Lael Echo-Hawk is of Counsel with Hobbs, Straus, Dean and Walker, LLP. Raised in the Interior of Alaska, Lael Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and adopted granddaughter to Katie John of the Upper Ahtna Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. Lael has served as tribal reservation attorney, legislative director for the Native American Contractors Association and as Counselor to the Chairwoman of the National Indian Gaming Commission. Now in private practice, Lael represents tribes and tribal organizations on many issues including gaming, economic development, and assists tribes with developing governmental infrastructure. She provides advice and strategic policy analysis on national tribal legislative and regulatory proposals having tribal implications and represents tribes before administrative agencies. Lael is a Past-President of both the National Native American Bar Association and the Northwest Indian Bar Association. She is 2013 recipient of NCAIED “40 Under 40” and is currently based in Washington, D.C.
Lael earned her J.D., from University of Washington School of Law in 2003 and B.A. from University of Washington in 2000.