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Douglas C. Smith

Douglas C. Smith, Esq. is a successful litigation and trial attorney with over 20 years in private practice in California. He has been a partner/shareholder in both large and small litigation law firms in California, and is the founder of Smith Law Offices, LLC in Southern California. His extensive jury trial practice and experience earned him membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates. A former Judge Advocate and Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Smith currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and is the State Judge Advocate for the California Air National Guard based in Sacramento, CA.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio in 1983 (majoring in Economics while also earning 4 NCAA varsity letters in Football and Track). He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio in 1986. He was a member of Law Review and his law school's National Moot Court Team. He is a member in good standing of the California State Bar, the Federal Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before all California state courts, the United States District Court – Central District for California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Armed Forces Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims. He is active in various civic, community, professional and veteran organizations.

He brings to your fight many years of military and courtroom trial experience and advocacy for military members and veterans, having represented and fought for the rights of hundreds of veterans as well as active duty Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen over the years, from the newest enlistee to general officers.

The values that Mr. Smith learned from his upbringing in the Anthracite coal region of Northeastern Pennsylvania and in the military - fighting hard, not giving up, and being honest with people - are the cornerstone principles of the CALIFORNIA VETERANS RIGHTS CENTER. The CENTER under Mr. Smith's guidance is committed to giving top notch and second to none legal services to California veterans in need, to being a needed voice, and a relentless fighter for service members and the military veteran.

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