Skip to main content


Not yet reviewed

About me

Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Native Peoples Law: 100%
    1 year

Attorney endorsements

No endorsements

Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney. Be the first to endorse your colleague!

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

Contact info

Nordhaus Law Firm, LLP

421 W Riverside Ave Ste 1004
Spokane, WA, 99201-0410


NMAuthorized to practice law199705/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
First Prize, American Indian Law Writing CompetitionAmerican Indian Law Review1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNordhaus Law Firm, LLP1997 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of New Mexico School of Law2004 - 2013
Staff AttorneyU.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Law InstituteElected Member2012 - Present
American Law InstituteAdvisor, Restatement of American Indian Law2012 - Present
Spokane County Bar Association, Indian Law SectionChairperson2015 - 2016
California Indian Law Association (CILA)Vice President2010 - 2011
California Indian Law Association (CILA)President2009 - 2010
California Indian Law Association (CILA)Vice President2006 - 2007
California Indian Law Association (CILA)Board Member2005 - 2011
Federal Bar Association, Indian Law SectionConference Co-Chair1998 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Armijo v. Pueblo of Lagunawin
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
The Federal LawyerUnited States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation: The Executive Branch's Latest Effort to Repudiate Federal Trust Duties to Indians2011
American Indian Law ReviewThe Flathead Water Quality Standards Dispute: Legal Bases for Tribal Regulatory Authority Over Non-Indian Reservation Lands1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
U.S. Green Building CouncilBD+CLEED AP2012
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Rice UniversityMechanical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1992
Rice UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spokane County Bar Association, Indian Law SectionRestatement of American Indian Law2015
Tribal Water LawFederal Trust Duties2014
Tribal Employment Rights and LawNLRA in Indian Country2014
Spokane County Bar Association, Indian Law SectionLitigation Update2014
Biomass Renewable Energy OpportunitiesTribal Forestry Carbon Sequestration2014
Tribal Water LawFederal-Tribal Trust Duties2013
Eleventh Annual Indian Law ConferenceEthics Issues in United States v. Jicarilla Apache Nation2011
36th Annual FBA Indian Law ConferenceTrust Land and Law Issues2011
University of California at HastingsProspects for Red and green Justice and Development2010
Tribal Guide to Employment and Labor LawApplication of Federal Laws to Tribal Businesses2009
Pueblo Tribal Water Quality and Environmental Health TrainingTribal Water Quality Standards2008
USET Semi-Annual MeetingTribal Courts, Law Enforcement, & Trust Acquisitions2006
12th Annual Tribal-EPA ConferenceDeveloping Tribal Environmental Laws2004
Natural Resources & Environmental Law on the ReservationU.S. Supreme Court Indian Trust Decisions2003
28th Annual FBA Indian Law ConferenceTribal Trust Resource Mismanagement Claims2003
Second Annual California Indian Law ConferenceFederal Acquisition of Land in Trust for Indians2002
Natural Resources and Environmental Law on the ReservationTribal Trust Resource Mismanagement Claims2002
Natural Resources and Environmental Law on the ReservationIndian Tribes and FOIA2001
EPA Regional IX Trust Responsibility WorkshopJudicial Enforcement of Federal Trust Responsibility for Environmental Matters2000
California Environmental Law ConferenceTribal-State Environmental Cooperative Agreements2000
California Environmental Law ConferenceTribal-State Environmental Jurisdiction Disputes1999
Ninth Annual ABA Conference on Environment and Development in Indian CountryFederal Indian Law and Environmental Justice1997