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Howard L. Brown

Practice Niches

Indian Law and Tribal Law. Indian law governs the complex relationship among federal, state and tribal governments, while tribal law encompasses the internal laws of individual tribes. Howard Brown is experienced in addressing jurisdictional, business, employment and education issues arising in Indian country.

School Law. School law encompasses federal, state and tribal laws that govern the operation of educational institutions. Howard Brown works with schools throughout Arizona and Indian Country on a variety of issues, including:

  • employment matters,

  • student rights and discipline,

  • development of policies and procedures,

  • compliance with public procurement laws and regulations,

  • open meeting laws, and

  • due process hearings.

Howard is also available to train school boards and school employees on governance issues, personnel policies and other education-related laws.





Howard L. Brown

Flagstaff attorney Howard Brown's practice focuses on business law, employment law, Indian law and school law throughout Arizona and Indian Country.

Howard Brown is a shareholder in the firm’s Flagstaff office. His practice focuses on business law, employment law, Indian law and school law. He also serves as a workplace investigator and hearing officer. Howard represents clients throughout Arizona and Indian Country.

Howard worked as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of New Hampshire (1997-1999) and the Navajo Nation Supreme Court (1996, 1999). He has published a number of scholarly articles and lectured on a variety of topics, including employment law, Navajo law, and ethics for elected officials.

Howard serves on the Navajo Nation Bar Association’s Admissions Committee and is a past president of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff.

practice areas

Business Law

Employment Law

Indian and Tribal Law

School Law

Administrative Law

Workplace Investigations and Hearings

professional memberships

State Bar of Arizona

Navajo Nation Bar Association

Coconino County Bar Association


Massachusetts, 1997 (inactive)

Arizona, 1999

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1999

Navajo Nation, 2000

Hopi Tribe, 2000

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2002

Gila River Indian Community, 2003


"Applying Navajo Employment Laws to State Public School Districts on the Navajo Nation," Inside the Minds: Emerging Issues in Tribal-State Relations, 2014 ed. (Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business)

"The Navajo Preference in Employment Act: A Review and Update of Cases and Rules, 2010-2012," with co-author Hon. Justice Raymond D. Austin, 43 New Mexico Law Review 397 (2013)

"The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Navajo Preference In Employment Act: A Quarter Century of Evolution, Interpretation, and Application of the Navajo Nation’s Employment Preference Laws," with co-author Honorable Justice Raymond D. Austin, 40 New Mexico Law Review 17 (2010)

"The Navajo Nation’s Peacemaker Division: An Integrated, Community-Based Dispute Resolution Forum," 24 American Indian Law Review 297 (1999-2000), reprinted in 57 Dispute Resolution Journal, p. 42, May-July 2002 (American Arbitration Association), reprinted in part in Federal Indian Law: Cases and Materials, Getches et al. (5th ed)

"The United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks: An Analysis of International Environmental Law and the Conference’s Final Agreement," 21 Vermont Law Review 547 (1996)

"Expanding the Effectiveness of the European Union’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law," 21 Boston College International & Comparative Law Review 313 (1997) (Law Review Note)

"Review of the Law of Business Associations," Navajo Nation Bar Review Course Materials (Navajo Nation Bar Association, 2002; updated 2005 and 2011)

"Review of Navajo Nation Peacemaking," Navajo Nation Bar Review Course Materials (Navajo Nation Bar Association, 2002; out of circulation)


J.D., Boston College Law School, 1997

B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science and Philosophy, University of Arizona, 1992

Community Leadership

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff: Member, Advisory Board; Former Member, Governing Board

Flagstaff Community Foundation: Distribution Committee