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Sidney Smith is the Founder and President of SRS Counsel PLLC, a solo law practice that provides virtual general counsel services on a range of corporate and transactional matters. He serves as general counsel to Syncom Venture Partners, a leading media and communications venture firm, and the National Association of Investment Companies, the leading trade association for investors in ethnically diverse companies. He is also a co-founder of Discourse Analytics, Inc., a data analytics company launched in 2011. Prior to founding SRS Counsel, Smith practiced for nearly 14 years at the law firms of K&L Gates LLP and Cooley LLP. Most recently, he was a partner in the corporate and securities group at K&L Gates. Before becoming an attorney, Smith was Assistant for External Affairs for New Jersey Governor James J. Florio and prior to that he was Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs for New Jersey Congressman Robert G. Torricelli. Smith is active in many organizations dedicated to service in the areas of education and economic development. He currently serves on the boards of: University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law Foundation, Bellwether Education Partners, and Pahara Institute. He was involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) for over a decade, including serving as outside general counsel, as DC Division Advisory Board Chair and as a classroom volunteer. His past education focused activities also include serving as Chair of the Multicultural Affairs Committee on the Phillips Academy, Andover Alumni Council, and as pro bono counsel for The SEED School of Washington, D.C. Smith's economic focused activities include serving as a member of the Maryland Empowerment Council, Charter Member of The Marathon Foundation, past Chair of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Advisory Board, former Commissioner on the Virginia Governor's Commission on Minority Business Enterprise. Smith graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is also a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover.