Krystalyn Kinsel is an associate who focuses her practice on complex litigation and Native American affairs. Ms. Kinsel’s experience ranges from representing the sovereign interests of tribal governments to defending multinational technology companies and federal agencies against civil actions in federal, state, and tribal court. Ms. Kinsel possesses significant oral argument and trial experience, including motions practice, taking and defending fact and expert witness depositions, examining and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses, and leading e-discovery efforts involving large document collections. At the appellate level, Ms. Kinsel has represented tribal governments before the United States Supreme Court, and tribal and corporate entities and Members of Congress before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Tenth, and Federal Circuit. Ms. Kinsel also serves as a Special Prosecutor for a Tribal Nation.
Ms. Kinsel is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Kinsel served as a trial lawyer in the highly prestigious Attorney General Honors Program of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where she defended the United States Departments of Defense, Interior, and Transportation, and the Federal Communications Commission against civil actions in federal district courts nationwide, including the United States Court of Federal Claims. While there, she managed and oversaw all aspects of litigation for her own cases, served on several high-stakes trial teams, and reached many favorable settlements for the United States. In 2017, Ms. Kinsel received the US Department of Justice’s 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), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the United States. While there, 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. During Ms. Kinsel’s tenure as the National Coordinator of Native Vote, a national campaign providing voter registration and election protection assistance to tribes, Native Vote received national recognition for helping Senator Lisa Murkowski win a historic write-in campaign for the State of Alaska.
Ms. Kinsel has working knowledge of the Navajo and French languages.