Sarah Walters is an experienced liaison between Indian tribes and businesses, facilitating transactions between both parties and advocating on behalf of her clients during contract negotiations and complex deals. She provides counsel on laws, policies, regulations and legislation related to Indian affairs and tribal gaming, and represents clients before Congress and federal agencies.
Before joining the firm, Sarah spent four years at the Department of the Interior, most recently serving as an attorney in the Division of Indian Affairs within the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office. While there, she provided legal advice to program offices within Indian Affairs and across the department on various topics including tribal self-governance, economic development, social services, law enforcement and tribal justice. She previously served as both chief of staff and senior counselor to the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.
Prior to her time at the Department of the Interior, Sarah served at the National Indian Gaming Commission as a staff attorney and counselor to the chair. There she reported directly to tribal leaders, guiding consultations to better understand their perspective and priorities. Sarah also served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch.