Former U.S. Attorney For Arizona Joins Squire Sanders Native American Law Practice

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Diane J. Humetewa, a nationally recognized expert in Native American law and former U.S. Attorney for Arizona, has joined global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.

Humetewa will work out of both the firm's Phoenix and Washington, D.C., offices, focusing on Native American law and client assignments involving water, natural resources, energy and real estate. She will bring additional depth to the firm's national trial practice and work closely with the firm's lobbying affiliate, Squire Sanders Public Advocacy LLC, based in Washington, D.C.

Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, which together occupy approximately 20 million acres of land and control a substantial portion of the state's water rights.

A member of the Hopi tribe, Humetewa was the first Native American woman to serve as a U.S. Attorney. She served in that role for Arizona from December 2007 until retiring in August.

Humetewa says many tribes are focusing on sustainable development. Some recent projects include proposed wind and solar energy projects.

‘Tribal governments are interested in development, but with a long view, and not at the expense of their environment or culture,’ says Humetewa. ‘Squire Sanders understands the importance of balancing those potentially conflicting priorities, and the firm has deep experience in the areas of law that affect and interest tribal governments.’

Humetewa received her Juris Doctor in 1993 and her bachelor's degree in 1987, both from Arizona State University.

SOURCE: Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP

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