Phil Katzen

Phil Katzen retired from the practice of law at the end of 2021. Phil was a founding member of Kanji & Katzen and he served as the firm’s Managing Attorney until he retired from membership in the firm and full-time work, converting to Of-Counsel from June 1, 2016 to December 30, 2021. Kanji & Katzen is a law firm dedicated to advocacy on behalf of Indian tribes and peoples. Phil earned his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1977. Phil represented and consulted with tribes across the country on a wide variety of issues, including sovereignty and governance, treaty fishing and hunting rights, Indian gaming, environmental protection, reservation boundaries, taxation and jurisdictional matters. Prior to starting his own firm, Phil served as a staff attorney and Native American Project Director for Evergreen Legal Services (later Columbia Legal Services) in Washington state. Phil joined the CELP board in December of 2019.