Judy M. Dworkin leads the firm’s Indian Law and Tribal Relations practice group. She offers broad experience in Indian law, with a major emphasis on assisting Indian tribes in achieving their economic development objectives.


  • Arizona State University, J.D., cum laude 1986: Articles Editor, Arizona State Law Journal 1985-1986
  • Clark University, Ph.D. 1978
  • Clark University, A.M. 1975

Community Leadership

  • Finalist, 2017 ATHENA Businesswoman of the Year Award, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce | Award Video
  • Heard Museum: Board of Trustees 2017-present
  • DNA People’s Legal Services: Member, Board of Directors June 2011-present
  • Arizona State University: Adjunct Professor 1986-present
  • Arizona State University Advisory Committee, Indian Legal Program 2006-present
  • Arizona Native American Economic Coalition: Board Member 1995-1997; Conference Chair, Annual Tribal Economic Summit 1996
  • University of Arizona, Department of Hydrology and Water Resources: Assistant Professor 1978-1983

Bar & Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court 2009
  • Bar of the Navajo Nation 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1986
  • Arizona 1986
  • Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals
  • Courts of the Hualapai and Hopi Tribes and the Tohono O’odham Nation

Honors & Awards

  • 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award, Native American Bar Association of Arizona
  • Foundation for Justice Award, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education 2019
  • Chambers and Partners: Native American Law – Arizona (Band 1), Chambers USA 2018-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Native American Law (2009-present); Water Law (2011-present)
  • Super Lawyers: Native American Law (2014-present)
  • AV-Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • “AzBusiness Leaders” (Environmental Law 2015, 2020; Native American Law 2019, 2021), AzBusiness Magazine
  • “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona,” AzBusiness Magazine (2013-2015)
  • “50 Most Influential Women in Business,” AzBusiness Magazine (2013)
  • Arizona State University College of Law Award for Outstanding Alumna for Class of 1986, September 2011
  • Recipient, President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness, Arizona State University, 2009, in recognition of the Arizona Native Vote – Election Protection Project

Professional & Industry Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Presiding Appellate Justice, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council Court 2019-present (Appellate Justice 2015-2019)
  • Solicitor, Hualapai Judiciary, Hualapai Indian Tribe
  • Judge Pro Tem, Tribal Court of the Tohono O’odham Nation 1995-1999
  • Law Clerk to Judge William C. Canby, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1986-1987

Language Fluency

  • French