Skip to main content

Peter J Smith

Business Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    My business practice focuses on helping business and entreprenuers who want to make a social impact with their business ventures.

  2. Contracts and agreements

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Including advise on the emerging social impact legal structures including the L3C, Benefit Corporation, and Flexible Purposes entities.

  4. Intellectual property

  5. Litigation

The Apex Law Group provides legal advice and counsel to businesses from companies that are starting-up to those that are publicly traded . By leveraging internet based tools and our low overhead, Apex Law provides quality legal service at an affordable rate.



My practice focuses on a variety of issues surrounding business start-up. My experience includes advising non-profits, for-profits and the especially interesting formation of business seeking to make a social impact. 



Before joining Apex Law, I practiced complex environmental, land use, and real estate litigation. I have represented both public and private clients in a variety of jurisdictions including federal and state courts, local administrative proceedings, local legislative hearings, and state hearings boards including the Pollution Control Hearings Board.



My goal is to combine my litigation and corporate formation experience to help entrepreneurs get off the ground and to help all businesses maintain regulatory compliance, avoid costly litigation, and ultimately become more successful companies.

Photos and videos


The Apex Law Group
221 First Ave. W.,
Suite 110
Seattle, WA, 98119

Business lawyers nearby


5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by Sidney | July 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank for your help
Such a friendly and helpful staff. Very professional and answered all of my questions.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peter Smith and Apex - Great Team!
I've worked with Peter a few times over the years, and am happy to retain him for personal and business purposes. He's helped me set up businesses, manage stock vesting, and also unwind a business. He's timely in his feedback and fair in pricing. All in all - a great option!
Posted by Dustin | July 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peter and Apex Law Group are the best!
I was so fortunate to find Apex Law when starting my new business. Peter and Tara have been amazing throughout the process and have helped me with every step in forming my social purpose corporation. In addition, they helped connect me with other resources to support my accounting needs and getting set up as a B-Corp. Their support didn’t end when all the paperwork was filed, they have been there to support me with other hurdles I have faced with lease reviews, dispute resolution and setting up our independent contractor agreement. I am so glad to have such great partners that truly care about their clients and our community. 
Read less
Posted by Frank | May 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, Patient, Creative & Thoughtful
I met with Peter to discuss forming my new LLC and he was extremely helpful! I had a few questions and just like many common folk I had no idea what to do from a legal standpoint. I now know I'll be working with Peter at Apex for all my legal needs with my new company!
Posted by Adam | February 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Partner Split
I came to Peter with an extremely convoluted business separation. Multiple businesses, apartment building, new construction projects, etc. We were thrown multiple curve balls through the entire process and he saw it through to the finish. The opposing counsel was extreme hard to communicate with an very slow to respond and he just kept pressing to finally get to a resolution. We were able to keep it out of court which was a big win on getting this done without breaking the bank! I would highly recommend working with Peter..
Read less
Posted by Kris | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Franchise Purchase
A big thanks to Peter Smith and team. They helped me through the challenges of purchasing and setting up a franchise. They continue to pass along documents/emails that come their way without concern, which I greatly appreciate. Peter's presence and general concern made this first time process a lot easier and enjoyable then expected. I really felt like I had someone on my side. Thanks Again and I highly recommend Apex law!
Read less
Posted by John | February 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trustworthy, Strategic, Professional
Peter helped me with consulting for the development of a new start-up and negotiating the contract terms with the venture capital group. He is an excellent communicator with a client-first approach. I felt listened to and his guidance was sound. I would recommend Peter to anyone looking for a business attorney.
Posted by Eric | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peter Smith, at Apex Law Group is an awesome business attorney!! If you own a small business as I do, having a good attorney on your team is essential. I’ve known Peter for several years and he has helped me on numerous occasions with corporate structuring and contracts. He is sharp, knowledgeable, and hard working. Perhaps most importantly he is a business owner himself and which means that he clearly and intimately understands your business needs. As my business attorney I feel that he always “has my back”. As Peter is fond of saying: “A sound contract is the linchpin of a successful business relationship.” To work without one is to invite disaster. To have one is peace of mind. If you are looking for a business attorney, I recommend that you give Peter a call at Apex Law. Eric
Read less
Posted by Brett Farrington | February 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional Business Attorney
Peter Smith was recommended to me by a fellow business owner. I met with Peter and his partner for a corporate structuring consultation. He was helpful, knowledgeable, and informative while maintaining a friendly demeanor. I have since called on Peter for some business advise related to a difficult customer situation. Peter responded extremely quick with his legal advise, making time for me during a very busy day of meetings. I would strongly recommend his firm, Apex Law Group, to business owners in need of sound legal advice from a professional that makes it easy and accessible.
