Jennifer A. Smith

Direct Dial: 775-788-8624
Fax: 775-788-8682 or 8696

Practice Emphasis

Bankruptcy; Creditors' Rights; Commercial Litigation

Professional Experience

Jennifer Smith is a shareholder in Lionel Sawyer & Collins’ Litigation Department. Her practice emphasis is on restructuring and bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and general commercial litigation, including trust litigation. Her restructuring practice emphasizes complex Chapter 11 cases, representing both secured and unsecured creditors, committees and select debtors in complex cases as Nevada counsel. Ms. Smith is a frequent speaker on restructuring, insolvency and creditors’ rights.

Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers and Nevada Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Ms. Smith is also AV-rated in the Martindale-Hubbell Directory.  She was selected as one of Northern Nevada's Top Attorneys by Nevada Business Legal Elite 2011 and 2013.  Most recently, Ms. Smith was named "Reno Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year" for 2012 by Best Lawyers.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Certified since 1992 in business bankruptcy by the American Board of Bankruptcy Certification, former board member
  • Member, Nevada State Bar 
    • Bankruptcy Section (founding member and former chair)
    • Probate Section
  • Member, Northern Nevada Bankruptcy Bar Association, former chair
  • Member, Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association, former board member
  • Master, Americans Inns of Court
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Nevada Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit, 2004-2007, former Nevada state chair
  • Member, Probate Bar Association of Washoe County
  • Member, Nevada Supreme Court Bench Bar Committee
  • Washoe County Volunteer Lawyers, pro bono service award
  • Nevada Women’s Fund, former chair
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada, teen mentor
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers and published in Corporate Counsel magazine’s “2011 Top Lawyers”
  • Named to Nevada Business Legal Elite 2011 and 2013 as one of Northern Nevada's Top  Attorneys
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as " 2012 Reno Litigation - Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year"


  • Arizona State University, J.D., 1984
    • Law Review
  • Externship, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1983
  • Arizona State University, B.A., 1979
  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1974, study of foreign languages: Spanish, French, Russian
    • Academic Scholarship

Bar/Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada, 1984
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1985
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada, 1984