Evan L. Smith

Academic and Career Background

After completing military service in the United States Army, I returned to college and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in 1978, and my Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in 1981.  I then initially practiced as a Tax professional in the Los Angeles office of a Big 8 public accounting firm for three years, after which I joined a boutique Los Angeles law firm, where for several years my practice focused on estate planning and probate, business planning and transactions, and civil tax disputes, including successfully defending a large group of taxpayers against substantial tax and penalty assessments by the Internal Revenue Service that arose from their investments in a large, fraudulent, syndicated oil & gas partnership scheme.  In 1990 I joined with a law school classmate to form a law firm focused on matters involving bankruptcy, business reorganization, insolvency, and related tax matters, and have since then practiced law either in firms at the partner level or as a sole practitioner.  I am also Of Counsel to Messina & Hankin, LLP, a business law firm with offices in Murrieta and Newport Beach, California.

Professional Associations & Recognition

During my career I have actively participated in a number of community service and professional associations.  Presently, I am a member of the following groups:

  • California Receivers Forum
  • Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum

I have been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1989, the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability, am rated “9.7-Superb” by Avvo.com, and in November, 2016, was listed as one of Inland Empire Magazine’s “Top Lawyer’s in the I.E.”

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