Ms. Kinsel is an associate in the firm’s Native American Law and Government Relations Practices. A member of the Navajo Nation, she focuses her practice on litigation and Native American affairs.
Ms. Kinsel has represented tribal governments in a variety of complex litigation matters, including tribal sovereignty and immunity, water rights, economic development, contracts, gaming, child welfare, and white collar crime prosecutions. She has also dedicated an extensive amount of time to pro bono where she has represented individuals in matters involving civil rights discrimination and land rights, as well as Members of Congress in a matter supporting tribal trust lands.
Before joining the firm in 2020, Ms. Kinsel worked as an associate in a Washington, DC, law firm. Prior to that, she served as a trial lawyer in the Attorney General Honors Program of the Natural Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where she defended the United States in all aspects of civil litigation involving the Fifth Amendment, the Tucker Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Ms. Kinsel received the US Department of Justice’s 2017 Outstanding Performance Rating Award.
While attending law school, Ms. Kinsel served as a legal extern in the Chambers of the Honorable Susan R. Bolton in the US District Court for the District of Arizona and as a legal extern in the Office of Tribal Justice in the US Department of Justice. She also practiced as a student lawyer in the Ak-Chin Indian Tribal Court and the Gila River Indian Community Court.
Before and while attending her first year of law school, Ms. Kinsel was a legislative associate and National Coordinator of Native Vote for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Washington, DC, where she advocated on behalf of tribal governments by advising Congress and the Administration on national legislation in the areas of labor, welfare, health and education. Ms. Kinsel also coordinated Native Vote, a national campaign providing voter registration and election protection assistance to tribes.<
Following her undergraduate education, Ms. Kinsel was an investigative intern (the only undergraduate in a competitive law student internship) in the Office of Inspector General at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she assisted in special examinations of programs and operations at the NSF or funded by the NSF.
Ms. Kinsel has working knowledge of the Navajo and French languages.