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Prior to the founding of the firm, Charles Hobbs successfully litigated early court rulings that led to a Supreme Court decision that the Tribe retained its treaty hunting and fishing rights after Congress terminated the Tribe. Menominee Tribe v. United States, 391 U.S. 404 (1968).

Attorney Biography

Chris Z. Cantrell
Of Counsel
Tel: 405.602.9425
Fax: 405.602.9426
Email: ccantrell@hobbsstraus.com

Chris Cantrell is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. Chris was an associate with Hobbs Straus from 2007 to 2008 and rejoined the firm as of counsel in 2013 in the firm's New Mexico office.

While in law school at the University of Arizona College of Law, Chris participated in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Clinic as a law clerk with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. In addition, he served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Since graduating from law school, he has devoted his legal career to the practice of Indian law. In addition to Hobbs Straus, Chris worked for law firms in Colorado and New Mexico where he represented Indian tribes and tribal organizations on a range of issues. He has drafted and negotiated numerous commercial contracts for tribes; drafted tribal codes and regulations relating to environmental, hunting, property and gaming matters; advised tribes on various tax issues; and assisted with real estate transactions, financings and incorporation of tribal businesses. Of note, Chris has assisted with several complex financings for the development of tribal gaming and hotel facilities. His practice at Hobbs Straus primarily focuses on transactional and gaming matters.

Chris enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the mountains and deserts of the Southwest.

Professional Organizations:
Colorado Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Association
New Mexico Bar Association
New Mexico Indian Bar Association
Education:
University of Arizona College of Law, J.D., 2003
Fort Lewis College, B.A., 1997
Bar Admissions:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Colorado
Oklahoma
New Mexico
Practice Concentration:


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