Professional Profile

W. Gregory Guedel, Ph.D.

Of Counsel

Greg Guedel joined Hobbs Straus in 2016 after serving Tribal governments and communities in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. His legal practice focuses on assisting Tribal governments, businesses, and communities with economic development, strengthening institutions, complex construction projects, and dispute resolution. Greg is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Native American Concerns and served as national Chair for nine years.

For his research on Native American political economy, in 2016 Greg received the first Ph.D. ever awarded in the 100+ year history of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies. His doctoral research on Tribal economic development has been published by the American Indian Law Review and the American Indian Law Journal, and he is the author of the book Strategies and Methods for Tribal Economic Development – Creating Sustainable Prosperity in Native American Communities. His academic and legal research on Indigenous economic development has been published and cited by leading media sources including The Economist, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and numerous international television and multimedia services.

Greg actively supports veterans’ rights and programs, and from 1994-2002 served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Judge Advocate General’s Corps with the 2nd Armored Division, 4th Infantry Division, and 81st Infantry Brigade. Greg, his wife Christina, and their son Thomas enjoy hiking and outdoor sports.

Professional Organizations

Northwest Indian Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Association Indian Law Section Washington State Bar Association Indian Law Section American Bar Association Committee on Native American Concerns Board Member, Center for Indigenous Rights and Justice American Legion


University of Washington, Ph.D. 2016
London School of Economics and Political Science, Graduate Diploma, 2006 University of Washington, J.D. 1994 University of Southern California, B.S., 1991

Bar Admissions

State of Washington
State of Oklahoma
10th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Multiple Tribal Courts

Practice Concentration:

Tribal Infrastructure & Business Development
Tribal Sovereignty, Jurisdiction & Intergovernmental Relations
Tribal Business Entities
Section 8A Contracting
Tribal Infrastructure
Self-Determination & Self-Governance
Indian Housing
Economic Development