David J. Stephenson, Jr.

Lawyer (and sole proprietor), Rocky Mountain Thunder Law Firm

Dr. Stephenson is both a lawyer (J.D., U. of Denver College of Law 1984) and an applied sociocultural anthropologist (Ph.D., U. of Colorado 1982; M.A. 1975).  He received his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College (A.B. 1972).  He was a co-founder and Chair of the Rocky Mountain Human Rights Law Group.  During the Winter term, 2002, and again in 2005, he was an Honorarium Professor of International Law in the Department of Political Science, University of Colorado at Denver.

Dr. Stephenson regularly speaks to and contributes to publications for diverse audiences throughout the world regarding emerging legal and ethical issues arising from the intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples.  He has over 30 years of diverse public and private sector experience in cross-cultural socioeconomic analysis and consulting and has been licensed to practice law in Colorado state and federal courts, the Federal Court of Claims, and several tribal courts and has testified internationally as an expert on international human rights and intellectual property law. He is based in Colorado, USA.