Paul Moorehead is a principal in Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville's Indian Tribal Governments group.

Paul's practice is dedicated exclusively to federal Indian law and policy. He focuses on initiatives, policies and programs that affect Indian tribal governments and Native American people, including appropriations, commercial transactions, energy and natural resources development, trust reform, environmental protection, gaming, healthcare and tele­medicine, housing and infrastructure development, tribal self-governance, taxation, and Indian land and water rights settlements.

From 1997­ to 2005, Paul was chief counsel and staff director to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. In this capacity, his duties included legislative oversight of all federal programs and related appropriations for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Before serving on the Senate Committee staff, Paul was counsel and government affairs director to the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and most representative Indian tribal advocacy organization in the nation. In that position, he directed NCAI in its advocacy on Capitol Hill, in the agencies and in the courts, where he helped establish positions on land trusts, gaming, appropriations, federal recognition, taxation, economic development, healthcare, child welfare, veteran’s affairs, and a variety of other matters.

Paul has spoken to many national, regional, and local organizations on a variety of Indian-related topics, especially tribal governance and economic development initiatives. He has been recognized by Chambers USA for Native American Law since 2006. He also serves on the National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Paul holds a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware. He was formerly a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP.

Indian Tribal Governments
Tribal Policy and Advocacy

J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1988
B.A., University of Delaware, 1985


District of Columbia


Native American Bar Association

John Carroll Society

President, Strategies for International Development

Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Energy, Clean Air & Natural Resources Committee