Viejas’ in-house legal team receives professional recognition

Staff reports
11/23/10

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians recently announced that its in-house legal team received recognition for their outstanding representation of the Viejas tribal government and its business interests.

Kimberly R. Mettler, general counsel for the Viejas Office of Legal Affairs, is featured in an article in the November issue of Inside Counsel Magazine, describing the important distinction of providing legal counsel to a sovereign nation versus a corporate or other entity. The article profiling Mettler can be found online.

Mettler, a trained mediator, has recently been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Conflict Resolution Center.

In another honor for the Viejas legal team, Tuari Bigknife, deputy general counsel with the Viejas Office of Legal Affairs and chief legal officer of Viejas Enterprises, has been named one of San Diego’s top in-house corporate counsels of 2010. The San Diego Daily Transcript honors the top in-house corporate counsel annually, along with the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The top corporate counsel honorees are selected by an independent judging panel. For more information on Bigknife’s recognition can be found online.

“We are very proud of Kim and Tuari,” said Viejas Tribal Chairman Bobby L. Barrett. “Our tribal community has been honored by their hard work, professionalism and commitment to preserving tribal sovereignty, and we are pleased to see them receive this well-deserved professional recognition.”

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