Procopio’s Native Women Attorneys — Mentoring Toward Success

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By: Racheal M. White Hawk | Associate| racheal.whitehawk@procopio.com
Gabriela Magee | Associate | gabriela.magee@procopio.com
Karli Sultzbaugh | Associate | karli.sultzbaugh@procopio.com

Procopio Partner Kerry Patterson, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, was one of a handful of Native women attorneys recently featured on Indianz.com in an article entitled, “‘We were born for this’: Native women overcome obstacles in the legal field.” In the article, Kerry discusses how Native women have served as strong role models in her life and how she hopes to mentor the three Native women Associates at Procopio toward success.

Kerry addresses the challenges that women face in the legal profession as well as with balancing their roles in their tribal communities. She mentions it is important to find a workplace where you fit in and to find an employer that invests in you, values diversity, and is forward thinking.

As the Native Associates working with Kerry, we are happy she found that fit at Procopio, and we feel extremely lucky to have such a strong Native woman as a role model and mentor right here in our firm and working with us every day.

Support is a determining factor for success, and our shared experience of being Native women in a private law firm motivates us to support each other that much more. Procopio is rated a Top Ten AmLaw 200 firm for diversity by American Lawyer magazine.

Read the entire Indianz.com article here.

Procopio_White_Hawk_RachealRacheal M. White Hawk (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) is an Associate with Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group. Racheal is a member of the Arizona Bar; she has passed the California Bar Exam but is not licensed to practice in California. Connect with Racheal at racheal.whitehawk@procopio.com and 619.906.5654.

 

Procopio_Rios_Gabriela_Bio Photo 7122Gabriela Magee (Cahuilla Band of Indians) is an Associate with Procopio’s Native American Law practice group. She focuses her practice on advising tribal clients on a variety of issues regarding governance, environmental permitting, gaming, intergovernmental agreements, culture resource protection and contracts. Connect with Gabi at gabriela.magee@procopio.com and 619.906.5620.

Procopio_Sultzbaugh_Karli_Bio Photo 7220Karli Sultzbaugh (Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians) is an Associate with Procopio’s Native American Law practice group. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Connect with Karli at karli.sultzbaugh@procopio.com and 619.906.5665.

Procopio’s Native American Practice Catches a Rising Star

By:      Ted Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com

I am truly proud and excited to welcome Kerry Patterson as a partner at Procopio.   Kerry is a seasoned tribal attorney that has spent the past 15+ years representing tribal clients and businesses in real estate, governmental, gaming, commercial transactions, finance and economic development in Indian country.   She has developed a significant client base in Arizona and California, helping plan out and implement long-term success strategies for tribal governments that have reaped significant benefits for their tribal communities.  By joining Procopio, Kerry will work with our current practice group to extend the breadth and depth of those successes.

I met Kerry for the first time in 2008, working together as co-counsel for a mutual tribal client.  As a bright, tireless advocate for her tribal clients, I respected her work immensely.  I admired her ability to connect with her clients, engendering a mutual trust and purpose to maximize her clients’ success, protect their sovereignty and realize their self-governance.  That ability to connect requires empathy for your clients, and the strategic savvy to direct them in positive ways.

Now working together as part of the same team, Procopio is able to provide broader services and greater depth for  Kerry’s clients, including self-governance, infrastructure development, education, employment, tax, finance, health care, energy,  intellectual property and complex business transactions.  As importantly, Kerry helps expand our commitment to our tribal clients through giving back to the Native American community.  Kerry’s recognition of Procopio’s commitment to increase opportunities in the Indian community through its internship programs, pro bono assistance to tribal organizations, and voluntary assistance supports our belief that having the honor of representing our clients is joined by the honor of serving their communities.

For more information about Kerry’s background, see here and here.

Kerry Patterson is a partner and a member of the Native American Law and Energy and Environment practice groups at Procopio.  Kerry can be reached at 619.515.3295 or kerry.patterson@procopio.com.

Ted GriswoldTed Griswold is head of the Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Connect with Ted at ted.griswold@procopio.com and 619.515.3277.