Seattle, WA
Law Offices Franklin L. Smith

Frank is admitted to practice in Washington State and federal district courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, is AV rated by Martindale Hubble and has been selected by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” as one of Washington’s best lawyers. He is a member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, ATLA, the Lawyer/Pilots Bar Association and the King County Bar Association. Frank has served as co-chair of the King County Bar Association Aviation Section and is frequent lecturer and instructor in the area of aviation law. He received his J.D. from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and has been a life-long resident of the Seattle area.
Frank is a three-time chairman of the Seattle King County Bar Association Aviation Section. He has represented hundreds of injured persons, including pilots, crew and passengers who have been injured or killed in aviation accidents. He has been involved in the litigation and settlement of claims arising from major air disasters including Japan Airlines, El Al, Lauda Air, Birgin Air and Alaska Airlines. He has represented victims and their families in product liability actions against virtually every major manufacturer of commercial and general aviation aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopters, including Boeing Aircraft Company, Bell Helicopter, Robinson Helicopters, Cessna, Piper, Fairchild Hiller, Hughes, DeHavilland, Lake Amphibian, together with major engine and component manufacturers. Frank is experienced with all issues involving major air disasters, and general aviation accidents, including the application of the Warsaw Convention, Death on the High Seas Act and the various national and international air regulations governing air travel. Frank also represents pilots in FAA enforcement hearings and before the National Transportation Safety Board.

Paralegal, Jenine Michaelis, has over 15 years of experience as a litigation paralegal. In addition to tackling the complexities of the legal system so that each case proceeds as smoothly as possible, Jenine helps injured clients with the litigation process. She also assists clients and their families with insurance matters after significant injuries to obtain available benefits to meet current needs.


2121 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

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