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Chad’s practice is focused on business, commercial real estate, and construction law, which includes both transactional and litigation matters. 

From his experience as executive, in-house counsel to a development and construction firm, he brings an ability to relate to and appreciate his client’s perspective.Chad has also served as a guest lecturer to architects and contractors on AIA Construction Contract Documents. In 2007, Chad was honored as member of the “40 Under Forty” by the Business Examiner.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 30%
  3. Construction: 25%
  4. Litigation: 10%
  5. Land Use & Zoning: 5%



Hourly ($275-295/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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    Chad is a great lawyer who goes above and beyond to look out for his client's interests. His experience working with businesses and in real estate shines through in his work. His friendly personality make him not only great to work with, but helps to get the tough deals done. I endorse this attorney.


    Morgan Edrington Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Ashton K Dennis

    Chad has not only represented a number of my clients, friends and family, but is the attorney I trust with my legal matters.


    Ashton Dennis Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Smith Alling, P.S.

1501 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA, 98402-3526


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
40 under FortyBusiness Examiner2007
Order of the BarristersThe Order of Barristers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySmith Alling, P.S.2011 - Present
Managing PartnerMaher Ahrens Foster Shillito, PLLC2009 - 2010
Managing PartnerMaher Ahrens Foster Christensen, PLLC2008 - 2009
Of CounselMaher Ingels Shakotko Christensen, LLP2007 - 2008
Vice President - General CounselMetropolitan Real Estate Development, LLC2005 - 2007
AssociateDickson Maher Ingels2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Washington Landlord AssociationMember2007 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of WashingtonPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring ConferenceDeeds of Trust and Lease Options2009
Landlord ConferenceLease Options2009
Construction Claims and DisputesTime and Delays Claims2008