Eleanor H. Smith

Partner

Office
Washington, DC
Tel.
202.778.1838
Fax.
202.822.8106
Others
Send an Email
vCard
LinkedIn

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.


Education
  • 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
Bar admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court admissions
  • 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
Clerkships
  • Hon. Harold H. Greene, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
Professional leadership
  • 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
Community involvement
  • Volunteer, Orr Elementary School
  • Volunteer, St. Philip’s Child Development Center

Representative matters
  • 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.


Eleanor H. Smith_bio

Eleanor H. Smith

Partner

Office
Washington, DC
Tel.
202.778.1838
Fax.
202.822.8106
Others
Send an Email
vCard
LinkedIn