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Rob Roy Smith advises Indian tribal clients and those doing business in Indian Country on all aspects of federal law, including economic development, natural and cultural resource protection, taxation, tribal sovereignty and gaming. His work with tribes throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Oklahoma gives him unique understanding of the laws, regulations and relationships that affect tribal economic development.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial: 20%
  2. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Litigation: 10%
  5. Other: 30%
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601 Union St Ste 1501
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Natural Resources Leadership AwardN/A2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of Indian LawSeattle University School of Law2007 - Present
Of CounselAter Wynne, LLP2007 - Present
Senior Associate AttorneyMorisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & McGaw, Attorneys at Law2002 - 2007
Staff Attorney/ Policy AnalystNez Perce Tribe2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Animal Legal Defense FundVolunteer Attorney2007 - Present
Lewis and Clark Law SchoolAlumni Board of Directors Member2007 - Present
University of Washington School of Law, GreenlawAdvisory Board2005 - Present
Washington State Bar Indian Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Oregon State Bar Indian Law SectionMember2001 - Present
Idaho State Bar Indian Law SectionCo-Founder, Immediate Past Chair2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bonnichsen v. United StatesN/A
PSI v. Tanagusix CorporationSuccessfully defended RICO action
United States v. WashingtonN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Idaho State Bar AdvocateIf you Think Federal Labor Laws Do Not Apply to Indian Tribes, Think Again2007
Cultural Property YearbookIndian Tribes, Tribal Lands and Indian Arts and Crafts2007
Idaho State Bar AdvocateTaxing Times: the U.S. Supreme Court Muddies Indian Law Taxation Jurisprudence Again2006
Idaho State Bar AdvocateThe Tribal Tax Man Cometh — Recent Developments in Indian Tax Law2005
Animal LawAt A Complex Crossroads: Animal Law in Indian CountryN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
College of the Holy CrossPhilosophy and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Indian Law CLEResolving Tribal Personnel Issues: Establishing an Effective Framework2007
University of Idaho College of Law, Third Annual Indian Law SymposiumTribal Case Law Update2006
Idaho State Bar Annual MeetingThe Council’s Counsel: The Ethics of Representing Tribal Councils2006
University of Idaho College of Law, Second Annual Indian Law SymposiumTribal Tax Law Update2005
University of Idaho College of Law, Indian Law SymposiumBones of Contention — The Kennewick Man. Tribal Sovereignty, and the Future of NAGPRA2004
The Changing Dynamic of Indian Law in the Pacific NorthwestCultural Resource Protection Strategies: Post-“Kennewick Man.”2004