Professional Details

Bruce M. Smiley

Bruce M. Smiley, Partner


  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
    • Associate Staff Member, Law Review
  • B.A., University of California Los Angeles

Admitted to Practice

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California

Bruce M. Smiley, Partner

Bruce M. Smiley is a founding partner of the law firm of Freeman Freeman & Smiley, member of the firm’s Real Estate Department and a regular member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee. 

For over 35 years, Mr. Smiley has counseled international and national companies as well as local Southern California businesses and families regarding all legal aspects of transactional real estate matters. Mr. Smiley’s practice encompasses both public and private sector transactional real estate law with an emphasis on commercial and industrial leasing, commercial acquisition and sales, construction contracts and disputes, finance, retail shopping center matters, environmental matters, workouts and eminent domain disputes. He has served as an expert witness in real estate litigation matters and he has extensive experience in structuring shopping center transactions, handling environmentally complicated properties, and in the sale and liquidation of multiple parcels of property located throughout the United States. Mr. Smiley is regularly retained by attorneys throughout the United States and large East Coast and Midwestern multi-national corporations and retailers to handle their company's most challenging transactional matters in the Western United States. Additionally, he handles real estate construction, leasing and acquisition issues for a large local Charter School. 

In 2005, Mr. Smiley was invited to become a permanent member of the American College of Real Estate Attorneys (“ACREL”). Since 1997, he has continually served as a member of the Georgetown Law School Advisory Board of Directors and regularly teaches continuing education courses at the law school. 

Mr. Smiley has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Real Estate. He has been awarded an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.  He has been recognized for fourteen consecutive years on the Southern California Super Lawyers list (2004, 2006-2019), a designation bestowed on only the top 5% of lawyers in this region.  

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Georgetown University Law School | Commercial Leasing Advisory Board Member and Speaker 1997 - present
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • First Foundation Advisors | Advisory Board
  • American Industrial Real Estate Association | Past Board of Directors
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • El Caballero Country Club | Past Board of Directors and First Vice President
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association | Real Property Section
  • Scholar's First | Board of Directors
  • Stop Cancer | President and Board of Directors
  • Freeman, Freeman & Smiley Foundation for Philanthropy | Trustee

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