Krystalyn Kinsel focuses her practice on litigation and Native American affairs. Prior to joining the firm, Krystalyn worked as a trial attorney in the Attorney General Honors Program of the Natural Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where she defended the United States in all aspects of civil litigation involving the Fifth Amendment, the Tucker Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Krystalyn is a recipient of the United States Department of Justice’s 2017 Outstanding Performance Rating Award.
While attending law school, Krystalyn served as a legal extern in the Chambers of the Honorable Susan R. Bolton in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and as a legal extern in the Office of Tribal Justice in the United States Department of Justice. She also practiced as a student attorney in the Ak-Chin Indian Tribal Court and the Gila River Indian Community Court.
Prior to and while attending her first year of law school, Krystalyn was a Legislative Associate and National Coordinator of Native Vote for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Washington, D.C. where she advocated on behalf of tribal governments by advising Congress and the Administration on national legislation in the areas of labor, welfare, health, and education. Krystalyn also coordinated Native Vote, a national campaign providing voter registration and election protection assistance to tribes.
Following her undergraduate education, Krystalyn was an investigative intern (the only undergraduate in a competitive law student internship) in the Office of Inspector General at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where she assisted in special examinations of programs and operations at the NSF or funded by the NSF.
Krystalyn is an accomplished pianist and has working knowledge of the Navajo and French languages.
- Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., Indian Legal Certificate (2015)
- University of Arizona, B.A., Political Science and Government (2009) cum laude
- Not admitted in the District of Columbia, practicing under the supervision of a licensed attorney
- Arizona (2016)
- Navajo Nation (2018)
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