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Gabe Galanda Named One of Puget Sound's Best Lawyers

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Gabriel “Gabe” Galanda, an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Mendocino County, California, has been named by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in the Business" in the Puget Sound region for both Native American Law and Gaming Law in Seattle Business magazine's January 2012 edition.

Galanda is a partner with Galanda Broadman, PLLC, an American Indian-owned firm in Seattle, Washington that he co-founded in 2011. The firm is dedicated to advancing tribal legal rights and Indian business interests.

Galanda's practice focuses on complex, multi-party litigation and crisis management, and representing tribal governments and businesses. He is skilled at defending tribes and Indian-owned enterprises against legal attacks by local, state and federal government and private parties, and representing plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic personal injury lawsuits. He assists tribes with transactions and strategy related to various economic development initiatives as well.

Galanda recently launched a tribal alternative dispute resolution practice. Trained by the American Arbitration Association, he arbitrates disputes between tribal and non-tribal governments and other parties. He also mediates such disputes.

From 2000 to 2010, Galanda practiced law with a large corporate law firm, where he forged a tribal practice and was the youngest lawyer to ever be elected to the firm’s membership and to serve on the firm’s board of directors. He is a columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and writes prolifically about tribal litigation, sovereignty, and business, having also been published nearly 100 times in other national periodicals as The National Law Journal, Business Law Today, Gaming Law Review & Economics, and Indian Gaming magazine.

His list of awards and accolades runs long: Gabe has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 to 2012. He was also named as one of the best lawyers in Washington State by Puget Sound Business Journal in 2011; and one of Seattle’s best Indian law attorneys by Seattle Metropolitan magazine and the "Best Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region" by Seattle Business, in 2010. Gabe was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, as well as to the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Native American 40 Under 40” list in recognition of his status as an emerging leader in the legal industry, in 2009. Washington Law & Politics/Super Lawyers magazine named Gabe a “Rising Star” for 2002, 2004 to 2008 and 2010 to 2012, and Washington Law & Politics also named him one of Washington’s four Leading Edge Litigators in 2003. He was awarded the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, and the Northwest Indian Bar Association’s Native Justice Award, in 2004.

Galanda Broadman represents tribal governments, businesses and members in critical litigation, business and regulatory matters. For additional information about Gabe or Galanda Broadman, visit