Stuart W. Smith specializes in aviation law with an emphasis on air crash litigation, insurance coverage issues and administrative law.  Stuart defends airlines, pilots, aircraft owners, mechanics, repair stations, aerial applicators and Part 135 operators from claims arising from aircraft accidents, environmental claims and FAA enforcement actions.  Before he became a lawyer, Stuart worked as a financial consultant for a well-known international investment firm where he developed an offshore facility for international investors to trade in the U.S. securities markets.  Stuart is an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon where he teaches Aviation Law.       

Stuart is an instrument rated private pilot with over 1500 hours.  When not at work, Stuart enjoys hiking with his wife in the mountains and on the beach, playing in the waters of Oswego Lake, and exploring the Pacific Northwest by small plane.  He is also addicted to fast cars.     


  • University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.)
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.S.B.A.

Courts in Which Attorney is Licensed to Practice

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Aviation Law Conference - October 2015

Professional and Community Activities

  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor - Lewis and Clark Law School
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association - Officer Elect
  • Aviation Section of the Oregon State Bar (Past-Chair)
  • Northwest Aviation Insurance Association - Member
  • National Business Aircraft Association - Member
  • Pacific Northwest Business Aircraft Association - Member
  • International Air and Transportation Safety Bar Association - Member
  • King County Bar Association - Aviation Section - Member 
  • Panel Attorney, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Lake Oswego Corporation – Member of Development Committee
  • Multnomah County Bar Association


stuart W. smith

Stuart Smith

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Direct: 503.367.8741
Fax: 206.420.5369