Jill J. Smith, Attorney


Jill J. Smith established her law practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  For eighteen years she has represented a wide variety of clients in employment law, land use, environmental, public lands and water law, Indian law, tax-exempt organizations, and election and campaign finance law.  Jill served as the Executive Director of New Mexico Conservation Voters Alliance, New Mexico Conservation Education Fund, and Washington Wilderness Coalition.  Jill was a founder and director for Colorado-based Earth Information System (EIS).  Most recently, Jill served as in-house counsel for the Pueblo of Sandia in New Mexico.  Jill was formerly Legal Director for Futurewise, a land use watchdog organization in Seattle.  Jill is a graduate of Vermont Law School, where she won the Academic Excellence Award for Natural Resources Law, and top honors in Federal Indian Law.  Jill formerly served on the board of Winter Wildlands Alliance. 

Reported Cases: 

Forest Guardians v. BLM, 188 F.R.D. 389, U.S. District Court, D. New Mexico (July 8, 1999).


McPherson v. Homeward Residential, Case No. 12-CV-5920 BHS, (August 21, 2013)

Order Restraining Trustee's Sale

Nieuwejaar v. Bank of America, NA, ReconTrust, et al. U.S. District Court, W. Wash., (July 10, 2014) 

Order MSJ 071014.pdf

Lambrecht v. Green Tree Servicing, et al., U.S. District Court, W. Wash., (July 24, 2014)

Lambrecht - Remand.pdf

Licensed In: 

Washington, D.C. 
New Mexico 


U.S. Court of Appeals
       •Ninth Circuit
       •Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Courts:
       •E.Dist. WA
       •W.Dist. WA
       •New Mexico

Michael J. Smith Jr.


Attorney and LEED AP (425) 773-2231

Michael is a real estate/land use attorney with a passion and focus on green building and clean energy business development.  He worked previously with the Purcell & Adams law firm in Lynnwood, WA before going in-house with Trendwest Resorts Inc., now known as Wyndham Vacation Ownership.  Michael worked with Wyndham for 8 years after becoming a VP in the legal department as an acquisitions attorney and relocated to Wyndham’s Orlando office. 

Michael recently moved back to Washington State and has associated with the Natural Resource Law Group in Ballad where he and his family have taken up residence.  Michael’s previous practice in Washington State included representing property owners, landlords, tenants, developers, condominium associations, and an affordable housing nonprofit organization.  In addition, Michael was the lead attorney on a land use code remodel project for Snohomish County which resulted in Title 30, the Unified Development Code.  Michael was also in charge of monitoring legislative activity in over 50 local governments for Sound Transit in its early years and prior to that was the government affairs director for the Snohomish County Association of Realtors.

As a new resident of Ballard, Michael recently joined the Ballad Chamber of Commerce to get involved with the local business community.  Michael is also an active member of the Seattle based CleanTech Alliance and a member of the International Living Future Institute

Michael received his JD from George Mason University School of Law while working as a government affairs director for the National Association of Realtors in Washington DC.  Michael received his BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from American University.  Michael is a runner and tandem bicycle rider with his wife Cami.