Associate Attorney, Tribal Nations

Drummond WoodsumPortland, MaineFull TimeRemote

If you would like to apply for an open position, you enjoy a challenge, and would like to join our top-notch staff, please submit your resume and letter of interest via e-mail to No phone calls, please. Drummond Woodsum offers a generous benefits package including your choice of medical/dental plans with wellness reimbursements, life insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, 401k/Profit Sharing plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, personal and sick time, on-site subsidized parking, longevity bonuses and more.

Portland, Maine

Drummond Woodsum is seeking an associate to join its nationally ranked Tribal Nations Services Group. The associate selected for this position will work in our firm’s home office in Portland, Maine.

Drummond Woodsum’s Tribal Nations Services Group provide high level, quality services to Tribal nations, Tribal enterprises, and companies that do business with Tribal nations or in Indian Country. Our practice, with Tribal government clients and Tribal businesses, advocate for Nation building actions through the creation and maintenance of strong, resilient governmental structures and economies. We serve as outside general counsel to many of our clients, guiding our clients through complex, sophisticated Indian Country projects and facilitating nation-wide business and financial transactions. We represent our Tribal clients in litigation and other adversarial proceedings, advocacy settings before federal, state, and tribal forums, as well as in various negotiations with States and other non-tribal governments. Because Drummond Woodsum is a full-service law firm, our attorneys share their deep knowledge of their respective areas of law, enabling us to meet and satisfy our clients’ needs efficiently and effectively.

Qualifying candidates include new law school graduates or those with less than three (3) years’ experience. Required skills include top academic credentials, strong analytical capacity, excellent communication skills (particularly legal writing skills), and an athletic spirit with the ability to work well on a team. A judicial clerkship is not required, but is preferred. Knowledge of and experience working in indigenous communities is strongly preferred, as members of the firm’s Tribal Nations Services Group are expected to be dedicated to advocacy on behalf of indigenous peoples.

Drummond Woodsum is a growing professional services firm with a collaborative and supportive culture that makes it a highly desirable place to practice law. We have intentionally created a collegial firm culture that emphasizes devotion to serving our clients, collaboration, and mutual respect. We offer an environment where personal and professional growth are encouraged, through mentorship and respectful work-life balance.

In addition to the firm being a tremendous place to work, we are also fortunate to be based in Waponakiyik, which means “the Dawnland” in Passamaquoddy, and is the traditional homelands of the Wabanaki or Wapohnaki People. “Maine” as it is most commonly called today, is one of the most beautiful areas of the country. We are fortunate to have both the mountains and the ocean, with outdoor adventures at every turn. With the added benefit of appreciable schools, museums, theaters, music, and restaurants, Portland, Maine is truly a great place to live.

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