INDIAN COUNTRY – Pipestem Law is pleased to announce that Mary Kathryn Nagle, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has joined the firm as a Partner. Mary Kathryn joins Pipestem Law after having spent the last five years at Quinn Emanuel, a New York City litigation firm, where she specialized in complex commercial litigation related to structured finance, bankruptcy, and federal qui tam actions. Her work before the U.S. Supreme Court in the “Baby Veronica” Indian Child Welfare Act case and other Native rights cases led to her interest in working full time in Indian country.

“We are excited to have an attorney of Mary Kathryn’s caliber join Pipestem Law,” said Wilson Pipestem, founding partner of Pipestem Law. “Her advocacy on behalf of Native interests in the federal courts makes her an excellent addition to our Pipestem Law team.”

Prior to her work in the private sector, Mary Kathryn clerked for Judge Joseph Bataillon and Judge Laurie Smith Camp of the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, and then subsequently she clerked for Judge Fortunato P. Benavides of the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Mary Kathryn studied law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of the Judge John Minor Wisdom Award. Her law review articles have been published in five different journals.

One of her first tasks at Pipestem Law will be the submission of an amicus brief on behalf of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) before the United States Supreme Court in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Pipestem Law,” Mary Kathryn commented. “I believe in the mission of the firm and the team, and I know this a place where I can best serve Indian country.”

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