Jeremy F. Wood


Jeremy Wood works with tribal governments in their commercial efforts to further sovereignty and economic development. He draws upon his extensive range and understanding of litigation to guide his tribal clients through their legal needs and to put self-governance into practice.

Before joining Schwabe, Jeremy spent several years at a global law firm representing Fortune 500 and other companies in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration. He advised clients nationwide on meeting the practical and legal challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and was recognized as an authority by trade associations and in media coverage on these issues.

Earlier in his career, Jeremy was an assistant city attorney for Seattle, representing the city in complex litigation and advising its elected leadership on issues of municipal governance. While in law school, Jeremy interned for the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Justice, gaining experience in each agency’s tribal efforts.

Jeremy also clerked at the Washington Court of Appeals, Division for the Hon. Ronald E. Cox, and externed at the United States District Court at the Western District of Washington for the Hon. John C. Coughenour.



  • Litigated for a gaming tribe over the validity of a tribal labor relations ordinance the tribe had been forced to accept in Indian Gaming Regulatory Act compacting.
  • Represented tribes and an intertribal working group to overturn a state initiative that threatened funding for tribal transit development.
  • Represented a state governmental caucus, upholding police records transparency measure.
  • Represented municipal government as co-plaintiff with several dozen tribes in setting aside federal decision to close and relocate National Archives collection of treaty negotiation records.
  • Independently represented private and public employers, tribal nations, intergovernmental working groups, and legislative caucuses in complex litigation, with extensive client contact, briefing, and court appearances.
  • Substantially revised Indian Country Crimes manual for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Advised clients nationwide on COVID-19 and vaccination issues throughout pandemic.
  • Assisted in representation of tribes in culvert subproceeding of United States v. Washington.
  • Secured early release of a pro bono client originally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Represented Tulalip tribal members in misdemeanor cases as an assistant tribal public defender.

Memberships & Awards


  • Williams L. Dwyer Inn of Court (2018-present)
  • Washington State Bar Association: Indian Law Section, Newsletter Chief Editor (2018-present)
  • Washington State Bar Association: Judicial Recommendation Committee, Member (2021-present)
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers in AmericaAward: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law (2021)
  • Order of the Barristers (2016)
  • University of Washington School of Law, Dean’s Medalist (2016)
  • CALI Award, American Indian Law (2015)
  • University of Washington School of Law, Pro Bono Honors Award (2013-2016)

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

"Employer Vaccine Mandates"
Seattle Society for Human Resources Management Chapter ‎Meeting ‎
September 16, 2021‎

‎"#WeGotThisWA Series: Employer Vaccine Mandates"
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce ‎
August 25, 2021‎

"COVID 101: Issues Facing Employers"
International Foodservice Distributors’ Association ‎

"Mechanics of Termination"
Washington State Bar Association
June 2018‎

"Wrongful Termination: Awful or Lawful?‎"
Washington State Bar Association ‎
June 2018‎

"Problem Resolution in Termination"
Washington State Bar Association
June 2018‎

Federal Court Denies Challenge to Oregon Vaccine ‎Mandate
Society for Human Resources Online ‎
November 5, 2021‎

Washington’s COVID vaccine mandates ordered by Gov. Jay ‎Inslee are among the strictest in the nation
The Seattle Times ‎
August 18, 2021‎

New Mexico Supreme Court Holds Tribal Casino Immune ‎from Workers’ Compensation Claims, CLAIMS JOURNAL, ‎‎2020‎

Preemption’s Silver Lining: The NLRA Offers California ‎Tribes a Shield Against State Labor Protections, TRIBAL ‎GAMING & HOSPITALITY ‎

Tribal Exclusion Authority: Its Roots in Inherent Sovereignty ‎and Recommendations for Federal Support
‎ 6 AMER. INDIAN L.J. 197 ‎

Eluding the Proper Scope of Federal Jurisdiction: United ‎States v. Johnny Smith and the Assimilative Crimes Act, ‎WSBA: INDIAN LAW NEWSLETTER 3 ‎

Can Employers Refuse to Hire Applicants Based on Alt-right ‎Views, HR DIVE ‎

A Border Not Their Own: The British Columbia Provincial ‎Court Holds Certain Colville Members Maintain ‎Constitutional Right to Hunt Amongst the Arrow Lakes
‎23.2 WSBA: Indian Law Newsletter 3 ‎

Endangered Species, Endangered Treaties: Protecting ‎Tribal Economic Development, Treaty Rights, and ‎Consultation under Secretarial Order 3206‎
‎4 AMER. INDIAN L.J. 131 ‎

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Pro Tem Judge, Federal Way Municipal Court, ‎Tukwila Municipal Court, Northwest Intertribal ‎Court System
  • Seattle Clemency Project, Pro Bono Attorney: 2019-‎present
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Pro Bono ‎Asylum Attorney: 2017-present
  • Seattle Human Rights Commission, Chair: 2016-‎‎2018‎
  • Senator Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Leadership ‎Fellow: 2017-2018‎
  • Rural Alaska Tax Assistance Program, (Yukon-‎Kuskokwim Delta), Tax Preparer
  • ‎2015 AmeriCorps Fellow: Metro TeenAIDS ‎‎(Washington, D.C.), Case Manager: 2010-2011‎




Washington State Courts

United States District Court of the Western District of Washington

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Tulalip Tribal Court

Outside The Office