Rob Roy Smith focuses his practice on federal Indian law. He advises Indian tribal clients on all aspects of federal, state and tribal law, including economic development, natural and cultural resource protection, taxation, tribal sovereignty and gaming.
For over a decade, Mr. Smith has successfully represented Indian tribal governments, individual Indians and businesses in complex litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as the Idaho Supreme Court. He has filed briefs before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Federal Claims on a variety of issues, including tribal jurisdiction and fiduciary duty. Mr. Smith also has experience litigating cases under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.
Mr. Smith is also an active member of the Indian Law Committee for the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. The committee's goals are to strengthen the school's Indian Law program and to secure funding to engage visiting professors to the school to teach Federal Indian law. Additionally, Mr. Smith serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. He is a frequent author and lecturer on various aspects of Indian law.
Mr. Smith was named a 2016 “Rising Star” by Law360 for Native American Law. He was listed by The Best Lawyers in America® for Native American Law in 2017 and the three years immediately preceding. He was recognized as a Washington “Super Lawyer” for Native American Law in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Smith was listed in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Native American Law and he was also ranked Nationally as “Up and Coming” for Native American Law in 2016 by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Professional & Community Activities
Animal Legal Defense Fund, Volunteer Attorney (2007 to Present)
Idaho State Bar, Indian Law Section, Co-Founder and Past Chair
King County Bar Association, Urban Indian Legal Clinic, Volunteer Attorney (2008 to Present)
Lewis and Clark Law School, Alumni Board of Directors, Member (2007 to 2012)
Marathon Maniac, Member
Northwestern School of Law Lewis & Clark College, Indian Law Committee, Member
Oregon State Bar, Indian Law Section, Member
Seattle University School of Law, Federal Indian Law, Adjunct Professor (2008 to Present)
Washington State Bar, Indian Law Section, Member
Washington State BarBri, Federal Indian Law, Instructor (2009 to 2012)