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About Our Firm & Attorney California Veterans Rights Center

Douglas C. Smith

About California Veterans Rights Center

Let Our Experience Work for You

At the California Veterans Rights Center, we defend the rights of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and their families who were the victims of medical malpractice.

We are prepared to fight for and assist you throughout the legal process. Begin the process now by contacting the firm so we can review your situation and begin working on a strategy for you.

It would be difficult to overstate the benefits of hiring a medical malpractice attorney. Doug Smith is a former judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps and has represented hundreds of military members and veterans over the years and is licensed and admitted in the military and veterans courts governing veterans and service members. He is proud of his work on behalf of veterans and military families throughout Southern California.

Southern California Veterans Lawyer Fighting for You

We understand how stressful and even overwhelming it can be to face bureaucratic red tape and the complexities of the legal system and are prepared to help you navigate the process, advising you of your rights and fighting to defend your personal interests.

Douglas C. Smith

Managing Partner

Douglas C. Smith, Esq. is a successful litigation and trial attorney with over 30 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 founding partner of Smith Law Offices, LLP in Southern California’s Inland Empire.

His extensive jury trial practice and experience has earned him the rank of associate in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). A former Judge Advocate and Captain in the United State Marine Corps, Smith currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and is the State Judge Advocate for the California American Board of Trial AdvocatesAir National Guard based in Sacramento, CA. He remains active in various civic, community, professional and veteran organizations.

Smith will bring 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.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Marine Corps Reserve Association
  • National Guard Association
  • Leo A. Deegan Inns of Court
  • Riverside County Bar Association
  • San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Capital University Law School, J.D., 1986
  • Kenyon College, B.A., Economics, 1983

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, California, 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • United States Court of Appeal for Armed Forces
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals