William C. Smart

William C. Smart grew up with an abiding love of nature, wild species, conservation, and outdoor recreation. He is an amateur entomologist and photographer, avid bird watcher, fisherman, hiker, and hunter. He graduated from Princeton University with a history degree and received his law degree from Willamette University. Since 1978, he has practiced law at Keller Rohrback L.L.P. where he currently heads the plaintiff's tort litigation section. During his career, Mr. Smart has litigated a number of significant land use cases in Washington, including: Orion Corp. v. State (establishing the public trust doctrine on tidelands and tidal waters) and Halvorson v. Skagit County (the state and county governments are not responsible for the actions of diking districts who have caused the back up of flood waters onto lands not protected). Mr. Smart has two sons, largely grown, with whom he shares many of his outdoor interests. He has lived for many years on Bainbridge Island.