Read less
Posted by Amanda | February 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend Peter!
Peter Smith is incredibly knowledgeable, he provides honest and valuable business advice. Not only is Peter knowledgeable, but he is also a pleasure to work with and genuinely has a passion for helping others. He is also very well connected to a large network of professionals who can support your business in a variety of ways. I highly recommend Peter with Apex Law Group.
Read less
Posted by Kelly | February 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Peter is the only one I trust with my legal business needs
The best way to put it is by saying Peter is fantastic. I own a small business and we have Peter review and create all of our legal documents for clients, sub-contractors, employees and between owners. Having peace of mind knowing my business is legally sound and that I have someone as dedicated, intelligent and caring as Peter, allows me and my company to do what we do best, and not worry about the rest. As my company grows and expands, I know Peter will be there with the best advise and knowledge. I can't recommend his services enough!
Read less
Posted by Stuart | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peter approaches business law with persistence and enthusiasm!
I manage a small mortgage brokerage and hired Peter to help sort out some issues regarding the termination of an officer of the company. Peter's communication skills and persistence over several months resulted in a satisfactory resolution for all parties. Peter continues to provide his services to me as well as the owner of our brokerage, who is active in several other businesses.
Read less
Posted by Jeff | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great support with business legal advice and helping me incorporate!
I have been working with Peter for well over 2 years now. Initially, I was seeking out some feedback/consultation regarding small matters, which he promptly supported me with. When it was time for me to move from a sole prop to a corporation, he was able to put his team to action to take care of my request in the tight timeframes required. Now, as my registered agent (I think that's what it is), he is my go to for any concerns I have with my business. I would always recommend Peter for legal advice and look forward to referring myself, friends, family, etc to him!
Read less
Posted by Digvijay | February 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An outstanding counsel for both Non-Profit & For-profit business law
Peter Smith is not only a terrific lawyer who has been voted by his peers to the elite 5% group of WA state lawyers (SuperLawyers) but also an extremely high integrity person. I would highly recommend Peter whether you are looking for a short term transaction or a long term relationship. Peter has handled a wide variety of issues both for me personally and for the companies I have been associated with. These include straight forward but speedy incorporations to complex legal funding, business development, privacy, terms of use and licensing transactions. All transactions have always been executed very thoughtfully, cost effectively, and speedily with excellent service and lightening fast turnaround times.
Read less
Posted by Tim | November 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peter is Awesome!
I retained Peter yesterday regarding my issues with my business partners. Peter got right on it and I feel so much better having him on my side. Peter is quick to respond and has only offered me great advice in a very professional manner. He is creative, a great listener and a fun / nice man to boot. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs his type of servcies
Read less
Posted by Alan | October 23, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great work for small business help
As the owner of a small business, I had a number of questions related to hiring my first employee. Peter helped walk me through each concern and was able to answer everything. He is extremely knowledgable about employment law, he was very professional in his communication. He is a problem solver at heart, and in fact, he determined that I didn't need to hire him at this point. I will definitely be hiring himfor future work, and I'd highly recommend him to other small business owners.
Read less
Posted by Jeff | March 29, 2015
Outstanding service - reliable - fun to work with
After years working with the same attorney, receiving less service for more money, I decided I needed to make a change. I found Peter - and he has been absolutely fantastic to deal with. He has provided top-notch advice and support and has turned things around incredibly quickly. Just recently, I sent him a document on a Saturday morning (expecting to hear from him on Monday). I had a revised document back on my desk before NOON on that same Saturday! As my new business gets off the ground, it is comforting to know that I have an experienced and willing legal professional on my side to help me navigate the many business and contractual hurdles that lay ahead. I am very pleased to be working with Peter!
Read less
Posted by Todd | March 20, 2015
Get your Buy/Sell agreements here!
Peter is excellent at listening to our needs and honing in on the exact language we needed to move forward. His knowledge and understanding created a speedy, efficient, and affordable engagement. Excited to have him working for us.
Posted by Mary | March 20, 2015
Attention to detail and clear explanations are vital when creating a partnership. Peter's clear communication and expert guidance set him apart and make him a trusted advisor. I appreciate his common sense approach balance with the legal detail he utilizes to create the documents needed to enter into a business partnership.
Posted by Kay | March 19, 2015
Exceptional service.
Peter's expertise and commitment to giving the best possible service is extraordinary. In a relaxed and focused way he understands what is needed and how to best attend to my needs - for me the issue is proprietary products. It's a great relief to have Peter looking out for my interests.
View less reviews


