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Ronald L. Smith
+1 202 408 4195

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Practice limited to matters before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims


  • University of Baltimore
    J.D., 1983
  • University of Maryland
    B.S., 1977

Ronald L. Smith

Counsel, Veterans' Pro Bono Program

Ronald L. Smith joined Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as pro bono counsel in July 2008. Prior to joining Finnegan, Mr. Smith served as Deputy General Counsel for Veterans Claims for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) where he supervised all appeals to the federal courts for the DAV. Mr. Smith served with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General from 1984 to 1989 before joining the DAV. His practice for the past 24 years has generally been representing appellants before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Mr. Smith has prosecuted more than 400 appeals in the federal courts. He has participated in more than forty oral arguments and is associated with some of the earliest decisions of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. His cases have resulted in more than sixty published opinions.

Mr. Smith has authored a number of articles on veteran's law topics.

Professional Recognition

  • Recipient of the National Veterans Legal Services Program's Senator Daniel K. Inouye Award for extraordinary national service in support of veterans, service members, and their families, 2012.
  • Recipient of the Federal Circuit Bar Association Charitable and Educational Fund's Pro Bono Leadership Award for continuous contributions to pro bono service, 2010.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Federal Circuit Advisory Council
  • Officer of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (former president)
  • Federal Bar Association Veterans’ Law Section (former chair)
  • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Rules Advisory Committee (former member and chair)

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