Rachel Saimons primarily focuses her practice on Native American Affairs. Ms. Saimons has represented tribes and tribal entities in litigation before state and federal courts in a variety of matters, including water issues, sovereign immunity, employment and contractual disputes, defense of tribes and tribal officials against allegations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and disputes with municipalities. She has also advised tribes on treaty-rights issues and compliance with state and local laws.
Ms. Saimons also has experience with labor and employment litigation, environmental and land use litigation, zoning and permitting issues, and criminal prosecution.
During law school, Ms. Saimons served as Managing Editor of the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. She also served as an extern for the Labor & Employment Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office and as a summer intern in the Flagstaff, Arizona office of DNA People’s Legal Services, a nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free civil legal assistance, advice and representation in U.S. and tribal courts.
Ms. Saimons was recognized as a "Rising Star" in 2019 by Super Lawyers magazine.
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University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (2013)
Western Washington University, B.A., Sociology, Minor in French (2008)
Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court - Western District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Volunteer Attorney and Development Committee Member, Disability Rights Washington
Past Trustee, Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section (2015-2018)
Past Board Member, Yakima Humane Society
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