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Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier is nationally recognized in the areas of Indian Law, Gaming Law and Business Litigation. She represents tribes, tribal entities and businesses who engage in business transactions with tribes and tribal entities.


  • University of Iowa, College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1985)
  • University of Iowa (B.A., Journalism and Broadcasting (double major), with distinction, 1981)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Various Tribal Courts

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • International Masters of Gaming Law, Past President
  • International Association of Gaming Attorneys
  • Executive Editor, Gaming Law Review and Economics
  • American Bar Association
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • Business Law Section, Executive Council
    • Gaming Law Committee & Tribal Courts
    • Commission on Domestic Violence, Past Member
    • House of Delegates, Past Member
    • Young Lawyers Division, Past Officer
  • State Bar of Arizona
    • Indian Law Section, Founding Member and Past Chairperson
    • Young Lawyers Division, Past Executive Officer
    • Arizona High School Mock Trial Program, Past State Legal Counsel Coordinator
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, Past President
    • Young Lawyers Division, Past President
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona, Founding Member
  • Judge Pro Tem for Arizona Court of Appeals and Maricopa County Superior Court
  • Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, Past Attorney Member
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel

Representative Presentations & Publications

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Women in Law Awards, Gaming Law, Lawyer Monthly Magazine (2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law, Native American Law (2005-2014)
    • Phoenix Gaming Lawyer of the Year (2011)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Native American Law (2014)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Native American Law (2009-2013); Gaming & Licensing (2013)
  • Chambers Global: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Gaming & Gambling (Global-Wide) (2012-2013)
  • The International Who's Who of Sports & Entertainment Lawyers, Who's Who Legal (2013)
  • Lawdragon Top 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010-2011)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers (2011)
  • Greater Phoenix Attorney at Law Magazine feature story, "The Women of Snell & Wilmer" (December 2009)
  • Casino Enterprise Management feature story, "The 2006 Great Women of Gaming" (March 2007)
  • Top Ten Great Women of Gaming (2006)
  • Profile, Phoenix Magazine (November 2006)
  • Profile, Phoenix Business Journal (June 2005)
  • First American Leadership Award, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (2001)
  • Valley Influential-Law, Phoenix Business Journal (1999)

Community Involvement

  • Maricopa County Justice Museum & Learning Center, Founding Member
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Honoring Justice O'Connor, Executive Committee
  • Women’s Leadership Council for Valley of the Sun United Way, Inaugural Member
  • Tocqueville Society, Member
  • ASU Native American Law Students, Mentor
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • National Charity League, Camelback Mountain Chapter
    • President (2011-2012)
    • President Elect (2010-2011)
    • Vice President of Philanthropy (2009-2010)
  • Boy Scout Troop 6, Adult Leader and Merit Badge Counselor
  • University of Iowa College of Law Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Prince of Peace Church, volunteer
  • Arcadia High School, volunteer
  • Ingleside Middle School, volunteer

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