Charles W. Galbraith is co-chair of the firm’s Native American Law Practice and a partner in the Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, and the Government Relations Practice. Drawing on his decade of experience in the federal government as a member of the White House staff, a federal prosecutor and Senate staff, Mr. Galbraith represents tribal governments, businesses and individuals navigating complex and interconnected legal, political and policy challenges.
Mr. Galbraith is a citizen of the Navajo Nation with over 15 years of experience helping tribes navigate their unique legal landscape 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.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Galbraith served under 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.
As an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, Mr. Galbraith successfully investigated and prosecuted a wide array of federal offenses. As a legislative assistant to then-United States Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), he advised the senator on Indian Affairs, judiciary and appropriations matters.
Mr. Galbraith is a Trustee of the Institute of American Indian Arts, appointed by President Barack Obama, and also serves on the board of directors for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.