Drummond Woodsum Attorneys at Law

Portland, ME        207.772.1941
Portsmouth, NH        603.433.3317
Manchester, NH        603.716.2895
800.727.1941



KAIGHN SMITH, Jr.

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207.253.0559 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

Email

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480


Assistant: Chena Immel




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Environmental & Natural Resources
Indian Law
Indian Nations Labor & Employment
Litigation
Appellate Business & Commercial Litigation

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1986

University of Sussex, M. Phil, with honors, 1983

University of California Berkeley, B.S. , phi beta kappa, 1979


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Penobscot Nation Tribal Court
Passamaquoddy Tribal Court
Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Court
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Court
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Court
Mohegan Tribe Gaming Disputes Court

MEMBERSHIPS

American Law Institute, 2007-present

Maine Bar Foundation, 2005-present

Maine Bar Journal
Editorial Advisory Committee, 1989-2001/ Chief Editor, 1999-2001


Edward T. Ginoux Inns of Court
Senior Attorney, 1999-2001


Maine State Bar Association


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

University of Maine School of Law, American Indian Law
  Adjunct Professor


National Ski Patrol, Sugarloaf Mountain; Stub Taylor, Pat Murphy Award (2008)
  Alpine Patroller (1998-2010)


Portland Public Library Board of Trustees
  Member (2003-2010)


Portland Public Library Executive Director Search Committee
  Chair (2005)




PRACTICE AREAS

Employment & Labor
Environmental & Natural Resources
Indian Law
Indian Nations Labor & Employment
Litigation
Appellate Business & Commercial Litigation

EDUCATION

University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1986

University of Sussex, M. Phil, with honors, 1983

University of California Berkeley, B.S. , phi beta kappa, 1979


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Maine
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Penobscot Nation Tribal Court
Passamaquoddy Tribal Court
Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Court
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Court
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Court
Mohegan Tribe Gaming Disputes Court

MEMBERSHIPS

American Law Institute, 2007-present

Maine Bar Foundation, 2005-present

Maine Bar Journal
Editorial Advisory Committee, 1989-2001/ Chief Editor, 1999-2001


Edward T. Ginoux Inns of Court
Senior Attorney, 1999-2001


Maine State Bar Association


COMMUNITY/PUBLIC SERVICE

University of Maine School of Law, American Indian Law
  Adjunct Professor


National Ski Patrol, Sugarloaf Mountain; Stub Taylor, Pat Murphy Award (2008)
  Alpine Patroller (1998-2010)


Portland Public Library Board of Trustees
  Member (2003-2010)


Portland Public Library Executive Director Search Committee
  Chair (2005)




Kaighn Smith, Jr. leads Drummond Woodsum’s nationwide Indian Law Practice Group. He has represented Indian nations and their enterprises for over 25 years.  A litigator, his cases focus on all aspects of federal Indian law.  He has won cases for Indian nations’ interests in a wide range of areas, including jurisdiction and sovereignty disputes, gaming matters, labor and employment relations, land-in-trust and environmental matters, and fishing and water rights.  He represents clients in the federal, tribal, and state courts and before federal administrative agencies across the country.

In 2011, Kaighn published the leading treatise, Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country, with the Native American Rights Fund.  Since 2012, he has served as associate reporter (with Professors Matthew L.M. Fletcher and Wenona Singel) on the Restatement of American Indian Law for the American Law Institute.  He is listed in Chambers USA and in Best Lawyers in America for the category of Native American Law.

Kaighn clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice Louis Scolnik at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  He serves as Adjunct Professor of American Indian Law at the University of Maine School of Law.


REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Penobscot Nation and United States v. Maine Attorney General, et als, No. 1:12-CV-254-GZS (D. Me.) (pending)

  • Rassi v. Federal Program Integrators, 69 F.Supp.3d 288 (D. Me. 2014)

  • Francis v. Dana-Cummings, 962 A.2d 944 (Me. 2008)

  • Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos v. State of Michigan, 732 N.W.2d 487 (Mich. 2007)

  • TOMAC v. Norton, 433 F.3d 852 (D.C. Cir. 2006)

  • Inyo County, California, et al. v. Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community, 538 U.S. 701 (2003)

  • Penobscot Nation v. Fellencer, 164 F.3d 706 (1st Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 527 U.S. 1022 (1999)

  • Akins v. Penobscot Nation, 130 F.3d 482 (1st Cir. 1997)


  • AWARDS

    • Best Lawyers USA, Native American Law 2008-2018
    • New England Super Lawyers, Native American Law, Employment & Labor 2011-2017
    • Chambers USA, Nationwide, Native American Law
    • Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished
    PUBLICATIONS


    Kaighn Smith, Jr. leads Drummond Woodsum’s nationwide Indian Law Practice Group. He has represented Indian nations and their enterprises for over 25 years.  A litigator, his cases focus on all aspects of federal Indian law.  He has won cases for Indian nations’ interests in a wide range of areas, including jurisdiction and sovereignty disputes, gaming matters, labor and employment relations, land-in-trust and environmental matters, and fishing and water rights.  He represents clients in the federal, tribal, and state courts and before federal administrative agencies across the country.

