Rachael brings more than a decade of legal experience to FBFK, offering knowledge of all steps of the Chapter 11 reorganization process, including asset sales, plan confirmation and postconfirmation plan administration. She also has experience litigating a variety of disputes, including contested matters and adversary proceedings, plus valuation disputes, claim objections and avoidance actions. Prior to joining FBFK, Rachael was an attorney at the firm of Ross & Smith, where she focused on complex bankruptcy matters. She is an avid reader and enthusiastic supporter of the fine arts, and she taught art history and English at Fort Worth Country Day School in Fort Worth, Texas, before beginning her legal career.
Rachael L. SmileyAttorney / Shareholder
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Admitted to PracticeState Bar of Texas
United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
EducationSouthern Methodist University, J. D.
Texas Christian University, B.A.
Recognition, Honors, and AchievementsBest Lawyers® “One to Watch” in 2021 for Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Dallas Bar Association “WE LEAD” Women’s Leadership, Class of 2020
Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for business bankruptcy in 2018
John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Rochelle Chapter 11 Course John King “Rookie of the Year” Award, 2009
Elliott Cup 5th Circuit Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition – 2008 Champion
Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition – 2008 Finalist (2nd Place) and Outstanding Oral Advocate