Former Democratic officials open law firm in D.C.

Practice to focus on Federal Indian Law

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Michael J. Anderson and Loretta A. Tuell announced the formation of AndersonTuell, LLP, which began operations on Feb 1. The firm focuses on Federal Indian law and represents American Indian Tribal Government clients' regulatory, legislative and litigation interests before the Congress, federal agencies and courts.

AndersonTuell, LLP is a 100 percent Indian-owned law firm and one of the first law firms in the nation's capital with a Native American woman as a founding partner. The firm begins operations with a nationwide client base served by five attorneys and two staff members.

Areas of practice include general counseling to tribal governments, environmental law, housing, healthcare, federal recognition, trust land acquisitions, tax law, tribal codes and Indian gaming law.

Prior to forming AndersonTuell, LLP, the founders were partners at Monteau and Peebles. According to Anderson, "Since we began working together over a decade ago, Loretta and I both had a goal of creating a highly specialized law practice that would work hand-in-hand with in-house tribal counsel to advance the ability of tribal governments to operate effectively, efficiently, and independently."

"I appreciate their tremendous expertise in regulatory, legislative, and legal affairs," said vice-chair Rosemary Morillo, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians of California. "Tribes understand how important it is to have Washington D.C. representation that not only understands federal issues but also understands tribal concerns and tribal opportunities."

Anderson served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Interior from 1995-2001 and Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the Department from 1993-1995. He has also worked for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as in private practice in Colorado and Washington D.C. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and is an enrolled member of the Muskogee Nation.

While at the Department of Interior from 1998-2001, Tuell served as Director of the Office of American Indian Trust and Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. She previously served as counsel for Senator Daniel Inouye on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. She has taught Indian law and policy at American University. She received her juris doctor from the University of California at Los Angeles and is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho.

They are also joined in their practice by partner Derril B. Jordan, the former Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs at the Department of Interior from 1997-2000. He is a member of the Mattaponi Tribe.

More information about AndersonTuell, LLP is available at or by calling (202) 543-5000.


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