Gabe’s practice focuses on complex, multi-party litigation and crisis management, representing tribal governments, businesses and citizens.
Gabe is skilled at defending tribes and Indian-owned enterprises against legal attack by local, state and federal government and private parties; advocating for tribal members in disenrollment or civil rights defense; and representing tribal plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic personal injury lawsuits. He assists tribes with economic development strategies and transactions, too.
Trained by the American Arbitration Association, Gabe also arbitrates disputes between tribal and non-tribal governments and other parties, as well as mediates such disputes.
From 2000 to 2010, Gabe practiced law with a large corporate law firm, where he forged a tribal practice and was the youngest lawyer to ever be elected to the firm’s membership and to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors.
Gabe writes prolifically about tribal litigation and sovereignty and Indian civil rights issues, having been published over 100 times in such national periodicals as National Law Journal, Business Law Today, and Gaming Law Review & Economics. He co-authors the Tribal Court Litigation chapter for the ABA's Annual Review of Developments in Corporate & Business Litigation desk reference book annually.
Most notably, Gabe co-authored a law review article titled, “Curing the Tribal Disenrollment Epidemic: In Search of a Remedy,” which was published by Arizona Law Review in 2015. He also published a chapter, “The American Indian Middle Class,” in a recent book, The American Middle Class.
Gabe is a frequent media commentator as well, having been interviewed and quoted by mainstream and international news outlets such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Le Monde.
In 2012, Gabe was featured in "An Interview With One of 'The Best Lawyers in America' for the Seventh Straight Year: Gabriel Galanda." His "life and times" were also featured by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez in a King County Bar Bulletin article titled, "Native Son."
Gabe was dubbed one of “five people are rocking the world with their forward thinking, innovation and commitment to social justice” in an Indian Country Today piece titled, “5 Visionaries Who See a Brighter Future for Indian Country.” He was also named one of "Fifty Faces of Indian Country" in 2017.
In 2014, the Washington State Bar Association honored him with the Excellence in Diversity Award for his "significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession." In 2016, the Seattle Times featured Gabe in a front-page Sunday story, “Native Lawyer Takes On Tribes That Kick Out Members.”
In 2017, the University of Arizona College of Law bestowed him with the Professional Achievement Award, and in 2018, the Western Washington University College of Humanities and Social Sciences honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In his "spare" time, Gabe founded and now operates Huy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing religious, cultural and other rehabilitative opportunities for American Indian prisoners. Serving as Chairman of the Huy Board of Advisors, he has lead the organization’s amicus curiae efforts before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts across the country.
Gabe belongs to the Round Valley Indian Tribes of California, descending from the Nomlaki and Concow Tribes.
Cougar Den v. Washington (Wash. 2017) (affirming Treaty right to travel and trade and thus striking down state fuel import taxes)
Alexander v. Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Grand Ronde Ct. App. 2016) (reversing the disenrollment of 66 Grand Ronde Tribal Members who directly descend from a Treaty Chief)
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Thurston County (9th Cir. 2013) (prohibiting county from assessing property taxes on permanent improvements to reservation trust lands)
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)
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe v. State of Washington (Thurston Sup. Ct. 2005) (compelling the return of an ancestral burial ground and the reinterment of unearthed ancestral Indian graves)
Super Lawyer, 2013-2018
Best Lawyers in America, Native American Law and Gaming Law, 2007-2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Western Washington University College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018
Professional Achievement Award, University of Arizona College of Law, 2017
Washington State Bar Association Excellence in Diversity Award, 2014
Difference Maker, American Bar Association, 2013
Best Lawyers in Washington State, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2011
