W. Calvin Smith
W. Calvin Smith
211 Church Street SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
Email: [email protected]
Calvin focuses his practice on commercial and business litigation and the representation of national, regional, and community banks in bankruptcy proceedings, workouts, loan restructurings, foreclosures, commercial collection actions, and related matters.
Calvin served as law clerk to the Honorable Ross W. Krumm, then Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1999-2001. Since 2001, he has been representing creditors in bankruptcy court, including litigation in numerous adversary proceedings and contested matters. Earlier in his career, Calvin represented debtors and official unsecured creditors’ committees in cases ranging from simple Chapter 7 liquidations to complex Chapter 11 restructurings to the bankruptcy of an economic development authority under Chapter 9, and those experiences have helped him better serve his creditor clients.
As many troubled businesses never end up in bankruptcy court, Calvin regularly negotiates loan modifications, represents clients in state court litigation, advises clients on repossession of equipment, conducts real estate foreclosures, and handles related matters. He also reviews loan documents in order to identify potential concerns and strengthen his clients’ positions prior to bankruptcy or litigation.
He handles a variety of litigation in state and federal courts, including the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, including title defense work, modular and manufactured housing issues, and employee non-compete agreements. Calvin also represents churches and advises them on issues ranging from incorporation to litigation, and he has extensive experience with church lending issues. Calvin attended the National Trial Advocacy College, a six-day, intensive litigation training program held annually at the University of Virginia School of Law, in 2008. He has served on the faculty of the annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice and has taught other CLE courses in the areas of bankruptcy, landlord-tenant law, and collections.
Calvin volunteers as the 5th and 6th Grade Commissioner for the Western Loudoun Basketball League and also as a coach. He has served on the Susan G. Komen – Virginia Blue Ridge Give Day Committee, was a speaker at the 2013 Race for the Cure, and has raised funds for breast cancer research, education, and testing. He has served as a ruling elder, Sunday School teacher, and small group leader at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, as a member of an ad hoc committee mediating an intra-church dispute, and currently as a lector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcellville, VA. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, an IT executive, and their four children at the beach as well as playing basketball and softball.
- Business Bankruptcy
- Creditor's Rights
- Litigation and Disputes
- Loan Documentation
- Non-Compete Litigation
- Real Estate
- Virginia Church/Religious Congregation Law
- US District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
- US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Pro Bono/Charity Activities:
- Western Loudoun Basketball League - 5th and 6th Grade Boys and Girls Commissioner; 8th Grade Boys Coach
- Susan G. Komen – Virginia Blue Ridge - Give Day Committee member; Speaker at the 2013 Race for the Cure; Has raised thousands of dollars for breast cancer research, education, and testing.
- Christ the King Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA. - Ruling Elder; Sunday School Teacher; Small Group Leader
- Blue Ridge Presbytery - ad hoc committee member mediating an intra-church dispute
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Purcellville, VA - Lector
- Geneva College, B.A. History, 1996; Summa Cum Laude, Research Honors
- J.D. Washington & Lee University School of Law; 1999
- National Trial Advocacy College (2008)
- Leadership Roanoke Valley (2009)
Faculty - Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice (2012, 2013)