Connor Smith is an associate attorney in Stoel Rives’ Litigation group. Connor helps clients navigate all phases of the litigation process in state and federal court and before administrative agencies.

A fourth-generation Alaskan, Connor worked in the commercial fishing industry—first as a deckhand and then as a vessel owner and captain—before becoming an attorney. Connor utilizes this experience to assist participants in the commercial fishing industry in navigating a wide variety of matters, including Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act litigation, vessel and permit transactions, tax and regulatory issues, and others.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Connor served as a law clerk for the Honorable Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Morgan Christen of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 2018, summa cum laude; graduated number 1 in class; Executive Editor, American Indian Law Journal; Dean’s List

California Polytechnic State University, B.A., Political Science, 2013; Dean’s List



United States District Court for the District of Alaska

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



  • Listed in the Alaska Business Legal Elite, 2023
  • Stoel Rives LLP Andrew Guy Pro Bono Award, Recipient, 2021–2022
  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation Volunteer of the Month
  • National Jurist Top 20 Law Students in the Nation for 2018
  • CALI Awards for Legal Writing, Business Entities, Alaska Trial Advocacy, Civil Procedure, Judicial Externship, and Criminal Law.
  • Mary Ellen Krug Award for distinction in Labor and Employment Law
  • Law School Faculty Trust Award
  • Fredric C. Tausend Award for Academic Excellence



  • Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Service Committee, Member


  • Anchorage Youth Court, Member (Co-Secretary, 2022; Co-Chair, 2023), Board of Directors, 2021–present
  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation, Pro Bono Attorney
  • Alaska Immigration Justice Project, Pro Bono Attorney
  • Federal Pro Bono Project, Pro Bono Attorney
  • Alaska Small Business Legal Clinic, Volunteer Attorney
  • ALSC Landlord Tenant Hotline, Volunteer Attorney
  • Highschool Mock Trial, Volunteer Coach
  • Supreme Court LIVE Education program

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