Charles W. Galbraith

Charles Galbraith is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and he focuses his practice on litigation and Native American Affairs.

He is Counsel at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. Prior to joining the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Mr. Galbraith served as the White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in Washington, D.C. where he managed the relationship of the White House with 566 Tribal Governments and Native American people. Mr. Galbraith also analyzed and formulated political and policy recommendations for The President, Executive Branch Agencies, and Senior White House Officials on matters affecting tribal governments and Native American people including budgets, legislation, executive orders, appointments, Tribal law enforcement, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Federal Emergency disaster declarations, sacred sites and historic preservation, and economic development. He planned and led the annual White House Tribal Nations conferences which included The President, 566 invited Tribal leaders, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress and dozens of senior government officials.

Mr. Galbraith previously served as a Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel in the White House where he conducted interviews, background investigations and political vetting of individuals under consideration for presidential appointments. His work included making recommendations to Senior White House staff and preparing for the Senate confirmation process.

Before working for the White House, Mr. Galbraith served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, where he successfully investigated and prosecuted a wide array of federal offenses in the areas of white collar crime, immigration, narcotics, firearms and mail, wire and bank fraud. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Galbraith had multiple jury trials, numerous hearings in federal court and also briefed appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Galbraith was the legislative assistant for Judiciary and Indian Affairs to United States Senator Tim Johnson in his Washington, D.C. Senate Office. He also worked for then-Senator Barack Obama during his first campaign for President by organizing the Native American Domestic Policy Committee, which comprised a nationwide group of tribal leaders and activists.

Mr. Galbraith is a recipient of the Native American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Government Service in 2012 and was recognized as one of “40 Native Americans Under 40” by American Indian Enterprise Development in 2011. At the Department of Justice, he was recognized by the FBI, Department of Education and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency for excellence in criminal prosecutions.

Mr. Galbraith earned his J.D., from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with a Certificate in Indian Law in 2006.

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