The Ralph Smith Group provides strategic consulting services to business and higher education through a team of world-class experts, helping clients unlock the power of global thinking.
Ralph Smith spent 25 years in private law practice in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama before joining the University of Alabama System in 2004 as General Counsel and Member of the Chancellor’s Senior Policy Staff. He founded the Ralph Smith Group in 2012. Mr. Smith continues to serve the University as Distinguished Lecturer of Law and Special Advisor for International Trade and Economic Development. He is also special counsel to the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre. Mr. Smith helped lead delegations to Asia and South America in 2011 and 2012 to promote academic collaboration and economic development.
Mr. Smith received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University, an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has been an officer, director or trustee of numerous educational, charitable and civic organizations, including the Association of American Rhodes Scholars for which he is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as the Administrator of The American Trust for Oxford University. He is also responsible for the Rhodes Scholarship selection process in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.