Lauren handles complex litigation matters for a variety of clients around the country. She also advises companies and Native American tribes on technology transactions and operations, governance, and regulatory advice.
Lauren’s Native American law practice includes litigating commercial and other disputes involving tribes, defending treaty hunting and fishing rights, advising tribes on business transactions, waivers of sovereign immunity, and interlocal agreements. Lauren co-chaired a five-and-a-half week Native American treaty fishing rights case on behalf of the Quileute in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington and successfully defended the trial victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and against a petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.
- American Bar Association, Member
- Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, Member, 2009-present
- King County Bar Association, Member, 2010-present
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Member
- Northwest Indian Bar Association, Member, 2008-present
- Board Member, 2011-2016
- Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association
- Board Member
- Former Liaison to the National American Indian Court Judges Association
- Seattle Indian Health Board, Board Member, 2017-present
- Washington State Bar Association, Member, 2008-present
- Indian Law Section, Chair, 2015-2016
Representative Work: Notable Victories
- Skytec v. Logistic Systems. Successfully assisted in obtaining dismissal of case in 2018 based on discovery abuses by plaintiff in multimillion dollar commercial contract dispute in district of Puerto Rico.
- United States v. Washington, Subproceeding 09-1. Successfully represented the Quileute Tribe in a six-year-long treaty fishing rights case in federal court. In that case, the Makah Tribe and the State of Washington challenged Quileute’s treaty fishing rights, seeking to reduce their fishing area from 40 miles offshore to 5-10 miles offshore. Quileute prevailed after a 23-day trial involving nine expert witnesses and 472 admitted exhibits relating to where Quileute fished in the Pacific Ocean in 1855, which establishes their treaty fishing rights. (2015)
- Defeated three tribes’ claims of treaty hunting rights in Quileute’s territory. (2015)
- Skokomish Indian Tribe v. Goldmark. Dismissal of case where Skokomish Tribe claimed treaty hunting rights in Quileute’s territory. (2013)
Representative Work: Native American
- Review of construction and related agreements for Quileute Tribe’s reservation move to higher ground.
- Represent Muscogee (Creek) Nation in litigation and related matters regarding protection of culturally and religiously significant tribal sites.
- Advised Quileute Tribal Council on governance matters, including hunting and fishing regulations, indemnification agreements, ongoing negotiations in disputes with other entities and strategic litigation decisions.
- Negotiated on behalf of the Quileute Tribe with federal, state and tribal entities, including the Department of Justice, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and numerous northwest tribes.
- Represented various tribes in issues relating to sovereign immunity, including Ex Parte Young suits.
- Northwest Intertribal Court System – Drafted Indexing Services Agreement for publishing and indexing tribal court opinions online.
- Hoh Tribe – Represented the Hoh Tribe in a 20-year halibut dispute regarding the appropriate allocation and management of halibut among 13 treat halibut tribes.
- North American Indian Legal Services – Assisted in writing grant proposal for a study examining the conditions of confinement in Indian Country detention facilities.
- Advised clients on government-tribal relations and legal obligations, including application of federal laws such as ERISA to tribal operations; taxation of services provided on tribal lands, including fire services and stormwater runoff services; tribal jurisdiction and sovereign immunity.
- Represented various tribal clients in the drafting and negotiation of relevant portions of lease agreements, licensing agreements and other related business agreements.
News & Insights
News & Insights
- "Diminished boundaries, treaty rights, and effect of statehood," Oregon State Bar, Indian Section CLE: Emerging Land Issues in Indian Country, October 2019
- "Tribal Treaty Rights and Hydropower," Hydropower Relicensing, The Seminar Group, October 2019
- "Intersection of Municipal Law and Indian Law," 62nd Annual WSAMA Fall Conference, October 2019
- "Millennials and the Judiciary Who You Think They Are, Who They Really Are, and Why We Should Care,” Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, July 2019
- "Treaties," The Sovereignty Symposium XXXII, June 2019
- "44th Annual Indian Law Conference," April 2019
- "Software as Service Contracts," 2019 WSAMA Spring Conference, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, April 2019
- "Recent Cases Affecting Indian Tribes," 24th Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference & Trade Show, January 2019
- "Recent Decisions: Tribal Water & Treaty Rights in the U.S. Supreme Court," Sixth Annual Advanced Conference on Tribal Water in California, January 2019
- "Legal Roundtable," Rainier Club Legal Roundtable, November 2018
- "2018 AWRA Washington Annual State Conference," American Water Resources Association Washington Section, October 2018
- "Developing Litigation Claims," 7th Annual Tribal Water Law Conference, Nationwide Perspectives on the Critical Demand for Water, CLE International, October 2018
- "Tribal Issues: Fishing Rights, Culverts and More," On the Edge of the World - Navigating Environmental and Legal Challenges on the Washington Coast, Seattle University School of Law, September 2018
- "Defined Terms of Federal Indian Law," 60th Annual Judicial Conference, September 2018
- "Land, Wind and Water," The Sovereignty Symposium XXXI, June 2018
- "43rd Annual Indian Law Conference," May 2018
- "Hickory Ground: Alabama Homelands, Litigation and Cultural Preservation," Doing Business in Indian Country CLE, April 2017
- "Seattle University School of Law," April 2017
- "National Indian Gaming Litigation Update," Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2016
- "United State v. Washington," Continuing Learning and Education Seminar, December 2016
- "Economic Development and Judiciary Panels," Sovereignty Symposium, June 2016
- "University of Washington School of Law," Indian Law Seminar, March 2016
- "Special Presentation: Suing and Defending Tribal Governments," Suing and Defending Government, The Seminar Group, May 2014
- "Tales from the Cryptocurrency," Northwest Summit for Financial Professionals, May 2014
- "New Developments in Online Gaming, Tribal Payday Lending Operations, and New Guidance on Tribal Economic Development Bonds," Tribal Sovereignty, Strategic Planning and Economic Development, November 2013
- "Virtual Currency," Washington Interactive Network, August 2013
- "Gaming Panel," ZINO Entertainment & Lifestyle Investment Forum, April 2013
- "Protecting Native American Artists Through Intellectual Property and Non-Profit Law in Washington," Speaker, Washington State Bar Association Indian Law CLE, May 2013
- "Protecting Native Intellectual Property," Tribal Economic Development, Foster Pepper PLLC, February 2013
- "Millennials and the Judiciary: Working with the Newest Generation of Judicial Clerks and Attorneys," Federal Magistrate Judges Association Bulletin, September 2019
- "Quarterly Northwest Legal Update," Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section Newsletter, 2013-2014
- "Indian-Law," Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, 2009
- Washington, 2008
- Oklahoma, 2016
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2009
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2010
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2018
- Muscogee Creek Nation, 2015
- J.D., University of Virginia Law School, 2008
- Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
- Editor in Chief, 2007-2008
- Articles Editor and Executive Editor, 2006-2007
- Preston Gates & Ellis National Minority Fellowship, 2006
- Bracewell & Giuliani Best Oralist, First-year Moot Court, 2006
- Native American Law Students Association, Vice President, 2007-2008
- Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
- B.A., University of Washington (with distinction), 2004
Honors & Recognition
- The Best Lawyers in America© Native American Law, 2018-2020
- Native American 40 Under 40, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, 2018
- Rising Star, Native American Law, Law360, 2016
- Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers, 2013-2019
- Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute, Fellow, 2012
- Spanish, fluent