow board member on a case we were drug into by the people suing as leverage to get the CEO to settle. They felt if his board was accused he would close quicker which was not the case and the reason us board members ended up hiring lawyers. He helped us understand what was going on and always kept us informed. He also had very good staff around him that answered any questions we had very quickly.
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Posted by Debra | May 8, 2014
Knowledgeable and easy to understand!
I was extremely impressed with Mr. Smoot's ability to quickly digest our foreclosure situation and make a recommendation that alleviated our concerns.
Posted by Courtney | March 14, 2010
Thank you for a job well done.
Jeff not only handled my issue in a professional matter, he made me feel comfortable the entire duration of my case. I appreciated his thoughtful responses and the time he would take to make sure things were handled appropriately.
Posted by James | February 10, 2010
Professional and Reliable
Jeffrey is a top notch professional. His information was reliable and delivered in a timely manner. We have great comfort knowing that we have Jeffrey as our representation and so should anyone else!
Posted by Mark | February 10, 2010
Review for Jeffery Smoot
I have used Jeffery Smoot on several occasions over the past year. Each occasion has been favorable and I felt that I was well imformed over the process. I have contacted him several times by email or phone and have gotten a response back very quickly. I will continue to use his services in the future.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Westwood Pacific Law PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Partner
  • Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Principal
  • Highpoint Law Group PLLC
  • 2013 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson P.L.L.C.
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Transaction Analyst
  • The McNaughton Group, LLC
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Litigation Paralegal
  • Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, PLLC
  • 1988 - 2006
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Education

  • Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • Divorce Mediation
  • 2023
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
  • Professional Mediation
  • 2022
  • Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • Advanced Mediation
  • 2021
  • Washington State Bar Association APR 6 Law Clerk Program
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2007
  • City University of Seattle
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Brown v. Morgan
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of defendants
  • James v. Paton
  • Dismissal of volunteer board members from lawsuit
  • In re H.
  • Dismissal of adversary and confirmation of plan
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Associations

  • Conflict Resolution Alliance
  • Member
  • 2023 - Present
  • Washington Mediation Association
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • Volunteer Mediator
  • 2021 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Camp Long Advisory Council
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2023
  • Washington State Bar Association, Law Clerk Board
  • Past Chair
  • 2009 - 2015
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2021
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Distinguished Alumnus
  • Edmonds Community College Foundation
  • 2009
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Seattle Select Attorneys Association
  • Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media
  • 2017
  • Seattle Select Attorneys Association
  • Maintaining the Highest Standards of Professional Conduct
  • 2016
  • National Business Institute Webcast
  • Creditors' Rights During Bankruptcy
  • 2016
  • KCBA Bankruptcy Law Section CLE
  • Dealing With Common Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy
  • 2016
  • Seattle Select Attorneys Association
  • Are the Obligations of RPC 1.6 Unreasonable?
  • 2013
  • Collections and FDCPA Compliance
  • Asset Investigation
  • 2012
  • Bankruptcy Reorganization for the Individual Debtor
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
  • 2012
  • Seeking and Collecting a Judgment
  • Collections, Fraudulent Transfers
  • 2011
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • Bankruptcy
  • 2011
  • Advanced Collection Strategies
  • Post-Judgment Collection: Getting Consumer Debtors to Pay
  • 2010
  • A Litigation Paralegal’s Guide to Case Management
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Witnesses
  • 2010
  • Collection Law from Start to Finish
  • Collection Strategy and Asset Location
  • 2009
  • Collection Law from Start to Finish
  • Asset Location and Privacy Laws
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
Endorse Jeffrey
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff has been working in the legal field for years, and has a lot of experience in bankruptcy and general litigation matters. As a fellow attorney, I frequently call him to discuss various legal issues that I come across in my practice. You will be in good hands when Jeff is your attorney."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Real estate
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Bankruptcy and debt
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