Donald "Del" Laverdure
Donald “Del” Laverdure is a strategic advisor to Akin Gump and a senior advisor and counselor to Crow Nation Chairman Darrin Old Coyote. Mr. Laverdure advises Indian tribes on natural resources and tax matters, as well as on federal and tribal legislative matters.
Mr. Laverdure was appointed in 2009 by President Obama to serve at the Department of the Interior, and he served almost all of Mr. Obama’s first term as acting assistant secretary, principal deputy assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs in Washington, D.C.
Before his federal service, Mr. Laverdure was chief legal counsel for the executive branch of the Crow Tribe and worked on a wide variety of issues for the tribe, including federal water legislation, federal and local (state and tribal) tax issues, substantial energy projects and submission of tribal and state legislation. Mr. Laverdure has held numerous judgeships, was an assistant professor of law and worked in private practice, where he was involved in structural tax planning and tax litigation for large and small corporations, nonprofit organizations and many tribal nations.
In the fall of 2000, Mr. Laverdure was selected for, and participated in, President Clinton’s White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities. Mr. Laverdure has written, testified (in U.S. and Canadian legislative bodies) and spoken extensively on a variety of Indian law topics. He co-created and taught courses for the first four Crow Tribal Bar Exams.
Mr. Laverdure earned a J.D. in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was also a William H. Hastie Fellow (LL.M candidate in Indian tax). He earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1995 from the University of Arizona
Mr. Laverdure is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Montana (Ties the Bundle Clan) with ancestry from the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. (Source: Akin Gump)