The Seattle, Washington law firm Galanda Broadman announced November 18, the addition of Scott Wheat and Joe Sexton, two lawyers versed in advancing the interests of tribal governments according to a press release from the firm.
Wheat is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation and serves as the current general counsel for the Spokane Tribe of Indians, and has joined the law firm as Of Counsel.
Sexton is an associate in-house counsel for the Yakama Nation and will also be Of Counsel at Galanda Broadman.
“We’re thrilled to add Scott and Joe to our squad,” said Gabe Galanda, the firm’s managing partner. “Not only are both of these guys excellent tribal lawyers, but they have the high ethics and character necessary to do first-rate legal work in Indian country.”
For more than a decade Wheat has worked with tribal governments with extensive litigation experience in tribal, state and federal courts. Controversial topics he has litigated include: gaming, taxation, treaty fishing rights, natural resource protection, land use, federal recognition, and ancient land claims.
Sexton’s background focuses on complex land and environmental issues, multi-party litigation involving tribal sovereignty issues, torts and contract disputes. During his time at Yakama Nation he has assisted with fish habitat restoration work, the protection of archaeological and cultural resources, and the establishment of a tribal motor vehicle licensing program. Joe served in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003.
Wheat graduated magna cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law and The Evergreen State College; Sexton is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, and The Citadel.