Distinguished Native American Regulation Crew Joins Jenner & Block

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WASHINGTON, July 16, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that a team of six leading Native American lawyers and two government relations specialists have joined the firm to significantly expand Native American Law Practice offerings for clients and functions for Add government relations. The team of eight is based in Washington, D.C. and includes a former U.S. Ambassador, a White House tribal association for the President Barack Obamaand a former deputy secretary for Indian affairs from the Home Office.

The team also has extensive and significant experience in international litigation. This complements the company's existing experience in national security disputes and advice, as well as in negotiations with foreign governments and in navigating through the United Nations and other multilateral institutions.

ambassador Keith M. Harper, Charles W. Galbraith and Robert C. Harmala Join as a partner, with Ambassador Harper as Chairman of the Native American Law Firm and Mr. Galbraith as Co-Chairman. Mr. Harmala is Chairman of the Government Relations Practice. Lawrence S. Roberts joins as special advisor, Krystalyn Kinsel and Julian P. SpearChief-Morris join as employees, Craig Williams joins as senior government relations specialist and Joshua Bertalotto joins as a junior specialist in government relations. The partners started with the company on July 13thThe rest of the team starts later this month. The group includes tribesmen of the Cherokee Nation, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Oneida nation from Wisconsin, Tunica-Biloxi strain of Louisiana, Blood Tribe (Kainai Nation) of the Blackfoot Confederacy and two citizens of the Navajo Nation.

The team has extensive experience in Native American law, litigation and government relations. Chambers United States has ranked team members at national level since 2011, as well as US News-Best Lawyers in Indian law. Combined with Jenner & Block's existing representation of Indian tribes, including the groundbreaking victory of the US Supreme Court that granted the rights to the McGirt v. Oklahoma Last week and another on behalf of the Yakama Nation in 2019, expanded practice offers clients a full range of strategic, legal, and government relationships.

"Our Native American law firm has already made a name for itself by working on complex, high-profile cases. Adding these established practitioners builds on our reputation and allows us to expand our offerings to clients immediately," he said Thomas J. Perrelli, Chairman of Jenner & Block. "Your work also fits many of our other practices, particularly the expansion of the company's international and energy practices. They also fit together culturally well and share the company's values ​​and our commitment to racial and social justice."

Ambassador Harper, the first Native American to be appointed US Ambassador, represented the plaintiff class of 500,000 individual Native Americans and acted as class advisor in the groundbreaking lawsuit against Indian trust funds, Cobell against Salazar. In the end, the case was settled $ 3.4 billion, which represents the largest settlement of a lawsuit against The United States in the history.

The team's lawyers are able to provide general legal advice to tribes who face the same problems as governments and businesses. Her service areas include litigation, investigations and governmental affairs, which include sovereign immunity, water rights, taxes, fearful areas protection, contracts, reserve status, tribal government, gambling, energy, lending, land use and management, energy development and work, and employment, among others .

Lawyers in Jenner & Block's Indian law firm have represented tribes in high-level matters at all levels of litigation. Last week a permanent team led by Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Chair Ian Heath Gershengorn received a critical win for Indian Country at the US Supreme Court in McGirt v. Oklahoma the federal government adheres to its contractual obligations by recognizing that almost half of Oklahoma remains an Indian reservation, as promised in contracts with the Creek Nation nearly 200 years ago. In 2019, partner Adam G. Unikowsky won another important case on Supreme Court rights on behalf of the Yakama Nation Washington Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc., which exercised the tribe's rights under the Yakama Treaty of 1855.

"Jenner & Block's pioneering Supreme Court, which wins the rights to the Master Agreement, has been an inspiration across the Indian country. These achievements, combined with the team's excellent record, history of government service and genuine commitment to social justice, show why the combination of our practices bring our tribal and other customers exceptional value, "said Galbraith.

The company has also had several major victories for the Cayuga Nation, including in March when a new York The federal judge confirmed his sovereign right to play under Indian gambling law after a village tried to enforce an anti-gaming regulation against the tribe. partner David W. DeBruin led this effort.

"We have built our team from the ground up to become one of the leading Native American law firms because we are very aware of the specific legal needs of tribal governments, businesses and individuals, and the specialized services they require. We are all excited to Join a law firm with lawyers and professionals who complement and expand the services we offer our clients, "said Ambassador Harper. "We are also looking forward to being part of Jenner & Block's recognized culture of excellence, diversity and inclusion and deep commitment to volunteer and public service."

Ambassador Harper joins the recently hired ambassador David Pressman. During their respective terms in the United Nations Human Rights Council and the United Nations Security Council, Ambassadors Harper and Pressman conducted high-level international negotiations on human rights and international peace and security issues for The United States Government. The addition of Mr. Harmala, who has experience in international relations, and ambassador Lee S. Wolosky, who joined in February, also marks a significant expansion in the company's cross-border capabilities. This includes litigation on national security issues and the handling of these matters on behalf of fixed clients in front of the U.S. government, direct negotiations with foreign governments, navigation in multilateral institutions, and representing client interests around the world.

