An important part of our practice is the representation of our clients in litigation in federal, state, and tribal courts nationwide. Proficiency in civil litigation and appellate practice requires a deep knowledge, experience, understanding and respect for tribal laws, customs, federal and state legislation affecting tribes, as well as judicial decisions that have shaped and impacted Native American law.  

Civil Litigation 

When you have a dispute with another party, it’s important to hire knowledgeable legal representation to help guide you through the civil litigation process. Though some legal disputes may seem straightforward, the rules and laws governing civil litigation proceedings can be incredibly complex, and having an experienced civil litigator on your side is crucial. Experienced civil litigation attorneys know the rules and procedures governing the conduct of trials, the admission of evidence at trial, and how to best present their client’s arguments and claims.  

Successful civil litigation attorneys know that a good case begins with good preparation work early in the case. By identifying pertinent witnesses and evidence and crafting a trial strategy early on in the case, your chances of success increase. However, preparation is of little value if your civil litigation attorney does not possess the skills to persuasively present your case. The talents and abilities necessary to present a case to a judge or jury only come through experience.  

At Martha L. King, P.C., we are committed to utilizing our education, resources, talents, and over 20 years’ experience litigating to provide our clients with the quality representation they deserve and to seize every reasonable opportunity to move them to their desired legal destination and place of success.  Our civil litigation lawyer will be able to help provide you the realistic, personalized advice you need to make legal decisions with confidence.  

Situations in which our civil litigation lawyer can help include: 

  • Federal Indian Law 
  • Navajo law disputes
  • Business disputes 
  • Employment law disputes 
  • Garnishment disputes 

Our firm has successfully represented clients for over 20 years in a wide variety of civil lawsuits, and especially has experience working with tribes and tribal enterprises and on net worth suits and will use that knowledge and experience to advocate aggressively for you. We take the time to get to know our clients and pride ourselves on always giving our best. 

 Martha L. King, P. C. has a working knowledge of: 

  • The Navajo Nation Sovereign Immunity Act 
  • The Navajo Nation Arbitration Act 
  • The Navajo Preference and Employment Act 
  • The Navajo Business Opportunity Act 
  • The Navajo Taxes and their Practical Application 
  • Federal Indian Law on Liquor Regulation 
  • Federal Indian Law on Tobacco Regulation 
  • Navajo gaming 
  • Navajo government 

 Our firm’s focus is not simply to win cases but to help clients, and we place a special emphasis on knowing and serving clients well. The firm believes that open, frequent communication with its clients is essential to the proper handling of any case. The better we know you and your business, the better we will be able to represent you. 

The firm’s Managing Attorney also have a solid grasp of the rules of procedure and the rules of evidence which govern how a lawsuit must be tried. The firm’s knowledge of these rules often provides it both a tactical and a strategic advantage over its adversaries.  

Success in the courtroom comes from working hard, doing the small things right and paying close attention to details. Although we cannot guarantee success, we can guarantee the effort that the firm will put forth in order to achieve success. We will prepare and present a client’s case in a clear, concise and cogent manner. We are honored to help many wonderful clients, and we are grateful for their trust. 

Appellate Practice 

In appellate practice, and especially in federal Indian law, winning and effective legal writing is crucial because cases are oftentimes resolved without oral arguments. Winning and effective legal writing drives settlements. It wins cases. Our Managing Attorney’s commitment to ensuring any legal writing output from our Firm is precise and close to perfect has made the difference in our cases and distinguishes us from other firms. With Martha L. King, P.C., our clients can rest assured that our work product is succinctly and persuasively written.  

As appellate attorneys, we may be retained during the litigation stage to collaborate with trial counsel and establish leverage at the outset, in preparation for appeal. For example, we may work with trial counsel to draft dispositive motions, ensure important issues are preserved for appeal, and file post-verdict motions. We may also be retained after trial to particularly handle the appellate stage.  

Our Managing Attorney, Martha L. King, is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico and the Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma; U.S. Courts of Federal Claims; and in the courts of the Navajo Nation. 

 The firm’s Managing Attorney has a distinguished record of legal achievements including:*

 Osage Minerals Council v. U.S. Dep’t of the Interior, case number 4:15-cv-00367 (N.D. Okla. 2015);  Final Disposition in the Matter of U.S. Dep’t of Interior, Office of Inspector Gen. Report of Investigation U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ARRA Funds (St. Marks), No. OI-CO-13-0243-I (Apr. 24, 2015);  First Bank & Trust Co. v. Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, No. IN-110909 (Okla. Civ. App. Feb. 23, 2015);  St. Marks v. Chippewa Cree Election Bd., No. 2013-CV-CV-1645 (Chippewa Cree Ct. App. Nov. 19, 2014); Oklahoma v. Hobia, No. 12-5134, 2014 WL 5822654 (10th Cir. Nov. 10, 2014);  Brown v. Boswell, No. 5:20-CV-00970-R (W.D. Okla. Nov. 3, 2011);  Wandrie-Harjo v. Boswell,No. CIV-11-171-F, 2011 WL 7807743 (W.D. Okla. Aug. 15, 2011);  Gulfstream Worldwide Realty, Inc. v. Philips Elecs. N. Am. Corp., No. CIV-06-1165 JB/DJS, 2007 WL 4707080 (D.N.M. Aug. 14, 2007);  Bighorse v. S. Plains Reg’l. Dir., 59 IBIA 1 (2014); St. Marks v. Chippewa Cree Election Bd. Members, Case No. 2013-CV-CV-1645, Opinion (Chippewa Cree Tribal Ct. App. Nov. 19, 2014); Lynn v. Boswell, No. SC-2010-0014 (Cheyenne & Arapaho S. Ct. June 17, 2011);  Miami Business Servs., LLC v. Davis, 299 P.3d 477 (Okla. 2013); John v. Baker, 982 P.2d 738 (Alaska 1999). 

*Disclaimer: Past successes cannot be an assurance of future success because each case has its own merits.