COSTA MESA, CALIF. (June 2, 2015) – Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP (Smiley Wang-Ekvall), a law firm specializing in insolvency, real estate transactions and business litigation, announced today Robert S. Marticello has been installed as the president of the California Bankruptcy Forum (CBF) for 2015-2016. Marticello, a partner at Smiley Wang-Ekvall, will lead California’s premier organization of insolvency law professionals and support the Forum’s goals of promoting and enhancing the value of the bankruptcy system throughout the state of California.

“Robert’s recognized experience in litigating bankruptcy/insolvency matters and his passion to support those involved in the bankruptcy system will benefit the public and insolvency professionals,” said Evan D. Smiley, partner at Smiley Wang-Ekvall. “We are confident that Robert’s leadership as the President of the California Bankruptcy Forum will build on the strengths of the CBF organization and lead the group to further success.”

The CBF is comprised of seven regional forums and counts more than 500 attorneys and other insolvency professionals among its membership. The organization has provided continuing education, networking, and other services to its members for more than 25 years. CBF is also dedicated to supporting pro bono projects designed to educate and assist unrepresented bankruptcy filers and litigants.

For more than 10 years, Marticello has specialized in bankruptcy/insolvency matters and commercial litigation. He represents debtors, creditors, shareholders, trustees and other parties in Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcies and out-of-court restructuring in a broad range of industries. He has consistently been recognized as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers magazine, and was selected to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation Program, which is designated for the top 40 "up-and-coming" bankruptcy attorneys in the country.



Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP is a premiere insolvency, real estate and business litigation firm dedicated to representing debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, asset purchasers, professionals and other parties successfully navigate bankruptcy-related matters. Boasting a team of highly-experienced transactional law litigators and mediators, Smiley Wang-Ekvall is committed to understanding client needs and combining critical thinking with innovative advocacy tactics to achieve the best possible results. As a specialized boutique firm with seven partners, Smiley Wang-Ekvall values diplomacy and collaboration among its team, clientele and industry peers. Headquartered in Costa Mesa and with an office in Los Angeles, Smiley Wang-Ekvall serves clients locally, regionally and nationwide. For more information, visit