Peter J. Smith, Partner

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Peter’s practice includes corporate transactions and business dispute resolution. Specifically, Peter focuses on providing enterprises with counsel and advice for the entirety of their corporate life: from business start-up, to licensing, to dissolution or acquisition. His experience includes advising nonprofits, for-profits, and the especially interesting formation of businesses seeking to make a social impact like those operating or forming social purpose corporations. This breadth of experience puts Peter in a unique position to help entrepreneurs understand the difference between housing their business idea in a nonprofit or for-profit business structure, and how to raise funds for the different entity types.

Peter speaks and writes about a number of corporate law issues including tax-exemption, nonprofit and for-profit governance, and the legal considerations facing social entrepreneurs. Peter has donated his time by lecturing for Wayfind, a Washington state nonprofit organization that provides legal support for community based nonprofits, and advocating for low-income tenants through for the Housing Justice Project.

Professional Leadership:
–Washington State Bar Association
–King County Bar Association
–Super Lawyer and Rising Star, 2014-2016
–Received a “Client’s Choice” award from Avvo in 2015

Education:
— J.D., Summa Cum Laude, Seattle University School of Law
— Seattle University Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
B.A., University of Washington

Publications:

— Co-authored “Tips for Successful Nonprofit Board Service” in the NW Lawyer Volume 6, Number 3 (April/May 2014). 
— Co-authored “Not a Performing Bear: The Supreme Court’s Decision in Lummi Indian Nation v. State” in the Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter Volume 37, Number 3 (December 2010).

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  1. […] Peter Smith ‘09 is a partner at the Apex Law Group who focuses on providing counsel to enterprises – non-profits, for-profits and businesses seeking to make a social impact. Social enterprise corporations include ones like EcoStoves which makes clean burning, portable wood and charcoal powered cookstoves and distributes them to developing countries. […]

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