Native Law Group Welcomes Attorneys Donald Walton and Cassondra Britton

Aug 24, 2022 | News

Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys who are joining the firm as associates. Donald Walton joined Native Law Group on August 15th, and Cassondra Britton joined Native Law Group on August 22nd.

“We are pleased that Donald and Cassondra are joining our growing team of attorneys dedicated to serving tribal governments and defending tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction,” said Native Law Group partner Jeremy Patterson. “Donald and Cassondra have experience in business and land transactions needed to support tribal economic development.”

Donald is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy. During his service, Donald was called on to lead large and diverse groups of sailors and earned multiple personal awards and recognitions, including the Navy Commendation Medal. Donald served as defense counsel in the Regional Municipal Veterans Court in Tucson as part of the Veterans Advocacy Law Clinic.

Donald graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2019. He studied Indian Law with a desire to assist tribes in maintaining their sovereignty and promoting economic growth. Donald was an active Native American Law Student Association member and part of the Tribal Justice Clinic, working on multiple projects, including NAGPRA and tribal elections.

Cassondra focused her legal career on the intersection of environmental and energy law. She has experience in solar development, net zero housing, real estate disputes, property law issues, and complex business litigation. During law school, Cassondra completed internships with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Labor Relations Board, and a private law firm. While interning at the Environmental Protection Agency, she researched and drafted legal memoranda analyzing multiple statutes, including Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Federal Indian Trust Law. 

Cassondra earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in 2020 with a concentration in Environmental & Energy Law. In addition, she worked at the Vermont Law School Energy Clinic through a joint degree program and earned a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree in 2020.