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Edward J. Hermes

Edward J. Hermes

Associate| Phoenix


Edward Hermes represents corporate, government and tribal entities in complex commercial disputes in state, tribal and federal courts. Ed has extensive forensic litigation experience and appellate experience in matters before the Arizona Court of Appeals and Navajo Nation Supreme Court. He advises tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) in compliance issues and policy formation in accord with the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act. Ed also represents and advises non-tribal corporations conducting business in Indian Country on the laws of native sovereign nations.

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  • Represented financial institutions in loan defaults, foreclosures, lender liability claims, lien priority disputes and other loan-related litigation in state and tribal courts
  • Represented companies, non-profits and governments in complex commercial and residential lease disputes
  • Counseled health care services companies regarding compliance with HIPAA and other state laws related to patient records
  • Defended tribal entities in complex state and tribal court litigation
  • Advocated on behalf of clients in appellate matters before tribal supreme courts
  • Advised and defended employers in litigation regarding compliance with tribal employment laws
  • Assisted clients regarding compliance with tribal and federal Indian law regarding economic development projects on tribal lands
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law (J.D., 2013)
    • Associate Editor, Arizona State Law Journal
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Dean's Scholar
    • Teaching Assistant, Ninth Circuit Judge Andrew Hurwitz (Civil Procedure I)
    • Teaching Assistant, Professor Zachary Kramer (Property)
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Law (Exchange Student, 2013)
  • Arizona State University (B.S., Public Policy Advocacy; B.A., History, 2006)
  • Arizona Bar Association, Indian Law Section
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona
  • American Bar Association
    • Business Courts Subcomittee, Vice Chair
  • "Post-Judgment Remedies and Domesticating Tribal Court Judgments," CLE Presentation, Navajo Bar Association Annual Conference (June 2018)
  • "The Future of Native American Reserved Water Rights," Co-Author, Journal of Water Law (2017)
  • "Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Litigation on the Navajo Nation," CLE Presentation, Navajo Bar Association Annual Conference (June 2017)
  • "Law & Order Tribal Edition: How the Tribal Law and Order Act has Failed to Increase Tribal Court Sentencing Authority," Author, Arizona State Law Journal (Summer 2013)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Native American Law (2018)
  • 20 People to Know in Law, Phoenix Business Journal (2016)
  • Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education (2017)
  • Outstanding Young Man of the Year Award, Tempe Rotary Club (2012)
  • St. Michael Indian School, School Board Member (2017-present)
  • Kino Border Initiative, Board Member (2016-present)
  • Osborn School District Education Foundation, Board Member (2018-present)
  • Move Osborn Forward, Treasurer (2017-2018)
  • Arizona Board of Regents, Student Regent (2005-2007)
  • Sparky the Sundevil, Official ASU Mascot (2003-2005)
  • Quarles & Brady LLP, Attorney (2013-2018), Summer Associate (2011, 2012)
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Attorney General's Office, Summer Associate (2011)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Legal Extern for Judge Mary Murguia (2012)
  • Day Kavanaugh PC, Legal Assistant (2009, 2010)
  • St. Michael Indian School, Dean of Students/Government Teacher (2008-2010)
  • Arizona Department of Agriculture, Director of External Affairs (2007-2008)
  • Office of the Governor of Arizona, Legislative Analyst (2005)
  • Spanish
  • Arizona
  • Navajo Nation
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • Gila River Indian Community Court
  • Navajo Nation Supreme Court
  • Oglala Sioux Nation Court
  • San Felipe Pueblo Tribal Court