Seth J. 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. In Seth’s previous work with zlien, he learned all aspects of security rights on construction projects related to liens and notices.  Other areas of focus include commercial lease disputes, personal injury, auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, business formation, and insurance property damage claims.

Seth loves to fight insurance companies and get great results for his clients who are owed money by the insurance company. Seth Smiley is also a AAA-trained mediator who has participated in numerous mediations. Seth believes strongly that mediation and arbitration, in many circumstances, can be better mediums for resolving disputes than traditional litigation. The courtroom often leaves too many variables to chance and can strangle a client’s pocketbook.

Seth is currently the primary author of the Construction Law Blog and the Smiley Injury Law Blog. The Construction Law blog’s primary focus is to provide value in the area of construction law and business law for current and prospective clients regarding trending legal issues. When not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and travel.

Seth enjoys practicing law and running a legal business. The law is a business and having happy customers that give referrals and testimonials is the best compliment a business owner can receive.


Speaking Engagements

  • Green Leases and Green Building, Sterling Education Services, March 2010
  • Prime/Subcontractor Contracts: Agreements Between the Parties Who Do the Constructing, American Institute of Architects, November 2011
  • Louisiana Landlord-Tenant Law: Landlord and Tenant Rights and Obligations, Sterling Education Services, July 2014
  • Construction Law for Public Projects, HalfMoon Education, November 2014
  • Landlord-Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New Market, Sterling Education Services, December 2015
  • Construction Contracts: Most Litigated Clauses, Construction Defect & Dispute Conference, January 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana (2009)
  • California (2011)
  • Texas (2017)


  • Louisiana State University (2005)
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (2009)


  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • California State Bar Association
  • United States District Court Eastern District of California
  • American Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association

Seth J. Smiley | Smiley Law FirmWe were very pleased with the representation that attorney Seth Smiley of the Smiley Law Firm provided to us. He was knowledgeable, insightful, and always responsive, as was his support staff. We will call upon Seth again should the need arise and recommend him without reservation.

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