Seth Smiley

Founding Partner at Smiley Law Firm


New Orleans, LA

About Seth Smiley
Seth Smiley, a native of Baton Rouge, is the owner of Smiley Law Firm. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Louisiana, Texas, and California, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and the Coushatta Tribal Court.

Seth Smiley is the son of a general contractor and acquired valuable work experience in the construction industry prior to entering law school. He earned his J.D. from Loyola College of Law New Orleans in 2009.

Seth is a proud husband (wife Jennifer) and father (sons Jude & Luke). Seth and his family reside in uptown New Orleans. As an active member of the community, Seth Smiley served as a board member of his local Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association, and he is also a small business owner and landlord.

In his practice, Seth handles all aspects of construction cases, from initial contracting and bidding, all the way to final payment once work is complete.
Recent articles by Seth Smiley

Lien Law Update: Illinois Mechanics Lien Act

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In a recent decision, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois gave out a first impression ruling on how to interpret a portion of the Illinois... Read more

Other Liens: Louisiana Homeowners Association Lien or HOA Lien

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Another great tool that is out there to secure debt with real property is the HOA lien. HOA stands for homeowners association. Many neighborhoods have homeowner associations. These entities exist... Read more

Collections Policy: How To Increase Successful Return On Collections

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By the time that any debt makes it to collections something has gone wrong. Many times there are a number of things that have gone awry in the sales and... Read more

Lien Law: How Do You Lien NASA?

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I had a client call in today, who was wondering how he can file a lien on a project he is working on. This is a very normal call for... Read more

Washington Preliminary Notices, What A Good Notice State

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Here at Levelset we send notices every day. I often write about how important notices are. Another aspect of my job is to review the numbers. This blog has often stated... Read more

Credit Management: One Centralized Credit Department for All Locations?

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The size of your company will determine whether this post is applicable. Figuring out whether a centralized credit department is a good choice only applies to companies with more than... Read more

Arizona Mechanics Lien Law: Send Your Arizona Notices On Every Job

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Arizona, much like other states around the country, requires preliminary notices to be sent in order to secure lien rights. Helpfully, although the Arizona mechanic’s lien statute is long and... Read more

Notice Of Intent To Lien: Great Tool For Getting Paid!

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A great tool that I always reference on the Levelset website is the Mechanics Lien Overview & FAQs  pages. There are a number of helpful resources on this page. Today I will... Read more

Lien Law Alert: New California Case Law Update

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A recent decision out of a California appellate court upholds the California lien law standard by which a mechanics lien is valued by the lesser of the contract amount or... Read more

Collections Policy: How Other Security Can Help Collections Policy

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  I find myself writing about policy a lot on Construction Payment Blog. Today’s discussion is about collections policy. Collections policy is the last moving part when it comes to... Read more

Credit Management: Stick to the Credit Policy As Exceptions Can Be Costly

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Here on the Construction Payment Blog, we discuss good credit policy often because it is so integral to making profits in the construction industry. Lets face it, we are all... Read more

Collections: Why A Company Needs A Collection Policy

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In every industry there is a need for collections. Most companies that I see from day-to-day are completely reactive in the collections approach. This is the company who waits to... Read more

Credit Application Series: Personal Guarantee

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A quick google search is all anyone needs to see that personal guarantee is a very popular, and feared, topic. Most advice articles say that business persons should not sign... Read more

Credit Application Series: Person v. Business Credit Check

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This post is geared to those in the construction industry who extend credit to clients, but the principles discussed below, can generally apply to all businesses. Credit applications are an... Read more

Credit Management: A Multi-State Company Solution

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Here at zlien , we have clients from coast to coast who file notices and mechanics liens in order to secure debt. Our clients have good credit policy in place... Read more

Litigation: How to Value Claims and What’s Worth It?

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As an attorney, one of the questions I’m often confronted with is whether a claim (money owed) is worth starting litigation, or in layman terms, is it worth “taking it... Read more

Risk Management – Bonds and Liens

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In a recent publication of Construction Executive there is a nice article written by J. Craig Rusk on alternatives to both payment and performance bonds in the construction industry. These... Read more

Disaster Recovery: Insurance Check Delays May Void Lien Rights

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As a New Orleans resident, I know the devastating effect that Hurricanes can have on the landscape. As a construction lawyer in this area, I know the effects that natural... Read more

Louisiana Mechanics Lien Law: Filing Date Differences For Public And Private Projects

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Note: Louisiana’s lien and notice laws changed on January 1, 2020, so some information in this post might be outdated. You can learn what changed and what rules apply here: Louisiana... Read more

A Guide To California Payment Bond Claims and Stop Notices

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The Construction Payment Blog welcomes Seth Smiley, who contributes this guest post about payment bond claims in Louisiana. Seth is a partner at Wolfe Law Group, and a contributor to... Read more

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  • Attorney
Expertise Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Louisiana Bar, 2009
  • California Bar, 2011
  • Texas Bar, 2017
  • English
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