William C. Smart


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, Washington 98101 

P: 206.623.1900
E: F: 206.623.3384



Will Smart leads Keller Rohrback’s plaintiff’s tort litigation group. He is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 35 years of experience. Mr. Smart’s recent cases have included those involving insurance bad faith, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, and securities fraud. Mr. Smart handles cases for individuals or groups, corporations or professionals. He has litigated matters in the courts of Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Ohio, the Shorelines Hearings Board, the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and various tribal courts.

King County Bar Association, Member

Washington State Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Member

American Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Defense Trial Lawyers Association, Member; Past Trustee

Named to Washington Super Lawyers list, 2001-2019.

William C. Smart, Strict Liability and Criminal Sanctions: The 1971 Revisions to the Oregon Criminal Code, 13 Willamette L. J. 365 (1977).

Contributor to WSTLA.

William C. Smart, Insurance Bad Faith Settlement is Successful Sequel to Wrongful Death Case, WSTLA Trial News (Jan. 2000) (Contributed with Andrew Bergh).

William C. Smart, Policy Limit Settlement Brings Measure of Redemption Out of Tragedy for First Generation Americans, WSTLA Trial News (July/Aug. 2000).

William C. Smart, Private Attorneys and EEOC Team UP to Combat Sexual Harassment, Retaliation in Aerospace Industry, WSTLA Trial News, Vol. 36, No. 5 (Jan. 2001).

William C. Smart, Race Discrimination Claim Converts to Insurance Bad Faith Case, WSTLA Trial News (2003).

WSTLA CLE, Tort Law Update: Rising Above Tort Deform, Nov. 2003.

Lorman Seminar, Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Washington, July 2004.

William C. Smart, New Challenges to the Settlement of Multi-Party Cases, Washington State Ass’n for Justice (Nov. 17, 2004).


Princeton University
B.A., cum laude, 1974

Willamette University College of Law
J.D., 1977

Bar/Court Admissions

1978, Washington

1978, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

1993, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

2004, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

2011, U.S. Supreme Court


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