Maile S. Tavepholjalern joined the firm's Washington, DC office in 2013, relocating to the Anchorage office in 2016.  She works in all areas of the firm's practice.  Before joining the firm, Ms. Tavepholjalern clerked for Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales at the Arizona Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt at the United States Court of Federal Claims.  During law school, she interned at the Navajo Nation Supreme Court and at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona.  She also interned at the firm's DC and Anchorage offices.  Ms. Tavepholjalern received her J.D. from Yale Law School and received her B.A., magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Ms. Tavepholjalern has experience in federal court litigation on issues relating to Alaska Native allotments and the management of tribal trust resources.  She has advised tribal clients on amending tribal constitutions and on Freedom of Information Act matters and has drafted contracts for the construction of infrastructure projects on tribal lands.  Ms. Tavepholjalern has also assisted clients in responding to federal requests for comments on proposed rules. 

Judicial Clerkships

  • Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales - Arizona Supreme Court
  • Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt - U.S. Court of Federal Claims


Yale Law School, J.D., 2011

Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Hawai'i, 2011
  • District of Columbia, 2014
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 2014