JEFFREY L. SMOOT, ATTORNEY

Jeff is the founding member of Highpoint Law Group PLLC. With more than 25 years of law firm experience, Jeff has considerable experience in a broad range of practice areas including litigation, collection, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, divorce, and enforcement and protection of property rights, including mediation, arbitration, trial and appeals in state and federal courts. Jeff has represented clients in a variety of cases, including plaintiff and defense litigation in contract, employment and real estate disputes; management of large commercial collection portfolios; individual and corporate bankruptcy from individual chapter 7s and 13s to complex chapter 11 reorganizations; investigation and recovery of assets for bankruptcy creditors and trustees; debtor and creditor representation in state-court receivership proceedings; defense of foreclosures and deficiency judgment lawsuits; divorce and post-dissolution enforcement; unemployment appeals; and landlord and property management representation in residential and commercial evictions. Jeff’s practice is focused on preventative asset protection through estate planning and business formation strategies, protecting and enforcing property rights in and out of court through common sense solutions to help individuals and business owners avoid, resolve and recover from financial distress.

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REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Special Counsel for trustee, investigating debtor’s financial affairs and successfully recovering $207,000 in what was filed as a “no asset” chapter 7 case.

Debtor’s counsel in individual chapter 11 reorganization involving assets exceeding $40 million, protection of debtor’s rights in related chapter 11 case, and contested creditor claims exceeding $20 million; successfully confirmed reorganization plan.

Debtor’s counsel in chapter 12 reorganization; successfully confirmed the first family fisherman chapter 12 plan in the Western District of Washington.

Debtor’s counsel in chapter 13 bankruptcy; successfully confirmed plan allowing debtor to retain principal residence and vacation property despite pending foreclosures.

Debtor’s counsel in state-court receivership and subsequent involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy; successfully negotiated eleventh-hour settlement that avoided closure of multi-generation family owned business.

Co-counsel for debtor in defense of creditor’s $12 million deficiency claim against guarantors of commercial loan; succeeded in defending summary judgment on deficiency claim, obtaining ruling that contractual waiver of protections under RCW 61.24.100(5) are unenforceable as a matter of public policy.

Defense counsel for guarantors of commercial loan; succeeded in reaching settlement of $450,000 deficiency claim for $18,000.

Defense counsel for business sued for fraud and consumer protection violations; successfully obtained dismissal of all claims on summary judgment.

Defense counsel for contractor sued for contract and quantum meruit damages; obtained arbitration award dismissing subcontractor’s claims, recovered all attorney’s fees.

Counsel for victim of alleged mortgage fraud facing foreclosure; successfully negotiated rescission of mortgage loan allowing client to retain property and avoid foreclosure.

Note: These representative cases highlight successful results in selected past representation; however, prior results are not a guarantee of a particular result in future representation.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Washington State Bar Association (2007)

United States District Court, Western District of Washington (2007)

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC

Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor, Real Property Trust and Probate, and Solo/Small Firm Sections

Law Clerk Board (Member 2009-Present, Chair 2013-2014)

King County Bar Association, Litigation and Debtor-Creditor Sections

American Bar Association

Camp Long Advisory Council (2009-Present)

West Seattle Business Alliance (Founding Member, 2013-Present)

PUBLICATIONS

“Chapter 86 – Rule 86 – Effective Dates,” Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook 3d Ed. (2014)

Garnishment for Washington Employers: A Practical Guide to Garnishment Practice, Procedures, and Issues (2013)

“Privacy Laws Affecting Debt Collection in Washington,” Avvo Legal Guide (2010)

“Garnishment Process in Washington,” Avvo Legal Guide (2011) (Avvo Staff Pick)

PRESENTATIONS

“Judgment Enforcement,” Lorman (2013)

“Client Confidentiality Under RPC 1.6,” SSAA (2013)

“Collections and FDCPA Compliance,” National Business Institute (2012)

“Bankruptcy Reorganization for the Individual Debtor,” SSAA (2012)

“Seeking and Collection a Judgment,” National Business Institute (2011)

“Bankruptcy Basics,” SSAA (2011)

“Advanced Collection Strategies,” National Business Institute (2010)

“Collection Strategy and Asset Location,” National Business Institute (2009)

“Asset Location and Privacy Laws,” National Business Institute (2007)

“Collection from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute (2005)

NOTEWORTHY

Jeff has been referred to as “A Northwest Kind of Lawyer,” a fitting description for a Seattle native active in mountain sports and a volunteer supporting environmental education and outdoor programs for at-risk youth. An avid hiker and climber, Jeff has authored several outdoor guidebooks, and was recognized as a contributing author in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. Jeff plays competitive baseball, and also plays golf when he has spare time.

Jeff was named a Rising Star in 2010 by Washington Law & Politics, and is rated “Superb” by Avvo. Jeff participates in the Washington State Bar Association Moderate Means Program, helping low and moderate income individuals resolve their legal issues. Jeff is also the Chair of the WSBA Law Clerk Board, which oversees the WSBA Rule 6 Law Clerk Program, an alternative to law school governed by the Washington Supreme Court.





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