The addition of the team also marks the 11th lateral hiring of the firm this year, including the energy lawyer Jennifer S. Amerkhail, Litigator Douglass A. Mitchell, Lawyer for government contracts David B. Robbins, Litigator Dawn L. Smalls, Business lawyer Andrew Weissmannand communications attorney Zeb Zankelas well as the Ambassadors Pressman and Wolosky.

About the team


ambassador Keith HarperThe citizen of the Cherokee Nation focuses its activities on Native American matters, litigation and matters with an international component from the private and public sectors. From 2014 to 2017, he was U.S. Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. During his legal career, Ambassador Harper represented tribes and individual Indians. Due to his experience in external relations, he also represents clients in international legal disputes and other cross-border matters. He earned his JD from New York University School of Law and a BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Charles Galbraith is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and focuses on litigation and Native American matters. He served in the Obama White House as deputy director for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement. In this role, Mr. Galbraith analyzed, formulated, and coordinated the political and political strategy for President Obama, cabinet members, and executive agencies in all matters that affect tribal governments and Native Americans. Mr. Galbraith acquired a JD from University of Arizona Sandra Day O & # 39; Connor College of Law and BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Rob Harmala focuses on governmental relationships at federal, state, and local levels in his practice. Mr. Harmala's experience in legislation and law spans a variety of topics, including Native American matters, intellectual property, international relations, funds, taxes, European Union laws, transport, telecommunications, and media and advertising. In addition to his federal representation, Mr. Harmala offers customers before California Legislators as well as other political entities in California. He earned his JD from the University of Southern California and his AB from the University of California, Berkeley.


Lawrence Roberts, a citizen of the Oneida tribe in Wisconsin, relies on more than 20 years of experience in federal service and Native American law to help tribes achieve long-term solutions through courts, congress, or the administrative process. Mr. Roberts has held various roles within the Home Office, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Indian Affairs, General Counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission, and began his career as a litigator at the U.S. Department of Justice. He acquired a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Robert's first day at the company July 23.


Krystalyn Kinsel is a Navajo Nation citizen who focuses her practice on litigation and Native American matters. Prior to that, she was a litigator in the Natural Resources Department's Honors General Honors Program, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Department of the United States Department of Justice. She earned her JD from University of Arizona Sandra Day O & # 39; Connor College of Law and her BA in Political Science and Government from the University of Arizona. Woman. Kinsel's first day at the company is 20th of July.

Julian SpearChief-Morris is a citizen of the Blood Tribe (Kainai Nation) of the Blackfoot Confederacy and his practice focuses on Native American matters, litigation and international issues in both the private and public sectors. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School and a BA with distinction in city and regional studies from the University of Lethbridge in the Alberta, Canada. Mr. SpearChief-Morris & # 39; first day at the company 20th of July.


Craig Williams, a senior government relations specialist, is a lawyer and member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, advising clients on public policy issues with a focus on Native American matters. Previously, he was a Diversity Director on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). He earned his JD with a certificate in Federal Indian Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law, MA in Political Science from Jackson State University and a BS from Auburn University. Mr. Williams & # 39; first day at the company 20th of July.

Joshua Bertalotto, a junior government relations specialist, is a citizen of the Tunica Biloxi tribe of Louisiana and has experience in politics, communication and advocacy in public, private and non-profit institutions. Previously, he was a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a BA in Sociology and Social Policy from The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Bertalotto's first day at the company is 20th of July.

Jenner & Block has extensive experience in a wide range of issues related to Indian law, before federal courts and in proceedings before the Home Office (offices of the lawyer and deputy secretary for Indian affairs), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (both) national and regional offices ) and the National Indian Gaming Commission. In the last two terms of the Supreme Court, we in McGirt v. Oklahoma, Carpenter v. Murphy and Washington Licensing Department Against Cougar Den, Inc. We have resolved gambling related disputes under the Indian Gambling Regulations Act, including federal litigation, and represented clients in relation to internal governance disputes (before the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, BIA as well as federal and state courts); state tax and foreclosure measures (including state taxation on the sale of cigarettes and other products, and the application of state and local tax and zone laws to untrustworthy Indian-owned land); Indian land-in-trust problems; and a wide range of other Indian law matters.

The United States & # 39; A complex network of state policymakers and regulators can be a challenging landscape for businesses across the country that has a significant impact on private and public companies. By working with lawmakers to develop new laws – at federal, state, and local levels – companies can participate in important conversations and achieve their strategic goals. Jenner & Block's government relations team builds on the company's many years of experience in government services and leverages our legislative, regulatory and policy-making experience to help clients provide legislators with clear, constructive perspectives on the potential impact of new ones To offer laws while balancing government and business interests. Jenner & Block government relations group members – including registered lobbyists – have the relationships to help companies work productively with lawmakers at all levels of government.

Jenner & Block LLP is a global law firm with offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The law firm is known for its outstanding and successful process practice and experience in dealing with demanding and top-class corporate transactions. Corporate clients include Fortune 100 companies, large private companies, financial services institutions, emerging companies, Indian tribes, and venture capital and private equity investors. In 2020, the American lawyer recognized the firm for the fourth time in a row as the No. 1 pro bono law firm in the EU United StatesThe company has received this recognition for the tenth time in 13 years. In 2020, the publication also recognized the company as number 3 in the international pro bono company and named it 2018 as its first "pro bono champion".

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