R. Daniel Carter practices in both litigation and transactional matters, with a particular focus on Native American, property, and natural resource law. Daniel has helped clients in tribal trust litigation, tribal code drafting, business contracts, environmental disputes, and energy development. Daniel brings to the firm unique experience in working on federal legislation and policies, especially those related to tribal matters.

Prior to joining Conner & Winters, Daniel worked as Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. As Counsel for the Committee, Daniel briefed senators on tribal issues, advised senators on legislation, drafted and negotiated bills, consulted Indian tribes and tribal leaders, and prepared committee oversight, nomination, and legislative hearings.  Daniel’s primary expertise at the committee included energy, water, property, tax, environment, infrastructure, and economic development.

Daniel received his legal training at UCLA School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. While in law school, Daniel focused on Native American law and served as treasurer to the Native American Law Student Association. Among taking multiple Indian law courses, Daniel worked in the Tribal Legal Development Clinic where he helped Indian tribes develop and enact tribal codes, several of which are in use today.  Daniel also qualified three times for the National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition, where he received high marks on his briefs and oral advocacy.

In addition to experience in Native American Law, Daniel has experience in entertainment law. While in law school, Daniel worked as a legal intern to the general counsels of the NFL Network and the Global Entertainment Corporation. He also served as President of the Sports Law Federation.

Before attending law school, Daniel worked in politics. He served as a campaign manager and as an intern for both the Senate and the House chambers.

Outside of work, Daniel is an active leader in the community. While in law school, Daniel volunteered at the Constitutional Rights Foundation where he created materials for underprivileged schools to use for teaching students about historical Supreme Court decisions. He also served as a pro bono legal advisor at the Homeless Prevention Clinic. In college, Daniel was the supervisor for the Elementary Reading Buddies program and served as Pro Consul for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Daniel grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the heart of the Osage Indian Reservation, and is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Honors & Leadership

Community & Professional

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Native American Bar Association

Tulsa County Bar Association



UCLA School of Law, J.D.

Oklahoma State University, B.S., summa cum laude, Business Administration, Economics and Legal Studies


  • Oklahoma – 2011
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