Helen Burtis

Of Counsel

State Bar of Arizona, admitted 2007 (Indian Law Section); U.S. District Court District of Arizona, admitted 2008; Gila River Indian Community Court, admitted 2010; Tohono O’odham, admitted 2010; Ak-Chin Tribal Court, admitted 2006 (currently inactive)

Biography

Helen Burtis has worked with Tribes and tribal governments since her externship for the United States Attorney’s Office and the Salt River Maricopa Pima Indian Community during law school in 2006 and 2007. Since 2009, she has dedicated her career to representing tribal governments and entities, with a focus on administration and infrastructure issues. Helen also has extensive experience in federal Indian water law, having participated in various regional water councils and assisted tribal governments in creating solutions to thorny and complex problems – especially as those solutions relate to obtaining cooperation from other tribal, local, state and federal entities. In addition, she has drafted lengthy and complex tribal legislation and tribal ordinances, and has provided advice and consult on Native American probate issues, estate planning, and estate administration. Prior to joining Rosette, LLP, Helen was a litigator for a Phoenix law firm (2008-2009) and served as a law clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals (2007-2008).

Education

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Certificate in Indian Law, awarded May 2007

Kansas State University, Bachelor Degrees in Business Management and Humanities (Emphasis in Communications), 1980

Achievements

Dean’s Award In Recognition of Outstanding Performance at the College of Law; Willard H. Pedrick Scholar, 2006 & 2007

William C. Canby Scholarship

CALI Awards for Excellence in Indian Taxation, Indian Gaming, Indian Legal Clinic, and Business Organizations

Contact Info

Phoenix Office
Tel: (480) 889-8990
Fax: (480) 899-8997