Professional Profile

Nicole T. Russell

Associate Attorney

Nicole Russell joined the Portland office of Hobbs Straus as an associate in February of 2022 after three years practicing at the intersection of litigation, natural resources law, and Native American law for an Albuquerque firm. She is honored to now advocate on behalf of tribal interests. Nicole is a member of Navajo Nation Bar and the New Mexico Bar, and currently works remotely from New Mexico.

Nicole graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she participated in the full-year Harrison Institute Public Policy Clinic, served as Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and wrote for Georgetown Law Weekly.  During law school, Nicole externed at the Department of the Interior for the Office of the Solicitor, in the Division of Land Resources. Nicole also interned at the Alaska Department of Law in the Opinions, Appeals & Ethics Section, where she was exposed to Alaska Native Corporations and questions of tribal jurisdiction.

Nicole enjoys running, reading, road trips, and reality television.

Selected Publications

“To Further Justice in the Greater Native American Community”: Ethical Responsibilities of a Tribal Attorney in Disenrollment Disputes, 30 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 991, 1010 (2017).


New Mexico Bar
U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
Navajo Nation Association