Rob Roy Smith

Adjunct Professor


Professor Smith is a Partner with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Seattle, where he practices federal Indian law. He provides legal and strategic advice to Indian tribes, Alaska Native organizations, tribal businesses, and tribal organizations throughout the country. Rob's practice emphasizes natural and cultural resource protection, taxation, economic development, and gaming. He has recently been involved in the drafting of tribal tax and corporation codes, gaming revenue allocation plans, and in the development of economic enterprises centered on tax based economic development initiatives. He is active in fishery and cultural resource protection litigation. He is a frequent author and lecturer on various aspects of Indian law.

Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Rob was a partner at Ater Wynne LLP in Seattle and a Senior Associate with the Seattle law firm of Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & McGaw where he practiced federal Indian law exclusively. Before moving to Seattle, Rob served as the Staff Attorney and Policy Analyst for the Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel where he practiced in the areas of natural resources, gaming, cultural resources, taxation, and intergovernmental affairs. Rob worked on numerous legislative matters including a state-wide ballot measure campaign to secure Indian gaming for Indian tribes in Idaho, as well as efforts to remove offensive terms from geographic placenames and to secure the ability of tribal elders to teach Native languages in state public schools.

Rob is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He is a member of the Indian Law Section in all three State Bar Associations. He is the cofounder and former chair of the Idaho State Bar Indian Law Section.


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  • B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, College of the Holy Cross, 1997
  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 2000


  • Federal Indian Law