Todd J. Araujo

 

Todd J. Araujo joined STSS in January 2016 as an owner/partner where he is working actively in all areas of the firm’s general civil practice, including real estate, commercial transactions, and litigation.

Prior to joining STSS, Mr. Araujo served as Assistant Attorney General in the Commercial & Fair Business Section of the Alaska Department of Law where he represented and advised 20 professional licensing boards and commissions, as well as 15 different state divisions, communication, and public corporations. Mr. Araujo also worked in the private sector as a local Juneau attorney performing general civil legal work.

Before moving to Juneau nearly a decade ago, Mr. Araujo spent approximately 8 years representing and advising tribes and tribal entities across the country in the following types of matters: contracts, gaming, corporate, land, economic development, regulatory and jurisdictional. He also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Tribal Justice in the U.S. Department of Justice where he assisted in the development and implementation of departmental initiatives and policies related to tribal self-government, sovereignty and law enforcement. Prior to that, he served as staff attorney for the National Indian Gaming Commission, and was the first ever court prosecutor for the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. Mr. Araujo’s representation of tribal clients occurred at all levels of federal, state and tribal courts, as well as before Congress and various federal agencies.

Mr. Araujo, an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), received his Juris Doctor and Indian Law Certificate in 1997 from the University of New Mexico School of Law.  He is admitted to the Bars of Alaska, New Mexico (currently inactive), and the District of Columbia.  Mr. Araujo received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was also a 4-year member and Senior Tri-Captain of their varsity football team.

Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law, 1997, J.D.
  • College of the Holy Cross, 1994, B.A (Sociology)

Practice Areas and Industries

  • American Indian/Tribal Law and Policy
  • Tribal Entities
  • Native Housing Authority
  • Native Regional and Village
  • Corporations
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Commercial and Real Property
  • Law/Transactions
  • General/Complex Litigation
  • Municipal Law and Government

Represented Clients

  • Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Seneca Gaming Corporation
  • Oneida Indian Nation of New York
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
  • Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Kiowa Gaming Corporation
  • Osage Nation
  • Gila River Indian Community
  • Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)
  • Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians
  • Agua Caliente Band of Indians
  • Hoonah Totem Corporation

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Juneau Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska
  • District of Columbia
  • New Mexico

Court Admissions

  • Alaska State and Federal Courts
  • New Mexico State and Federal Courts