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David C. Smith

Adjunct Professor of Law


David Coventry Smith is one of the foremost litigators in matters concerning Native American rights. He serves as Class Counsel in the representation of approximately 500,000 Native Americans in Cobell v. Jewell, a class action against the United States arising out of the mismanagement of the individual Indian Trust, which resulted in the largest class action settlement against the federal government. He also served as lead counsel in the case of Alabama v. PCI Gaming Authoritywhich successfully defended the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from efforts by the state to subject tribal lands to state authority. He speaks and writes frequently on federal Indian policy and has taught at Notre Dame University School of Law and Washington & Lee School of Law. He practices in the Washington, D.C. office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and lives in Easton, Maryland, with his wife Jana, a successful lawyer and musician.