Crowe & Dunlevy recently announced two attorneys have joined the firm’s Indian Law & Gaming practice group. Christina M. Vaughn is a director in the firm’s Tulsa office, while Jennifer N. Lamirand is an associate in the Oklahoma City office.
“These two additions significantly strengthen our firm and our growing practice group,” said D. Michael McBride III, director at Crowe & Dunlevy and chair of the Indian Law & Gaming practice group. “Their experience in Native American, litigation, energy, environment, insurance and general business law will provide our clients with exceptional counsel.”
Vaughn is a member of the firm’s Indian Law & Gaming, Litigation & Trial and Energy, Environment & Natural Resources practice groups. She is experienced in commercial litigation, business torts, oil and gas, environmental law, and devotes an extensive portion of her practice to Native American law.
Vaughn currently serves as Attorney General for one of the largest Indian tribes in Oklahoma. Her Native American law practice includes representing Indian tribes in federal courts and before federal agencies, drafting legislation, providing legal guidance regarding internal tribal matters and external matters affecting tribes, assisting with elections, gaming regulatory and compliance matters and litigation, tribal court juvenile proceedings, tribal housing authority matters, and negotiating agreements with the state, the federal government, and other tribes. She is admitted to practice in a number of tribal courts, including the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Osage Nation, as well as the United States Court of Indian Offenses. In addition, Vaughn represents clients in transactional matters such as commercial contracts, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) issues, class actions, management agreements and joint partnership agreements.
Vaughn has been named one of Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ Top 25 Women. She was selected as a Rising Star in the areas of Native American Law, civil litigation defense and environmental litigation, a Super Lawyer in Native American Law, and was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA for Native American law. An Oklahoma native, she graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law with highest honors; earning a Juris Doctor and certificate in Native American law. She also graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Lamirand is a member of the firm’s Indian Law & Gaming, Litigation & Trial and Insurance practice groups. She is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her practice includes litigation matters with a primary focus on Native American law, insurance coverage, insurance claims and contract disputes. Prior to joining Crowe & Dunlevy, Lamirand worked as a litigation attorney at an international law firm based in Los Angeles, California.
She holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she graduated with merit and received distinctions in International Business Transactions: Commercial Litigation, International Business Transactions: Transnational Torts, and Art and Antiquities Law. Lamirand also graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she received her Juris Doctor and entered the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.