Claire Newman


Claire Newman focuses her practice on litigation representing Indian tribes. She has assisted  in representing tribes in federal, state and tribal court. Among other issues, Ms. Newman has assisted client tribes in matters involving sovereign immunity, self-governance, employment, water rights, code development, race discrimination, and Indian child welfare.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Newman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Louis J. Menendez at the Juneau Superior Court and as a judicial extern to the Honorable John Coughenour at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. In March 2016, Ms. Newman served as a special deputy prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she co-tried a felony jury trial. Ms. Newman conducted jury selection, successfully argued motions in limine, as well as other motions, gave opening statements and performed witness examinations.

While in law school, Ms. Newman was the Managing Editor of the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. She was also the University of Washington fellow for Senator Maria Cantwell and a law clerk at the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Newman worked at a non-profit law office assisting families and tribes in South Dakota to assert their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act and to build capacity within tribal child welfare systems. Additionally after her undergraduate studies, Ms. Newman taught middle school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Ms. Newman was recognized as a Washington “Rising Star” for Native American Law in 2017 by Super Lawyers magazine.

Professional & Community Activities

Washington State Bar Indian Law Section, Chair


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (2012)
  • Carleton College, B.A., Political Science (2005)
    cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Washington (2012)


  • Juneau Superior Court — Honorable Louis J. Menendez (Aug 2012-Oct 2013)

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Claire Newman

Experience Highlights

Breach of contract litigation for Snoqualmie Tribe
Represented the Snoqualmie Tribe in breach of contract litigation related to excavation work for the Tribe’s new administration building. On more