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); Navajo Nation (2016)

Ms. Lord has worked with dozens of tribes and has represented clients in federal, state and tribal courts and administrative proceedings. Ms. Lord has developed tribal laws and regulations related to protection of groundwater, surface water and wetlands, solid and hazardous waste, underground and aboveground storage tanks and administrative procedures. She has represented clients on issues related to mining, cultural resources, solid and hazardous waste, threatened and endangered species, water quality and air quality, including representing a tribe in its efforts to protect off-reservation natural and cultural resources from potential mining activity. She is well-versed in tribal jurisdictional and sovereignty concerns.

In addition, Ms. Lord has assisted clients with employment matters, gaming, economic development, land use, leases, contracts, grant management and procurement. Ms. Lord has experience in affordable housing development and management including public housing, section 8, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and tribal housing.

Ms. Lord has been an instructor for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Solid Waste Management Courses since 2015 and is a former New Mexico Court of Appeals staff attorney.

Ms. Lord was named to the Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2015-2017.

Ms. Lord is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.