Richard is the managing attorney for our Washington, D.C. office, and is the lead attorney for NARF on the Tribal Supreme Court Project, which is based on the principle that a coordinated and structured approach to tribal advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court is necessary to preserve tribal sovereignty. Prior to joining NARF in 2003, Richard was a senior associate attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP, and before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2001, he worked as an attorney for the Skokomish Indian Tribe and as an associate attorney for the Morisset, Schlosser law firm in Seattle, Washington. Richard obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Arizona-College of Law in 1994, receiving the Roger C. Henderson Award as the Distinguished Graduating Senior. His thesis, Intellectual Property Rights and Native American Tribes was published in the American Indian Law Review.
In private practice and as an on-reservation attorney, Richard represented Indian tribes on a broad range of issues in federal, state, and tribal forums. He provided legal counsel to tribal leaders and administrative staff in government-to-government proceedings, including co-management of fish, timber, and wildlife, as well as the development of intergovernmental agreements on jurisdiction over natural resources, law enforcement, taxation, and social services. Shortly after he joined NARF, Richard assumed primary responsibility for the work of the Tribal Supreme Court Project and the Project on the Judiciary (read more about the project at the NCAI website) which are a part of the Tribal Sovereignty Protection Initiative and joint projects with the National Congress of American Indians.
Richard is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the District of Columbia Bar. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the D.C. Circuit; the United States Tax Court; and the United States District Courts for the Western District of Washington, the District of Arizona, and the District of Columbia.