Ethan W. Smith | Managing Partner

“Ethan handled our request in a timely fashion and was very responsive with my initial inquiry. There is a reason I’ve been dealing with your firm for over 20 years. Service and expertise are unmatched in the industry.”

Ethan is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Starfield & Smith. He focuses his practice in commercial law, with an emphasis on government guaranteed lending, conventional commercial lending and real estate law.

  • Designated closing counsel for several Certified Development Companies
  • Represents lenders in SBA licensing, compliance, regulatory enforcement, and guaranty purchase matters
  • Represents lenders before the US Small Business Administration
  • Active writer and speaker on government guaranteed lending issues nationwide

Ethan has prepared loan documents and performs compliance reviews for loan files for hundreds of SBA 7(a), 504, conventional, and USDA B&I commercial loans. He has also closed numerous other conventional commercial financing transactions and complex commercial transactions.

Ethan also enjoys hiking, spending time with his family, and gardening.

Ethan W. Smith | Managing Partner

Ethan W. Smith Starfield and Smith

“Ethan handled our request in a timely fashion and was very responsive with my initial inquiry. There is a reason I’ve been dealing with your firm for over 20 years. Service and expertise are unmatched in the industry.”

Ethan is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Starfield & Smith. He focuses his practice in commercial law, with an emphasis on government guaranteed lending, conventional commercial lending and real estate law.

  • Designated closing counsel for several Certified Development Companies
  • Represents lenders in SBA licensing, compliance, regulatory enforcement, and guaranty purchase matters
  • Represents lenders before the US Small Business Administration
  • Active writer and speaker on government guaranteed lending issues nationwide

Ethan has prepared loan documents and performs compliance reviews for loan files for hundreds of SBA 7(a), 504, conventional, and USDA B&I commercial loans. He has also closed numerous other conventional commercial financing transactions and complex commercial transactions.

Ethan also enjoys hiking, spending time with his family, and gardening.

Representative Matters Highlights

Closed multimillion-dollar death care acquisition and refinance transaction comprising 52 properties across six states.

Represented purchase of SBA small business lending company license.

Recovered $3,000,000 SBA 7(a) loan guaranty.

Represented lender on successful workout of $3,500,000 SBA 7(a) loan.

Represented SBA lender in successful response to SBA regulatory review report.

Represented seller of SBA small business lending company license and $100,000,000+ SBA loan portfolio.

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers- Pennsylvania Rising Stars in 2005-2011 (Banking, Real Estate, Business/Corporate)
  • 2017 Instructor of the Year – National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
  • 2017 Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Memberships

  • National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
    • Board of Directors
    • Non-Bank Lender Committee
  • National Association of Development Companies
    • Attorney Advisory Council
    • Designated Closing Attorney
  • Vistage International
  • Risk Management Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • American Land Title Association
  • Pennsylvania Land Title Association
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Education

  • College of William and Mary – J.D.
  • The Johns Hopkins University – B.A.

Agent For

  • Chicago Title Insurance Company (PA)
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company (NJ)

Publications