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brandi smith

Education

  • Juris Doctor, William and Mary Law School, May 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, magna cum laude, June 2009

Admission

  • New York State
  • Social Security Administration
  • Veterans Administration
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Minority Bar Association of Western New York

Brandi Smith

Born and raised in Buffalo, Brandi earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Buffalo. After working as a legal assistant at a law firm for two years, Brandi relocated to Virginia and attended William and Mary Law School.

During law school, Brandi was involved in the military community by volunteering with USO, interning at the United States Air Force JAG office, and being an active member of the Military Veterans Society at William and Mary. She worked at the Lewis B. Puller Veterans Clinic where she helped veterans appeal their denied disability and pension claims. She was also involved in the Hampton Roads and Richmond community through her membership with the Black Law Students Association and participation in the Hunton and Williams Street Law program.

Brandi had the honor of clerking for Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and Honorable Barbara Howe of the Erie County Surrogate Court. She also had the exciting opportunity of interning at Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia where she used her Virginia Third-Year Practice certificate to successfully represent clients in custody and protective order proceedings.

Brandi joined the firm in 2014 as a part-time law clerk and become an associate in 2015 after passing the bar exam. She has successfully litigated Social Security cases in several federal district courts as well as United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She takes pride in helping a World War II veteran receive reinstatement of previously severed disability compensation to 1945, entitling him to 72 years of back pay.

In her spare time, Brandi serves as the CLE coordinator for the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, volunteers with Volunteer Lawyers Project, and enjoys activities with her family and rescue dog.