    In 2011, Kaighn published the leading treatise, Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country, with the Native American Rights Fund.  Since 2012, he has served as associate reporter (with Professors Matthew L.M. Fletcher and Wenona Singel) on the Restatement of American Indian Law for the American Law Institute.  He is listed in Chambers USA and in Best Lawyers in America for the category of Native American Law.

    Kaighn clerked for Judge Frank M. Coffin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice Louis Scolnik at the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  He serves as Adjunct Professor of American Indian Law at the University of Maine School of Law.


    REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS & MATTERS

  • Penobscot Nation and United States v. Maine Attorney General, et als, No. 1:12-CV-254-GZS (D. Me.) (pending)

  • Rassi v. Federal Program Integrators, 69 F.Supp.3d 288 (D. Me. 2014)

  • Francis v. Dana-Cummings, 962 A.2d 944 (Me. 2008)

  • Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos v. State of Michigan, 732 N.W.2d 487 (Mich. 2007)

  • TOMAC v. Norton, 433 F.3d 852 (D.C. Cir. 2006)

  • Inyo County, California, et al. v. Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community, 538 U.S. 701 (2003)

  • Penobscot Nation v. Fellencer, 164 F.3d 706 (1st Cir. 1999), cert. denied, 527 U.S. 1022 (1999)

  • Akins v. Penobscot Nation, 130 F.3d 482 (1st Cir. 1997)


  • AWARDS

    • Best Lawyers USA, Native American Law 2008-2018
    • New England Super Lawyers, Native American Law, Employment & Labor 2011-2017
    • Chambers USA, Nationwide, Native American Law
    • Martindale Hubbell, BV Distinguished
    PUBLICATIONS


    NEWS

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    April 13, 2018

    Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
    November 1, 2017

    Thirty One Drummond Woodsum Attorneys listed as New England Super Lawyers
    December 19, 2016

    EPA Issues Water Quality Regulation to Protect the Penobscot River
    December 9, 2016


    ARTICLES

    Federal Indian Law: Taking Account of the Lessons of History
    October 19, 2017

    Tribal Employee Not Shielded By Sovereign Immunity
    April 26, 2017

    The Multiple Manifestations of Sovereign Immunity
    March 3, 2017

    Supreme Court Declines to Address Whether NLRA Applies to Tribes, Leaving NLRB Free to Strike Down a Tribe's Labor Law
    June 27, 2016

    PRESENTATIONS

    The Tribal Human Resource Professionals (THRP) Certification Summit
    August 21-24, 2017


    The Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
    June 5-8, 2017


    Tribal Nation Employee Liability and Sovereign Immunity
    May 3, 2017


    The Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
    March 27-30, 2017


    NEWS

    Drummond Woodsum Represents Maine Champion Poet Who Canít Compete Nationally Because of His Immigration Status
    April 13, 2018

    Thirty Nine Drummond Woodsum Attorneys Are Ranked in the 2017 New England Super Lawyers List
    November 1, 2017

    Thirty One Drummond Woodsum Attorneys listed as New England Super Lawyers
    December 19, 2016

    EPA Issues Water Quality Regulation to Protect the Penobscot River
    December 9, 2016


    ARTICLES

    Federal Indian Law: Taking Account of the Lessons of History
    October 19, 2017

    Tribal Employee Not Shielded By Sovereign Immunity
    April 26, 2017

    The Multiple Manifestations of Sovereign Immunity
    March 3, 2017

    Supreme Court Declines to Address Whether NLRA Applies to Tribes, Leaving NLRB Free to Strike Down a Tribe's Labor Law
    June 27, 2016


    PRESENTATIONS

    The Tribal Human Resource Professionals (THRP) Certification Summit
    August 21-24, 2017


    The Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
    June 5-8, 2017


    Tribal Nation Employee Liability and Sovereign Immunity
    May 3, 2017


    The Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Certification Summit
    March 27-30, 2017






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