Alumni Stories | Gabe Galanda Named One of the "Best in the Business"

PC Alumni Gabe Galanda was named one of the "Best in the Business" in 2013 by Seattle Magazine.

Northwest tribal lawyer named amongst Puget Sound Region's best lawyers, for both Native American and gaming law.

Seattle Business Magazine has honored Gabe Galanda as one of “the Puget Sound Region’s Best Lawyers for 2013,” in both the arenas of Native American Law and Gaming Law. He was recognized one of the “best lawyers in the business” in the State of Washington by his peers.

This honor follows several other recent honors for Gabe and his firm, Galanda Broadman, PLLC. In November 2012, Galanda Broadman received a prestigious Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” in the arena of Native American Law. 

In addition, Gabe was then named to The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of both Gaming Law and Native American Law, for the seventh straight year. He was named a “Difference Maker” by the American Bar Association in November as well. Also, last month Lawyers of Color listed the firm in its Big Book of the Best Boutiques, an exclusive, national listing of the top minority law firms in each state.

“This honor gives us great pride. We work our very hardest for our tribal clients and to receive recognition from them and from our peers feels awesome,” said Gabe in a recent interview (Indian Country Today, Nov. 13, 2012).  “We are privileged to be entrusted to represent tribal governments and Indian people, frequently during very critical times. It is the opportunities that our tribal clients have given us, and the results we have been able to obtain for them, and the underlying teamwork with our clients and each other that resulted in this honor. We feel as grateful to our tribal clients for those opportunities as we feel honored by this accolade.”

Galanda Broadman, PLLC, “An Indian Country Law Firm,” is dedicated to advancing tribal legal rights and Indian business interests.  The firm, with offices in Seattle, Washington and Bend, Oregon, represents tribal governments, businesses and members in critical litigation, business and regulatory matters, especially in matters of Indian Treaty rights, tribal sovereignty and taxation.   

Gabe is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of California. He currently sits on the National Native American Bar Association Board of Directors, chairing the group’s “Include Indian Law on State Bar Exams” Initiative, and co-chairing its “Increase Natives and Tribal Court Judges in the Judiciary” Initiative.  Gabe is a past President of the Northwest Indian Bar Association and past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section. 

Gabe received his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law, his B.A. from Western Washington University, and his A.A. from Peninsula College.  He was born and raised in Port Angeles, Washington.