Gussie A. Lord


Gussie Lord, Virginia Military Institute (B.A. 2003, with Distinction); University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 2006)

Admitted to the Bar: New Mexico (2007); District of Columbia (2012)

Ms. Lord has worked with tribes on a variety of issues, including: development of environmental laws and regulations; development of administrative procedures, policies, and tribal codes; solid and hazardous waste management regulation, including Superfund issues; tribal housing development and management under NAHASDA; tribal and state employment issues; federal permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act; gaming controls and enforcement; jurisdiction and other sovereignty concerns; economic development initiatives; land use policy and planning; grant management; and distribution of benefits. Ms. Lord has been an instructor for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Solid Waste Management Code Development Course.

Ms. Lord also has experience in affordable housing development through HUD and other programs and advised housing authorities and non-profits nationwide on NEPA and other development issues, including complex development transactions involving multiple funding sources. She is familiar with compliance requirements related to the expenditure and tracking of federal grant and formula funds, including the recently finalized Uniform Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Grants.

Ms. Lord worked as a staff attorney at the New Mexico Court of Appeals, conducting in-depth legal research and drafting proposed opinions, memoranda, orders and analytical reports of law.

Ms. Lord has been named to the 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Ms. Lord is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.