A member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, she has worked as a tribal attorney for over 10 year. Her practice includes working as in-house counsel to the Tulalip Tribes of Washington, serving as Counselor to the Chair of the National Indian Gaming Association and the legislative director for the Native American Contractors Association. She has extensive experience working directly with tribal leadership and tribal administrative staff and regularly advises tribal service programs including tribal healthcare and Indian Child welfare departments.
Lael developed processes for consulting with tribes while reviewing and updating national regulatory structure. She successfully led a team of judges and attorneys to revise legislation governing an award-winning tribal court system. She has provided advice and strategic policy analysis on national legislative and regulatory proposals to a national economic development policy organization and streamlined the contract and regulation compliance process at a gaming organization by developing systems and procedures to ensure efficiency.
Lael is active in community service, with an emphasis on civil rights, diversity training and enhancing achievement opportunities for persons of color. She is an instructor in continuing legal education classes at local higher education institutions. She is a published author of numerous papers and presentations on complex legal issues, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star: Young Women Who Make a Difference” in their profession.