Vanessa Minteer

Of Counsel

State Bar of Arizona (2008)
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (2012)


Vanessa Minteer has extensive experience working in the field of Indian law.  Her practice areas include land use planning and fee-to-trust, cultural resource protection and repatriation, tribal governance, Indian child welfare, and civil and commercial litigation.

Ms. Minteer has substantial litigation background representing tribal governments in various state, federal, and tribal courts.  This includes considerable expertise in motion practice.   She has also worked effectively with local, state, and federal agencies to advance the interests of her tribal clients and strengthen collaborative partnerships between tribal and non-tribal governmental entities.  Ms. Minteer has prepared tribal codes and ordinances, drafted federal legislation for tribes, and assisted in the submission of oral and written testimony to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Vanessa Minteer obtained specialized training in the field of Indian law, having received not only a J.D. with a concentration in this area but also a LL.M. in Tribal Policy, Law, and Government from Arizona State University’s Indian Legal Program.  Her comprehensive knowledge and dedication to the field of Indian law make Ms. Minteer uniquely prepared to assist tribal clients in achieving their legal goals.

Ms. Minteer is a member of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona.


American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University (2009)

Research Assistant, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (2008)

Cassiday, Schade & Gloor, LLP (2004-2005)

Field Museum of Natural History (2003)


Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Master of Laws (Tribal Policy, Law, and Government), High Pro Bono Distinction (2009)

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Juris Doctor, cum laude (2008)

Colby College, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, magna cum laude (2004)


Named Willard H. Pedrick Scholar (2006 and 2007)

CALI Excellence for the Future Award (Federal Indian Law, Cultural Resources Law, Sustainable Development, Human Rights, and Law and the Arts)

Co-Author, Tribally-Driven Participatory Research: State of the practice and potential strategies for the future, Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, University of Nevada (Fall 2009)

Contact Info

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