Sarah Walters leverages her experience as a former litigator to provide counsel on laws, policies, regulations and legislation moving through federal and state policy arenas. She represents clients before Congress and federal agencies on a range of matters, including administrative law, regulatory compliance, Indian affairs, and tribal gaming. Sarah 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.
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 offices within Indian Affairs and across the department, and prepared litigation documents and briefs to defend the department’s decisions in Administrative Procedure Act (APA) lawsuits. She previously served as both chief of staff and senior counselor to the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs. Prior, Sarah served at the National Indian Gaming Commission as a staff attorney and counselor to the chair, where she led regulatory reviews that resulted in the enactment of new policies. At both Interior and the Commission, Sarah was involved in each aspect of the regulatory process, from initial discussion drafts through publication of a final rule.
Earlier in her career, Sarah served as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch. Sarah draws on her deep understanding of the APA and regulatory process to take advantage of opportunities and to protect clients from shifting policy landscapes at the federal and state levels.