Walter Smith bio


Walter’s practice focuses on empowering Washington consumers in financial disputes, including automobile repurchase or replacement claims, disputes with contractors, and the debt-collection process. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and became an attorney to fight for justice for clients without vast wealth or power.

Previously, Walter served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington for three years. As a public servant, he investigated and litigated qui tam and other cases alleging Medicaid healthcare provider fraud, and cases concerning campaign finance violations. His past experience includes representing a major state agency in administrative litigation related to tax assessments and working in a consumer bankruptcy and litigation practice in Seattle. In law school, he worked as an extern for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington, the Federal Trade Commission Northwest Regional Office in Seattle, and the Washington Attorney General’s Office. He was awarded the American Bar Association’s Janet D. Steiger Fellowship in 2012 to support public service work in consumer protection and antitrust law in Washington. Walter provides pro bono legal services through the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington Pro Bono Panel and Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services, including direct representation. When he is not practicing law, Walter enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring the outdoors with his partner, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and their German Shepherd.


  • Admitted to Practice in Washington: 2013
  • Juris Doctor (with Honors), University of Washington School of Law, 2013
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Sociology (with Honors), University of Chicago, 2009

Selected trainings and presentations:

  • Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services, Olympia WA (Nov. 2018): Presented continuing legal education seminar, “From Lemon Laws to ‘Lemonade’: Consumer Protection Issue Spotting (link to slide deck here)
  • National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, Omaha, NE (Sept. 2016): Presented at conference concerning constitutional and statutory issues litigated in Washington v. Mann, resulting in $2.7 million judgment for the State (read more about the case here)


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