Eleanor H. Smith
Since opening up meetings of the National Economic Commission within her first weeks of practicing law, Eleanor H. Smith has been advancing the interests of her clients in and out of court.
Eleanor leads the firm’s award-winning pro bono practice, which received the DC Appleseed Pro Bono Award, and the Vincent Reed Education Award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, in 2016.
In her litigation and government relations practice, Eleanor has handled a wide variety of matters, including those regarding voting rights, campaign finance and other political activity, information access, privacy, the First Amendment, professional liability, white-collar criminal defense, debarment, gaming, and American Indian law.
She has prosecuted and defended cases in trial and appellate courts, represented clients before regulatory agencies, prepared witnesses for congressional hearings, handled parallel proceedings, authored briefs amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court, and negotiated settlements and governmental compacts.
Eleanor is Secretary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, serves on the board of directors of DC Appleseed, and is the former co-chair of the District of Columbia Bar’s Administrative Law Section.
Before joining Zuckerman Spaeder, Eleanor was a litigator with Public Citizen Litigation Group and a law clerk to the Hon. Harold H. Greene of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Before entering law school, Eleanor conducted advocacy work for non-governmental organizations favoring the Law of the Sea Treaty.
- Columbia Law School, J.D., 1987
- Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
- Murphy Prize for Advocacy
- University of North Carolina, B.A., highest honors, 1982
- Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- Hon. Harold H. Greene, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- Secretary and Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Member, Board of Directors, DC Appleseed
- Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation
- Trustee, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Former Co-Chair, District of Columbia Bar, Administrative Law Section
- Former Member, District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Partnership Advisory Committee
- Former Director, Freedom of Information Clearinghouse
- Volunteer, Orr Elementary School
- Volunteer, St. Philip’s Child Development Center
- Represented a senior executive of a major defense contractor in an FCPA case concerning the sale of aircraft to the Egyptian government;
- Avoided permanent debarment by the Department of the Air Force of a former senior executive with a major defense contractor;
- On behalf of a major newspaper company, obtained U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs records that revealed the extent to which veterans were being denied benefits due to delays and other problems in the way that the agency handles benefit claims;
- Sought intervention on behalf of voters in litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to force the Board of Elections of a state to replace its existing voting machines with different voting machines on the eve of an election, after which the DOJ withdrew its request for relief;
- Represented a Native American tribe in negotiating the first gaming compact between the state of New York and a tribe.
AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
September 01, 2012
DC Bar Names Zuckerman Spaeder LLP 2010 Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
May 17, 2010
Political Patronage and the Revolving Door: Chapter 14
Thomson West's Political Activity, Lobbying Laws and Gift Rules Guide
February 26, 2008
The Criminal Enforcement of Federal Campaign Finance and Election Laws: Chapter 18
Political Activity, Lobbying Laws and Gift Rules Guide
Thomson Reuters/West LegalWorks 2008
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Pro Bono Brief Helps Victim of Domestic Violence
April 10, 2005
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Files Amicus Brief Supporting Minority Voters' Rights
November 27, 2004
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Files Amicus Brief in Landmark Domestic Violence Case Before Washington State Supreme Court
March 15, 2004
DC Partner Eleanor H. Smith Co-authors the Legal Manual, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws
January 01, 2003
Family Ties: When Prosecutors Overreach
June 14, 1992
Chapters on the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Government-in-the-Sunshine Act, and Exemption 8 to the Freedom of Information Act
Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws
June 01, 1990