Seattle, WA, April 8, 2013 – Garvey Schubert Barer is proud to announce the addition of Lael Echo-Hawk to their Seattle office. Lael brings extensive knowledge and experience in Indian Law and policy.
Lael’s experience includes serving as Counselor to the Chair of the National Indian Gaming Commission and the legislative director for the Native American Contractors Association. In addition, she served as in-house counsel to a tribal board of directors and subsidiary organizations with revenues in excess of $200 million.
Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer, Lael was with Crowell Law Offices in Seattle, Washington, representing tribes located across the country in federal, state and tribal litigation. She also represents tribes before federal agencies and members of Congress on issues related to gaming, self-governance, health services, government contracts and sovereign immunity.
Lael is active in community service with an emphasis on civil rights, diversity training and enhancing achievement opportunities for persons of color. She was recognized as a “Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference” by Women of Color Empowered in 2007 and named one of “40 to Watch” by the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity in 2009.
“Lael is a great addition to our firm. Her experience will provide greater depth to our longstanding Indian Law practice and expand our capacity to serve clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and the U.S.,” said Anne Preston, chair of Garvey Schubert Barer. ”We remain thrilled by the number of high quality attorneys that choose to practice at our firm.”
Lael earned her B.A. in History & American Indian Studies from the University of Washington (1999) and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law (2003).