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Charles W Galbraith

Jenner & Block LLP


Charlie Galbraith is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and partner at Jenner & Block where is serves as co-chair of the firm’s Native American Law Practice.  His work focuses on helping tribal governments navigate their unique legal and political relationships in the United States.  He has represented tribal clients in a wide range of litigation matters, sensitive internal investigations and major financial transactions all with a careful eye to the unique challenges that tribal leaders must consider to obtain the best possible long term outcomes.
  
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Charlie worked for President Barack Obama as White House Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.  In this role, Mr. Galbraith managed the Administration’s relationship with all tribal governments and Native American people.  He consulted with stakeholders and advised the President, Cabinet Members and Executive Branch agencies on political, legislative, legal, administrative and media issues in what has often been cited as one of the most successful periods for the advancement of Native American affairs.  During his White House tenure, Mr. Galbraith also served as a deputy associate counsel for Presidential personnel, where he conducted investigations and vetting of individuals under consideration for presidential appointments.
 
In his earlier government service, Charlie was also an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, where he successfully investigated and prosecuted a wide array of federal offenses.  And as a legislative assistant to then-United States Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), where he advised the senator on Indian Affairs, judiciary and appropriations matters.
 
In his “spare” time Charlie is a Trustee of the Institute of American Indian Arts, appointed by President Barack Obama, on the board of directors for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and continues to play men’s league baseball and run marathons when not in quarantine.