Nick Smith


Nick Smith moved to American Samoa in 2016 from Boise, Idaho, where his family has lived for five generations. He spent three years in the commercial litigation, business, and real estate groups of Idaho’s largest law firm before founding his own firm focusing on business and real estate transactions and disputes

Nick has broad experience representing individuals and businesses on a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, creditors rights, real estate disputes, general corporate governance, corporation formation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions. He also has experience representing lenders in bankruptcy, loan workouts, foreclosures, collections, and secured transactions. Some of his favorite clients have included breweries, restaurants, artists, and a music festival.

Nick clerked for two federal judges in the Midwest immediately after law school. Before entering his legal career, he studied abroad in Germany, taught school in Tonga, and served a two-year mission in south-central Mexico. Today, Nick spends his spare time cooking, gardening, and exploring with his family.

Awards and Scholarships

  • The Post-Cuno Litigation Landscape, 58 Case Western L. Rev. 1157 (2008) (with Morgan Holcomb)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Sidney J. Kaplan Legal Scholarship Fund Award
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
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B.A., Linguistics, Brigham Young University
J.D. (Summa Cum Laude), University of Minnesota Law School


Ponderosa Law, Boise, Idaho
Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Boise, Idaho
Clerk, Judge Michael S. Kanne, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Clerk, Judge Paul A. Magnuson, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Bar Admissions

American Samoa
Oregon (inactive)
Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

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