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Apex Law Group LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • Gordon Derr, LLP
  • 2009 - 2011


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lummi Indian Nation v. State of Washington 241 P.3d 1220
  • In favor of the State (and our intervening clients)


  • King County Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
View all awards


  • Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter
  • Not a Performing Bear : The Supreme Court's Decision in Lummi Indian Nation v. State
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Nonprofit Entities: Formation, Governing, and Tax Considerations
  • Nonprofit Law
  • 2017
  • Advanced Nonprofit Techniques
  • Nonprofit Finance
  • 2015
  • Wayfind
  • Nonprofit Transitions
  • 2014
  • Hot Topics in Business Law
  • Corporate Entities
  • 2013
  • Healthcare Hospitality House Network National Conference
  • Risk Management
  • 2013
  • Advising the New Tech Startup
  • Business Entities
  • 2013
  • Washington Society of CPAs
  • Social Purpose Corporations
  • 2012
  • Brown Bag Luncheon at Van Ness Feldman
  • Social Purpose Corporation
  • 2012
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (7)
Endorse Peter
Business Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Peter on a recent business sale. He was thoughtful, attentive, and practical. Peter is a very knowledgeable and skilled attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter possesses a great deal of expertise in business structures and corporations. Not only does he ejoy a great depth of knowledge; he is able to communicate the salient points clearly."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Other
"I've known Peter J. Smith since law school and I feel completely comfortable saying that he is one of the smartest and most good-hearted people that I have known in this profession. I have always seen him excel at everything he does, excepting that I usually beat him at racquetball."
Business Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Friend
"Peter is by far one of the most intelligent and capable lawyers in the Seattle area. I know that if I ever have a business, contracts, or civil litigation question he would have the answer. If you are fortunate enough to have him help you with a legal matter you are in very good hands."
Business Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Peter is an excellent lawyer who works extremely hard for his clients to identify their needs and provide them with top notch representation."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Peter Smith because he is one of the hardest working and smartest attorneys that I know. Peter is an excellent advocate in the courtroom."
Business Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is an excellent attorney who helps businesses tackle complex business matters. He is also the only attorney that I know who has knowledge to advise companies about the new Social Purpose Corporation, which goes into effect in Washington state in June 2012."
Business Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peter Smith is a brilliant and tenacious lawyer, and I recommend him without reservation. His experience and intellect leave him with few peers."
Business Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Peter for several years, and I am honored to say that he is my friend and colleague. Peter is one of the brightest young attorney’s who I know. He is tenacious, savvy, and quick on his feet. He is also courteous, genuine, and highly professional. Peter is always first to think of other people, particularly his clients. He is a great listener and always has sound advice, which I often seek. I have personally referred him clients because I know that he will approach their legal issues with the same diligence and skill as some of the best attorneys in Washington. In addition to Peter being a rising star in our profession, he is a devout husband and father. He balances his life well, which helps him maintain a very healthy perspective. I cannot speak highly enough of him."
View more endorsements
Speeding and traffic ticket
Contracts and agreements
Personal injury