Amanda Saunders joined the firm in 2019. She works in all areas of the firm’s practice, with a particular focus on trial and appellate litigation and general counsel matters. 

Ms. Saunders represents tribes and tribal organizations on a wide range of Indian law matters, including tribal sovereignty, self-determination and self-governance, environmental law, taxation, employment law, and tribal economic development. Ms. Saunders has represented tribes and tribal organizations in litigation in federal, tribal, and state courts, as well as before state and federal agencies. Ms. Saunders has drafted and negotiated agreements related to the development and construction of tribal healthcare and other essential facilities, intergovernmental agreements, professional services, and a variety of other matters. 

Before joining the firm, Ms. Saunders clerked for Justice Craig Stowers (Ret.) of the Alaska Supreme Court. Ms. Saunders graduated from UC Davis School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Journal, Chair of the Environmental Law Society, and on the Executive Board of the King Hall Negotiations Team. During law school, she worked for a variety of state agencies, environmental nonprofits, and a private firm. Prior to law school, Ms. Saunders worked on environmental and energy issues in Colorado. Ms. Saunders received her B.A. in environmental studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Justice Craig Stowers (Ret.)
  • Alaska Supreme Court


University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A, 2010

Bar & Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2023
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, 2021
  • Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Court, 2021
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2020
  • Alaska, 2020
  • California, 2019