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The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division has honored Seattle lawyer Gabriel “Gabe” Galanda with its Making a Difference through Service to the Profession award. The award, which recognizes a lawyer who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession, was presented to Galanda at a luncheon during the division’s National Solo & Small Firm Conference Oct. 12 in Seattle.
Galanda, a partner at Galanda Broadman in Seattle, practices in the area of litigation, Native American law and gaming law, representing tribal governments and businesses in complex, multiparty litigation and crisis management.
Galanda has defended tribes and Native American-owned enterprises in cases against local, state and federal governments. He mediates and arbitrates disputes between tribal and nontribal parties, including personal injury matters; conflicts between tribal and local, state or federal governments; and tribal intramural disputes. Galanda also assists tribes with transactions and strategy related to economic development initiatives, and works with publicly traded companies that do business in Indian country.
Galanda has been named to The Best Lawyers in America in both the areas of Native American law and gaming law. He has also been named as one of Seattle’s best Indian law attorneys by Seattle Metropolitanmagazine, and one of the “Best Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region” by Puget Sound Business Journal. Galanda was named among the “Best Lawyers in Washington State” in both the areas of Native American law and gaming law by Seattle Business Monthly. He was named to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, and to the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “Native American 40 Under 40” list in recognition of his status as an emerging leader in the legal industry. Washington Law & Politics magazine named Galanda to its Rising Stars list, and as one of Washington’s four leading-edge litigators.
Among his other memberships and accomplishments, Galanda was awarded the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Outstanding Young Lawyer award, and the Northwest Indian Bar Association’s Native Justice Award.
The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division is the only ABA entity exclusively devoted to solo practitioners and small firm lawyers. The division, with over 27,000 members, serves as the voice of the “Main Street lawyer.” Solo and small firm practitioners represent half of the nation’s lawyers, and the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division provides a community for them within the ABA.