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Gerald K. Smith


Tucson, AZ 85715

Class: I (1990)Circuit: Ninth


New York University School of Law, LL.B., Root Tilden Scholar (1961)
Board of Editors, New York University Law Review (1960-61)
Kansas State University, B.S. (1958)
Admitted to Arizona Bar (1962)

Professional Career

Former Partner, Lewis and Roca LLP
Partner, Gerald K. Smith and John C. Smith Law Offices, PLLC


American College of Bankruptcy (1989-): Director; Chair (1995-97); Board of Regents, Chair (1989-95); Bankruptcy Review Commission Project, Co-Chair (1994)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Director (1989-95)
American Bar Association, Business Law Section: Business Bankruptcy Committee; Former Chair of the following committees:, Professional Ethics in Bankruptcy Cases Subcommittee; Jurisdiction Subcommittee; Ad Hoc Committee on Partnerships in Bankruptcy (1991-); Chapter 11 Subcommittee (1999-02); SABRE (1999-06)
American Bar Association, Business Law Section and Litigation Section Joint Task Force on Bankruptcy Court Structure and Insolvency Process
Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, Director (1988-)
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, UCC Article 9 Drafting Committee, Observer
American Law Institute (1989-): Elected Member; Advisor, Transnational Insolvency Project
Article 9 Study Group of the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code (1989-93)
Judicial Conference of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules (1993-99); Former Chair, Ethics and Disclosure Subcommittee; Former Member Long Range Planning Subcommittee and Litigation Subcommittee; Participant in Special Conference on Federal Rules Governing Attorney Conduct
Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rule's designated representative to the Subcommittee on Attorney Conduct Rules of the Committee on Rules and Practice of the Judicial Conference
National Bankruptcy Conference, Conferee (1970-)
Lawyer Delegate to the Ninth Circuit (1988-91)
Deputy Director of the Commission on the Bankruptcy Laws of the U.S. (1972-73)
State Bar of Arizona, Committee on Creditors' and Debtors' Rights, Chair (1969-72)
National Bankruptcy Review Commission: Ethics Working Group, Partnership Working Group, and Tax Working Group (1997)
Arizona State University, School of Law, Bankruptcy Course, Adjunct Professor (Fall 1999)
University of Arizona, Debtor Creditor Course, Adjunct Professor (Spring 1994)


Listed in Best Lawyers in America,
American College of Bankruptcy, Distinguished Service Award (2000)
Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, Lifetime Achievement Award (2004)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, "Legend of the Law" (2006)