Samuel R. Rony, Esq., born and raised in Haiti, has transformed his life’s journey from a teenager navigating political turmoil to a successful law practitioner in the United States. Emigrating with his family in pursuit of a better future, Rony faced the challenges of adapting to a new country. Despite the hurdles, he utilized his high school years to master English and excel in American football. 


Post-high school, Rony’s athletic dreams were halted when his parents discouraged him from accepting a sports scholarship, emphasizing the potential for a more promising future through academics. Motivated by personal experiences of rights violations within his family and his immigrant background, Rony chose the path of law to advocate for the marginalized. 


After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Rony attended St. Thomas University School of Law, where he earned a juris doctorate. Rony’s passion to help the voiceless led him to collaborate with the Internal Revenue Service in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, educating taxpayers about their rights and assisting them with filing their personal tax returns with the IRS. The emotional impact of assisting individuals in maximizing their returns at VITA fueled his decision to specialize in tax law. During Rony’s law school tenure, he interned at various organizations where he advocated for taxpayers’ rights. After earning his JD, Rony attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned his Master of Law (LL.M) in taxation. 


As an attorney, Rony’s passion led him to work at the Small Business Administration at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, where he leveraged his expertise in Tax and Corporate law to provide financial assistance to America’s most affected businesses. Currently, Rony remains committed to empowering taxpayers with knowledge about their rights and assisting them with claiming various tax credits. With aspirations to merge his expertise in tax law and business acumen, he envisions helping others achieve their unique versions of the American dream. 


Rony is looking forward to serving as a director on the board of the Haitian Lawyer Association. Rony hopes to utilize his experience throughout his journey to positively impact HLA and the Haitian community, domestically and abroad.