Aniela Szymanski, Esq.

Aniela Szymanski is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. She served on active duty as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003 to 2009. During that time she performed the duties of legal assistance attorney, deputy staff judge advocate, and staff judge advocate. She deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 as the first deployed female Civil Affairs Team Leader in the Marine Corps. As a civilian, she has been practicing veterans law her entire career. She clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for The Honorable Robert Davis, and was an appellate attorney representing veterans at Bergmann & Moore LLC.

She was a Visiting Professor of Practice at William & Mary Law School, where she also was a supervising attorney at The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic and later as the Director of Government Relations, Veteran and National Guard/Reserve issues, at Military Officers Association of America, a non-profit military and veteran advocacy organization. She is currently the Senior Director for Legal Affairs and Military Policy at Veterans Education Success, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization specializing in higher education for veterans and military-connected students. She is on the board of the veteran transition collaborative YourNexStage, and a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel.