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 served as 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 helped direct NCAI in its advocacy on Capitol Hill, in the agencies and in the courts, and establish positions on land into trust, gaming, appropriations, federal recognition, taxation, economic development, healthcare, child welfare, veterans’ 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 serves on the National Council of the National Museum of the American Indian, and is the President of Strategies for International Development, a non-profit serving American Indian farmers in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Peru.

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.

Practice Areas


J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1988

B.A., University of Delaware, 1985

Bar Memberships

District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Activities

Native American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

The Federalist Society

John Carroll Society

President, Strategies for International Development

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

Member, National Energy Resources Organization

National Republican Club of Capitol Hill