Scott Crowell

History Photo Crowell”United Tribes Compact Negotiations with Gov. Davis’ Administration, Spring 1999”






Scott attended Arizona State Law School from 1981 to 1984 where he earned his Juris Doctorate and graduated as a Pedric Scholar. Scott served a resident externship with the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco. He also performed an internship with the Governor ’s Task Force on Tribal Sovereignty and Jurisdiction, established by then-Governor Bruce Babbitt after he vetoed a series of bills designed to erode the voting rights of Native Americans. Scott also served on the Moot Court Board at Arizona State. During the last two years of law school, he worked as a law clerk for the firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, a medium-size commercial law firm located in Phoenix, Arizona. Scott also worked as a research assistant to Arizona State Law Professor Charles Calleros, assisting in development of law review articles on issues regarding the interpretation and application of civil rights laws.


Scott completed his undergraduate education on a debate scholarship at Arizona State University. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1980. Scott earned a membership into the Phi Beta Kappa and Micron Delta Epsilon honor fraternities. Scott won numerous debate championships and received many awards on the national collegiate debate circuit. He also taught, coached, and judged for high school debate programs throughout his college years.


• After law school, Scott went to work as an attorney for Burch & Cracchiolo from 1984 to 1988. Most of his work involved complex securities fraud litigation. Occasionally, Scott was able to handle Indian law matters including lead counsel in litigation obtaining a judgment under civil rights laws against the Gila County Sheriff’s Department for failure to adequately train county law enforcement officers regarding limits of state jurisdiction on Indian Land. Yee v. Gila County Sheriff’s Department. This experience motivated Scott to change direction so that he could devote more attention to Native American issues.

• In the winter of 1989, Scott relocated to Seattle, Washington. While establishing himself in the Seattle area, he formed a partnership with Jim Spady, Spady & Crowell. Scott’s clients included Dillon Enterprises, an individually owned Puyallup Tribal corporation. From 1990 – 1991, Scott worked full time as an employee of Dillon Enterprises.

• In 1991, Scott established Crowell Law Office – Tribal Advocacy Group and at the same time began working with the Spokane Tribe of Indians. With rare exception, the firm has represented tribal governments exclusively. For eleven months in 2000, Scott entered into partnership with Monteau, Peebles and Crowell, but left the partnership to maintain his independence in aggressively representing his clients. Since 1991, Crowell Law Office – Tribal Advocacy Group has grown substantially every year to where the firm now represents a number of tribes throughout the United States.

• For a list of major cases in which Scott was significantly involved, please click the Notable Cases icon above.


Scott has given presentations or taught at numerous seminars including but not limited to:

• 2014-2015, American Bar Association, National Institute on the Gaming Law Minefield

• 2012-2015, International Masters of Gaming Law, Spring Conference.

• 2014, Federal Bar Association

• 2015, California Gaming Law Summit

• 2007 – 2015 Northwest Gaming Law Summit

• 1995, 1997, 2008 – 2010 World Gaming Congress Conference (including new format of webinar in October, 2010)

• 2010 Florida Gaming Summit

• 2010 California Indian Law Association, Indian Law Conference

• 2010 Casinofest

• 1993, 1999 and 2003 NAGRA (North American Gaming Regulators Association) Conference

• 1996 and 1997 University of Washington Western Indian Law Symposium

• 2006 and 2007 Native American Finance and Economic Development Conference

• Additionally, Scott has made presentations at several seminars and conventions sponsored by IGBE (International Gaming and Business Exposition), the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Gaming Association, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, the Washington Indian Gaming Association, and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

• Scott has testified before the United States’ Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the United States House Committee on Natural Resources, the State Legislatures in Washington, Idaho, Texas and California, the Washington State Gambling Commission, the Governor’s Gaming Task Force in Idaho, The National Gambling Impact Study Commission, and the Public Sector Gaming Commission.

• Scott has also had articles and commentary published in the Gaming & Wagering Business and Indian Gaming magazine.


• Active license, in good standing, with the Washington State Bar Association

• Active license, in good standing with the Arizona State Bar Association

• Member of the Bar of State Courts in Washington and Arizona

• Member of the Federal District Court Bars of Arizona, Western Washington and Eastern Washington

• Member of the United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit Bar

• Member United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Pro hac vice (court granted permission on a case-by-case basis when attorney is licensed in good standing with the Bar of a State of the Unites States) admission in several federal District Courts and State Courts, including California, Idaho and Oregon

• Member of several Tribal Court Bars including Lummi, Spokane, Shoshone & Bannock, Yurok, Rincon and Coquille

– References available on request