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Paul H. Tsosie

Attorney Paul H Tsosie

Paul H. Tsosie

Attorney at Law

At Tsosie Law PLLC, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with an aggressive and timely response to their legal needs. Our solid legal expertise and small firm approach allow us to give our clients a highly involved response to ensure the best results, quality, and efficiency. Our mission is to provide premium legal services to our clients. We accomplish our mission by seeking to understand the unique and individual needs of our clients and upholding the highest level of professional and ethical standards in our work.
E-mail: paul@tsosielaw.com
Phone: (801) 699-1507
Fax: (801) 275-7661

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • Utah State Bar
  • United States District Court – Utah

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Indian Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Water/Environmental Law
  • Family Law

TRIBAL COURT PRACTICE

  • Ute Indian Tribe – Utah
  • Navajo Nation – New Mexico
  • Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation – Utah
  • Duckwater Shoshone – Nevada
  • Ely Shoshone – Nevada
  • Te-Moak Shoshone – Nevada
  • Tohono O’odham Nation – Arizona
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe – Minnesota
  • Fort Peck Indian Reservation – Montana
  • Menominee Indian Tribe – Wisconsin
  • Spirit Lake Tribe – Minnesota

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Indian Walk In Center – Board Chair (2008 and 2013)
  • Circle of Wellness Inc. 501(c)(3) – President
  • Utah Legal Services – Board Member
  • Utah Board of Juvenile Justice – Board Member

BIOGRAPHY

In April 2013, Paul Tsosie was appointed Chief Judge of the Ute Indian Tribal Courts of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. As the Chief Judge, he is responsible for jurisdictional issues regarding the second largest land base Indian Tribe in the United States, with 4.5 million acres and over 3,100 enrolled members. In addition, he supervises 11 court staff in the determination and management of hundreds of cases pending before the Ute Indian Tribal Courts.

From June 2012-April 2013, Paul Tsosie joined the EchoHawk Law Offices after a three year political appointment as the Chief of Staff – Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C. Indian Affairs provides services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (which make up 566 federally recognized American Indian Tribes.) As Chief of Staff for Indian Affairs, he helped manage a staff of around 8,500 employees, a 2.5 billion dollar budget, and 183 schools with 42,000 students.

Prior to that, Paul founded the Tsosie & Hatch law firm, where he litigated and practiced Indian law for seven years. As a litigator, he focused on criminal law, as both a prosecutor and defender, and on Indian Child Welfare Act proceedings. In these areas, he litigated various jury and bench trials in Federal, State, and Tribal Courts. In the area of Indian law, he represented tribes in contracts, economic development, rights protection, water, and land issues.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate (2002) – J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.
  • Masters in Public Administration (2002) – Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.
  • Bachelor of Science – History with a minor in Native American Studies (1998), Brigham Young University.
  • Pre Law Summer Institute (1998) – University of New Mexico.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Chief Judge of the Ute Indian Tribal Courts
  • Chief of Staff – Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C
  • Founded the Tsosie LAW PLLC
  • Founded Tsosie & Hatch law firm