Douglas J. Smillie

Chair – Litigation

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Douglas J. Smillie is a shareholder and Chair of the Firm’s Litigation group. Mr. Smillie’s practice includes commercial litigation, bankruptcy, creditors rights, non-competition and trade secrets, media law, and employment litigation.


  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., cum laude, 1978
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D. 1982
    • Editor, Villanova Law Review, 1980-1982

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

 Professional Organizations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference
  • Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association/Litigation Section
  • New Jersey State Bar Association/Bankruptcy Section

Reported Decisions

  • Penn Jersey Advance, Inc. v. Grim, 962 A.2d 632 (Pa. 2009)
  • In re Heritage Highgate, Inc., 679 F. 3d 132 (3d Cir. 2012)
  • United States v. Nicolet, Inc., 857 F.2d 679 (3d Cir. 1989)
  • In re New York City Shoes, Inc., 880 F.2d 679 (3d Cir. 1989)
  • Babb v. Centre Community Hospital, 47 A. 3d 1214 (Pa. Super. 2012)
  • Jacoby v. Bethlehem Suburban Motor Sales, 820 F. Supp.2d, 609 (E.D.Pa. 2011)
  • Poskin v. TD Banknorth, N.A., 687 F. Supp. 2d 530 (W.D. Pa. 2009)
  • In re Szymanski, 413 B.R. 232 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 2009)
  • Bernhard v. Brown & Brown of Lehigh Valley, 720 F., Supp. 2d 694 (E.D.Pa. 2010)
  • Korn v. Kertesz, 2007 WL3283400 (E.D.Pa., Nov 06, 2007)
  • Kiesel v. Lehigh Valley Eye Center, P.C., 2006 WL 1985788 (E.D.Pa., July 12, 2006)
  • Ferraro v. Penn Jersey Advance, Inc.; 54 Northampton County Rep. 262 (2006)
  • Kiesel v. Lehigh Valley Eye Center, P.C., 2006 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 261 (C.C.P. Lehigh 2006)
  • Snyder v. Exclusive Transp. For Industry, 2005 WL 1175937, 95 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas (BNA) 1648 (E.D.Pa., May 17, 2005)
  • Kirkpatrick v. Easton Publishing Co., 53 Northampton County Rep. 21 (2003)
  • In re Reimiller (Schwab v. Conseco Finance Consumer Discount Co.) 281 B.R. 561 (Bankr. M.D. Pa. 2002)
  • Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. v. Lehigh Coal & Navigation, Inc., 1999WL1256365 (E.D.Pa. Dec. 19, 1999)
  • Mattioli v. Media News Group, 1999WL729255 (E.D.Pa. Sept. 8, 1999)
  • Patient Transfer Systems, Inc. v. Patient Handling Solutions, Inc., 1999WL54568 (E.D.Pa. Jan. 29, 1999)
  • O’Connell v. County of Northampton, 79 F.Supp.2d 529 (E.D.Pa. 1999)
  • In re Metropolitan Hospital, 119 B.R. 910 (E.D. Pa. 1990)
  • In re GEC Industries, Inc., 107 B.R. 491 (Bankr. D. Del. 1989)


  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Recipient, Rev. Joseph Ullman Award
  • Selected for inclusion in 2004-2006, 2008-2013, 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Named a Select Lawyer in:
    • Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, Contracts Law and General Civil Litigation, 2014
    • Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Law, Commercial Litigation and General Civil Litigation, 2015
  • Included in Top Attorneys list, Bankruptcy Law, Suburban Life, 2014 – 2015

Community Activity

  • Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society
  • Member, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

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