Best Lawyers in the Puget Sound, Seattle Business Monthly, 2010, 2012
Seattle’s Best Indian Law Attorneys, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2010-2013
40 Under 40, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2009
Native American 40 Under 40, National Center for American Indian Economic Development, 2009
Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics/Super Lawyers Magazine, 2002, 2004-2008, 2010-2012
Washington State Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2004
Northwest Indian Bar Association Native Justice Award, 2004
Leading Edge Litigator, Washington Law & Politics, 2003
Alumni of the Year, National Native American Law Students’ Association, 2001
Washington State Bar Association
Indian Law Section, Chair, 2004
Indian Law Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief, 2004-2010
Northwest Indian Bar Association
President, 2002-2003 (two terms), Governing Council, 2001, 2003-2006
Indian Legal Scholars Program, Chair, 2003-2010
National Native American Bar Association, Executive Board Member, 2007-Present
Gaming Law Review & Economics, Editorial Board, 2007-Present
Indian Gaming Magazine, Board of Directors, 2007-Present
American Bar Association
Gaming Law Committee, Chair, 2007-2010
Business & Corporate Litigation Committee, Tribal Court Litigation Co-Chair, 2007-2012
Annual Review of Developments in Corporate & Business Litigation, Editor-in-Chief, 2007-2009
International Masters of Gaming Law, Admitted Member, 2007-2011
American Arbitration Association, Trained Arbitrator
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
Native Dispute Resolution Network, Partner, 2010-Present
State of Washington
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court (Western Washington, Eastern Washington)
U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Yakama Nation Tribal Court
Puyallup Nation Court
Suquamish Tribal Court
Muckleshoot Tribal Court
Tulalip Tribal Court
Lummi Nation Tribal Court
Nooksack Tribal Court
Chehalis Tribal Court
Quinault Tribal Court
Grand Ronde Tribal Court
Winnebago Tribal Court
Quileute Tribal Court
Nisqually Tribal Court
Hualapai Tribal Court
Cow Creek Tribal Court
University of Arizona (JD, Tribal Law & Policy Program)
Western Washington University (BA, English)
Peninsula Community College (AA)
Obama’s Disenrollment Legacy, Indian Country Today Media Network, January 25, 2017
The Indian Reorganization Act: Realigning Tribal ‘Membership’ With Kinship, Indian Country Today Media Network, June 14, 2017
Let’s Seize New Market Tax Credit Opportunities, Indian Country Today Media Network, December 24, 2016
Don't Join the Disenrollment Club, Indian Country Today Media Network, November 16, 2016.
Reinvigorating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Indian Country Today Media Network, May 12, 2016
The Reluctant Watchdog – How National Indian Gaming Commission Inaction Helps Tribes Disenroll Members for Profit and Jeopardizes Indian Gaming as We Know It, Gaming Law Review & Economics, April 2016
Shared Faith: Tribal State Indian Religious Rights Reform, Bar Bulletin, February 2016.
Tribal Lawyer Ethics: Gaming Per Capita Disputes, December 10, 2015.
Back to the Future: The GOP and Tribal Termination, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 9, 2015
Disenrollment IS a Federal Action, Indian Country Today Media Network, March 10, 2015.
The Unintended Consequences of Disenrollment, Indian Country Today Media Network, February 2, 2015.
Disenrollment is a Tool of the Colonizers, Indian Country Today Media Network, January 16, 2015.
Indian Country Stylebook, December 1, 2014.
Exploiting, or Filling, the Ethical Void for Tribal Lawyers, Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section, November 2014.
Inside the Dirty-Tricks Playbook of Jack Abramoff, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 20, 2014.
Tribal Per Capitas and Self-Termination, Indian Country Today Media Network, August 13, 2014.
Defending the Religious Rights of Native Prisoners, Indian Country Today Media Network, May 29, 2014.
To Geneva With Love: Native Prisoners’ Religious Rights Movement Goes Global, Bar Bulletin, May 2014.
'Cobell' Dishonored by Interior's Buy-Back Plan, Indian Country Today Media Network, March 3, 2014.
How Tribal Leaders Are Creating Jobs, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 15, 2013.
The Bay Mills Buck Stops With NIGC, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 6, 2013.
Federal Task Force: Indian Country's Trojan Horse, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 23, 2013.
How to Protect Tribal Lands From Our Deadliest Enemies, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 19, 2013.
Indian Nations Are Still Fighting the U.S. Cavalry, Indian Country Today Media Network, September 4, 2013.
