Professional Profile

Cari L. Baermann

Associate Attorney

Cari Baermann is an associate attorney in our Portland, Oregon office. Her practice areas focus on advising tribes on a variety of issues, with a particular concentration in tribal housing, tribal gaming, and education.  In the housing area, she assists clients with a variety of issues, including drafting and implementing housing program policies and procedures, personnel issues, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects, landlord-tenant issues, evictions, and drafting contracts.  She also assists tribal clients with gaming licensing matters and compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and Tribal-State Gaming Compacts

Cari joined Hobbs Straus in 2019, after receiving a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School.  While attending law school, Cari was an active officer of the Native American Law Students Association and was the Notes & Comments Editor of the Lewis & Clark Environmental Law Review.  She received a certification in Public Interest Law, with a focus on Indian Law and Native American rights.  She also co-authored The Belloni Decision and Its Legacy: United States v. Oregon and Its Far-Reaching Effects After a Half-Century.

During law school, she clerked with the Department of Interior Office of the Solicitor, the Office of the Federal Public Defender, and the Oregon Justice Resource Center where she worked on tribal property rights, tribal criminal justice and jurisdictional issues, treaty fishing rights, tribal religious rights, and environmental law in both state and federal courts.

Outside the office, Cari enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, white-water and sea kayaking, Ultimate Frisbee, and reading novels.

Selected Publications

The Belloni Decision and Its Legacy: United States v. Oregon and Its Far-Reaching Effects After a Half-Century, 49 Envtl. L. (Forthcoming 2020).

Professional Organizations

Oregon Bar Association – Indian Law Section


Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D., cum laude, 2019
University of Oregon, B.A., 2011

Bar Admissions

Various Tribal Courts

Practice Concentration:

Indian Housing