It is with heavy hearts that the firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP, announces the death of its partner emeritus, Hans Walker, Jr. Hans was a major pioneer and leader in the field of American Indian law, and was highly respected by all who knew him.
Mr. Walker devoted his legal career to promoting and defending the legal rights of Indian tribes. Among the first American Indians to become a licensed lawyer (in 1960), he paved the way for others who followed after him.
He began his legal career in 1960 as general counsel for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation of North Dakota, in which he was an enrolled member (Mandan). After holding several posts in the U.S. Department of the Interior, including Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs, he entered private practice, and later became a key partner in our firm from 1988 until his retirement.
During his career, he became a legal giant and fierce defender of the rights and interests of tribes and tribal organizations, and was the first renowned expert on Indian tax matters. His contributions to Indian law over the course of his legal career were extraordinary and unique. Charlie Hobbs, who, along with Jerry Straus, recruited Hans to join the firm, said “Hans was a terrific colleague, a valuable asset who greatly assisted his clients, and was a delightful colleague who all enjoyed working with.” He will be sorely missed.
In his retirement, Hans enjoyed spending time with his wife Barbara, his son Reid, and his grandchildren, to whom we send our deepest sympathies.
Hans’s funeral will be held on Monday, December 28 at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, located at 1500 W. Braddock Road, in Alexandria, Virginia. There will be a viewing from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday, followed by a service from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his family: Walker family, 1700 Maple Hill Place, Alexandria, Virginia, 22302.