The Indian Land Consolidation Plot Thickens, Indian Country Today Media Network, February 23, 2013.
Don't Believe the Land-Consolidation Hype Read, Indian Country Today Media Network, January 29, 2013.
Advancing the State-Tribal Consultation Mandate, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 17, 2012.
Enforcing International Indigenous Rights in America, Indian Country Today Media Network, October 1, 2012.
Deploying the U.N. Indigenous Rights Declaration in the Courts of the Conqueror, Indian Country Today Media Network, January 27, 2012.
Attack on the Tribal Middle Class, Parts 1-3, Indian Country Today Media Network, October-November 2011.
The State Tax Man Cometh – Redux, Indian Country Today Media Network, August 21, 2011.
A Precedent for Native Americans’ Religious Freedoms in Washington Prisons, Seattle Times, June 30, 2011.
The State Tax Man Cometh, Indian Country Today Media Network, February 16, 2011.
Speaker, “Re-imagining Tribal Citizenship,”The Next Horizon Symposium, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2018, Cambridge, MA.
Keynote, “Keeping it Real: Indian Lawyers & Indian Law Scholarship,” American Indian Law Journal Banquet, April 2018, Seattle, WA.
Co-Chair, 15th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2017, Seattle, WA.
Speaker, American Indian Civil Rights Advocacy, Clallam-Jefferson Pro Bono Lawyers CLE, November 2017, Sequim, WA.
Speaker, “Tribal Kinship Versus Dissenrollment,” UNM Gallup, October 2017, Gallup, NM.
Speaker, “Restoring Indigenous Kinship Amidst America’s Nationalist Movement,” Western Washington Univerity, October 2017, Bellingham, WA.
Keynote, “Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles in Indigenous Communities," March 2017, UC Irvine, CA.
Co-Chair, 14th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2016, Seattle, WA.
Speaker, “Get Your Hands Off My Trust Responsibility? Debating the Federal Government’s Role in the Trust Responsibility,”41st Annual Indian Law Conference, Federal Bar Association, April 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.
Speaker, “Origins of Tribal Disenrollment,” University of Washington School of Law Diversity Week, February 2016, Seattle, WA.
Co-Chair; Speaker, "Tribal Lawyer Ethics: Gaming Per Capita Disputes," 13th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2015, Seattle, WA.
Co-Chair; Speaker, "Ethical Considerations," 12th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2014, Seattle, WA.
Speaker, "What are the Ethical Considerations of Representing Opposing Factions in Tribal Government Disputes?," Federal Bar Association 16th Annual DC Indian Law Conference, November 14, 2014, Washington, DC.
Lecturer, "The American Indian Disenrollment Epidemic: Finding A Cure," Lewis & Clark Law School, October 27, 2014, Portland, OR.
Speaker, “The Perils of Indian Law Buy Back," 2nd Annual Tribal Lands Conference, January 27, 2014, Tucson, AZ.
Co-Chair, 11th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2013, Seattle, WA.
Speaker, "State Tax Man Cometh: New Threats to Tribal Economic Development," November 6, 2013, Seattle, WA.
Speaker, "Building a Book of Business," April 2013, Seattle, WA.
Speaker, “Tribal Tax Revenue Opportunities for Tribes” and “Modern Federal Indian Tax Implications for Economic Development," RES 2013, March 13, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.
Co-Chair, 10th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2012, Seattle, WA.
“Economic Diversification: The Time is NOW,” 14th Annual Native Nations Law Symposium, September 14, 2012, Kickapoo, KS.
“American Indian Treaties: The Consultation Mandate,” United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, July 16-17 2012, Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
“The Federal Indian Consultation Right,” Silver State Mining & Tribal Forum, April 17, 2012, Winnemucca, NV.
Speaker, "Myths and Realities of Limited Sovereign Immunity Waiver" & "Talking Tribal Sports and Entertainment," RES 2012, February 29 & March 1, 2012, Las Vegas, NV.
Speaker, “ADR’s Role in Tribal/Non-Tribal and Inter-Tribal Disputes,” ADR and Contract Disputes Symposium, Seattle, WA, June 30, 2011.