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Lauren handles complex litigation matters for a variety of clients around the country. She also advises companies and Native American tribes on governance and regulatory matters.

Lauren has a national litigation practice involving Native American treaty rights cases, construction disputes, intellectual property matters, commercial disputes, and matters involving protection of sacred sites. Lauren has extensive experience advising clients on matters implicating sovereign immunity and jurisdictional authority. Her litigation experience includes:

    • chairing the longest treaty rights trial ever in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and successfully defending the trial victory in the Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court
    • obtaining emergency injunctive relief protecting commercial fishers' interests in the Pacific Ocean commercial halibut fishery
    • obtaining a default judgment for millions of dollars on behalf of a client in a commercial contract dispute involving emergency and law enforcement dispatch systems where the opposing party engaged in prolonged discovery abuses
    • successfully resolving construction disputes on behalf of owners in matters involving contractor allegations of design defects
    • negotiation and litigation regarding multiparty fishery management plans

Lauren also advises clients on technology licensing and intellectual property-related disputes. 

Lauren is consistently recognized by her peers in industry publications such as The Best Lawyers in America© for her work in litigation matters and Native American law.

Lauren dedicates a significant amount of her time to public service. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the Washington State Gambling Commission and as a member of the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission. Lauren is also on the board of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association. She has previously served as Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section Board, and as an adjunct professor of Federal Indian Law at Seattle University School of Law.

Professional Activities

  • National Native American Bar Association, 2021-present

  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington, Member, 2009-2012, 2021-present
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2017-present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2016-present
    • Indian Law Section Conference Chair, 2018-present
  • Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association, 2015-present
    • Secretary, 2018-present
    • Board Member, 2016-2018
    • National American Indian Court Judges Association Representative, 2015-2016
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation Bar Association, Member, 2015-present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2011-present 
  • Northwest Indian Bar Association, Member, 2008-present  
    • Board Member, 2011-2016
  • King County Bar Association, Member, 2009-present
  • Seattle Indian Health Board, Board Member, 2017-2019
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 2008-present
    • Immediate Past Chair of the Indian Law Section, 2016-2017
    • Chair of the Indian Law Section, 2015-2016
    • Chair-Elect of the Indian Law Section, 2014-2015
  • Washington State Gambling Commission, Commissioner, Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee, 2020-present

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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

Admissions

  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians, 2020
  • Oklahoma State, 2016
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation, 2015
  • Washington State, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2020
  • United States Supreme Court, 2018
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2009

Education

  • 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
  • B.A., University of Washington (with distinction), 2004

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Native American Law, 2018-present
  • Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers, 2013-2021
  • Native American 40 Under 40, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, 2018
  • Law360, “Top Attorneys Under 40” in Native American Law, 2016
  • Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute, Fellow, 2012

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent
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