Dara N. Smith


Dara N. Smith is an associate in the firm’s Finance Department, focusing her practice on public finance matters. She has experience in drafting bond documents, including remarketing circulars, continuing disclosure agreements and bond resolutions relating to tax-exempt bond issuances on behalf of local development corporations and industrial development agencies. Dara has also drafted discharge and redemption documents as counsel for collateralized loan issuers securitizing loan obligations.

Prior to Ballard Spahr, Dara worked as a finance associate at a major multinational investment bank, where she reviewed and analyzed FINRA rules and provided regulatory guidance on institutional securities businesses pertaining to outsourcing arrangements.

Professional Highlights

Judicial Internships

Judge Gerald Bruce Lee, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2017

Judge Fern Flanagan Saddler, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2016

Professional Activities

New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section

American Bar Association, Business Law Committee

Board Memberships & Community Service

Teach for America, Alumni CorpsMember

Legal Outreach Inc., Volunteer Mentor



American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 2017)
Article Editor, “The Modern American Brief”

George Washington University (B.A. 2012)


New York

Not admitted to practice in Pennsylvania