Eric Smith, General Counsel, National Veterinary Associates


General Counsel

The law is complex and intimidating. My team makes it clear and manageable. Our attorneys, paralegals and assistants give legal support and peace of mind to all of our locations. Before a practice or pet resort joins NVA, we help structure a partnership that works for them. As members of our community, we provide counsel on contracts, taxes, employment, real estate and more.

As a student at the University of Illinois, where I attended business and law school, I had never considered a future as a veterinary attorney. It wasn’t until 2003, while a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, that I met my favorite client, NVA, and became enamored with the profession. In 2015, I relocated here with my family to lead our legal team and serve our veterinarians and pet care teams full-time. My wife, daughters and dog especially could not be happier or more proud.