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Jennifer A. Smith

Jennifer A. Smith

Senior Counsel


  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


Jennifer Smith focuses her practice primarily on representing financial institutions and corporate clients, specializing in pre- and post-judgment remedies, workouts, and general business-related matters. Ms. Smith is also experienced in unlawful detainer prosecution and defense, and in defending worker’s compensation/ Labor code 132a claims. She is counsel to more than 70 credit unions throughout California.

Ms. Smith is on the Executive Board of the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai. Ms. Smith also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Credit Union Collector’s Council, North Los Angeles Chapter. She speaks regularly at various credit union chapter meetings and conferences on issues of Rees-Levering, vehicle lien laws, garageman’s liens, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (Federal and State), indirect and direct loans, and California’s anti-deficiency laws. Ms. Smith also speaks on the enforcement of judgments. Additionally, she presents educational seminars for attorneys on Judgment Debtor Examinations, Writs of Possession, and Writs of Attachment. Ms. Smith co-authored, “When Should You File a Form 1099-C?” Points & Authorities, 2000.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Loyola Law School
  • University of Arizona
  • Oxford University
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Counsels bank and credit union clients on obligations under the California and Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and other consumer protection Statutes.
  • Counsels financial institution clients on enforcement of judgments, pre- and post- judgment remedies and workouts.
  • Successfully represented financial institutions in jury trials and more than 50 bench trials.
  • Handles defense of labor code 132a claims for multiple clients in various industries.
  • Handles prosecution and defense of unlawful detainer action for both residential and commercial, pre- and post- foreclosure for clients in various industries.


  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHFA Extends Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Single-Family Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoria, and Extends GSE Forbearance and Deferral Lengths; List of Current Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and States of California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Federal Court Declares CDC Eviction Moratorium is Unconstitutional, But Does Not Enjoin the Order
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHA, VA, USDA Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria, and Forbearance Application Deadline, Extended to June 30; Current List of Time Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and West Coast States Foreclosures and Evictions, and Forbearance Applications
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHFA Announces Extension of Time Periods for GSEs’ Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria; List of Current Time Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and West Coast States Foreclosures and Evictions, and Forbearance Applications
  • Federal Banking Regulatory Agencies Issue Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Re: the Role of Supervisory Guidance

WSG's members are independent firms and are not affiliated in the joint practice of professional services. Each member exercises its own individual judgments on all client matters.

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