Allison Binney, Esq. Partner, Akin,Gump, Strauss,Hauer & Feld

Allison Binney, Esq.

Allison C. Binney is a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, where she advises clients regarding American Indian law and policy.

Ms. Binney served as staff director and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs from late 2007 to early 2011. She served as general counsel to the committee from 2005 to late 2007.

While at the committee, Ms. Binney oversaw and assisted in efforts to enact numerous laws impacting Native Americans including provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that provided over $2.5 billion to tribal programs, the Tribal Law and Order Act, reauthorization and amendments to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, congressional approval of several class-action lawsuit settlements and Indian water settlements, and laws relating to housing, the leasing and development of Indian lands, homeland security and language and cultural preservation. Ms. Binney also oversaw congressional investigations and oversight of federal agencies that interact with American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

Prior to serving on the Indian Affairs committee, Ms. Binney was an associate in the American Indian law and policy practice at Akin Gump. Before originally joining Akin Gump, Ms. Binney served as an associate at a boutique law firm specializing in American Indian law, as the program coordinator for the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University College of Law and as a law clerk for the Native American Rights Fund in Washington, D.C., where she assisted with trial 1.0 in the Cobell class-action lawsuit.

Ms. Binney received her J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law in 2000 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico. Ms. Binney is a member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians in California.