Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP has announced the addition of two new members to its team. Attorney Michael Carter has joined as a partner, and William “Evan” DeWitt is serving as a law clerk.
The growing, majority native-owned firm provides a broad range of legal services to Indian tribes, tribal entities, and individual Indians across the United States. It prioritizes the sovereignty, jurisdiction, self-sufficiency, and self-governance of the tribes it serves.
“These new hires support our firm’s dedication to Indian Country, and its ongoing efforts to support native attorneys and law students,” said founding partner Jeremy Patterson. “We’re very pleased to welcome Michael and Evan to our team.”
Michael Carter, pictured here, is an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation. Prior to joining Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP, he served as a prosecutor, assistant general counsel, and senior assistant general counsel for the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, Arizona. In addition, he gained valuable Indian law experience — specifically in the practice areas of criminal prosecution, Indian Child Welfare Act, gaming, tribal governance, tort defense, employment law, and taxation — with a law firm based in Oklahoma City.
Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Texas Tech University in 2006, and he went on to receive his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law at Arizona State University in 2009. While attending law school, he was active in the National Native American Law Student Association, earned a certificate in Indian law, and was a recipient of both the Indian Legal Clinic’s CALI Award and the ASU President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness.
Prior to earning his law degree, Carter was a teaching assistant at the Pre-Law Summer Institute for Native Americans in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also was a research assistant to Dr. Eddie Brown in ASU’s American Indian Studies department, co-authoring an article about tribally based participatory research, and a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice in Washington, D.C.
Evan DeWitt is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation. He joins the firm as a law clerk and recently took the Colorado bar exam. DeWitt is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. While attending law school, he served as the president of CU’s Native American Law Students Association and was the recipient of the Outstanding Native American Law Students Association Graduate Award.
Additionally, DeWitt worked in CU’s American Indian Law Clinic for three semesters. As a student attorney, he focused his research and advocacy on transactional matters, including renewable energy project development on tribal lands. He also served as the external chair of the Barristers’ Council Transactional Division; he was tasked with recruiting judges and coaches from the Colorado legal community to score and judge the University of Colorado’s annual Intraschool Transactional Competition.
DeWitt received a bachelor’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Between his undergraduate degree and law school, he worked primarily in human resources while simultaneously taking online paralegal classes. He enjoys snowboarding, playing disc golf, collecting vinyl records, and going on hikes with his dog, Benny.
Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson has offices in Louisville, Colorado, and Washington, DC. To learn more, visit nativelawgroup.com.
Patterson Earnhart Real Bird & Wilson LLP is dedicated to the representation of American Indian tribes, tribal entities, and individual Indians across the United States. Our mission is to support and advance the sovereignty, self-sufficiency, and self-governance of our tribal clients. We take time to listen to, and fully understand, our clients’ concerns so we can develop responsive and appropriate solutions.