Ryan D. Dreveskracht

Ryan’s practice focuses on representing businesses and tribal governments in public affairs, gaming, taxation, and energy development.  A former U.S. District Court law clerk, Ryan has an eye towards the inner-workings of the federal courts and complex litigation.  He writes prolifically about matters critical to Indian country, and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and law reviews.  In 2013, he was named a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers rating service and Seattle Met Magazine.


  • State of Washington v. Clark  (Wash. 2013) (affirming requirement that state police follow codified tribal criminal procedures on reservation trust lands)
  • Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation v. USDA  (E.D. Wash. 2010) (enjoining the United States from permitting a private company’s importation of Hawaiian municipal waste into Yakama Treaty territories)
  • Henderson v. Shea (King County Super. 2014) (represented an aggrieved plaintiff who sustained serious injury as the result of an intentional tort — $1,079,794 judgment).


Washington State Bar Association
  • Indian Law Section, Trustee, 2014-Present
  • Young Lawyer’s Division, Member, 2011-Present
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Member, 2012-Present
  • Trial Advocacy Program Steering Committee, Member, 2013-Present
American Bar Association
  • Business & Corporate Litigation Committee, Tribal Court Litigation Chair, 2013-Present
  • Annual Review of Developments in Corporate & Business Litigation, Editor-in-Chief, 2011-Present
National Lawyer’s Guild
  • National Lawyer’s Guild Review, Managing Editor, 2010-2013
  • National Lawyer’s Guild Review, Editorial Board, 2013-present

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court (Western Washington, Eastern Washington)
  • Suquamish Tribal Court
  • Nooksack Tribal Court
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Court
  • Tulalip Tribal Court
  • Chehalis Tribal Court
  • Puyallup Tribal Court
  • Chehalis Tribal Court
  • Winnebago Tribal Court
  • Tribal Court for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
  • Muckleshoot Tribal Court



University of Washington (LLM)
University of Arizona (JD, Certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy)
University of Washington (BA)

Recent Publications

Enfranchising Native Americans after Shelby County v. Holder: Congress’s Duty to Act, 70 Nat’l L. Guild Rev. 193 (2013)

Congress’ Treatment of the Violence Against Women Act: Adding Insult to Native Women’s Injury, 3 University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review 1 (2013).

Alternative Energy in American Indian Country: Catering to Both Sides of the Coin, 33 Energy Law Journal 431 (2012).

Economic Development, Native Nations, and Solar Projects, 72 American Journal of Economics and Sociology 122 (2013).

In the Courts of Your Deadliest Enemy, 20 Indian Law Newsletter 4 (2012).

Keeping it Clean for the Future of Indian Gaming, 17 Gaming Law Review and Economics 348 (2012).

Tribal Court Litigation,  Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (2012).

Solar as an Economic Development Tool in American Indian Country, International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development Occasional Paper Series, Occasional Paper No. 45 (2011).

The Bay Mills Buck Stops With NIGC, Indian Country Today, Nov. 6, 2013 (coauthored with Gabe Galanda).

Why the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Ruling is so Troubling, Featured: The Transgender Law Center Blog, Sept. 5, 2013.

House Republicans Add Insult to Indian Injury, Indian Country Today, July 7, 2012.

Cigarette Tax: Not About Money? (Parts I-III), Native American Times, 2011.

Upcoming/Recent Seminars

Voting Rights in Indian Country, Nisqually Speaker in the Library Series, November 5, 2013. 

New Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Indian Provisions, 25th Annual WSBA Indian Law Seminar, May 23, 2013.

Contracting Opportunities in Indian Country, 19th Annual Washington Construction Law Conference, Seattle, WA, September 13, 2012.

Policing on Indian Reservations, University of Washington, December 6, 2011.

How to Approach Civil Rights in the 21st Century, George Romney Institute for Law and Public Policy Lecture Series, Adrian College, March 7, 2012.


Ryan D. Dreveskracht

(206) 909-3842

8606 35th Ave NE
Suite L1
Seattle, WA 98115

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