Amber J. Bighorse
Compassion, empathy, and experience help me provide quality representation and customer service.
I am originally from the Western and Central regions of Oklahoma. I was born and had lived in Oklahoma all my life. But, after visiting the beautiful state of Washington in the Fall of 2013, I decided to make the Pacific Northwest my new home. I packed up my family and our belongings and moved to Tacoma in 2015.
I received my B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 and my law degree from Oklahoma City University in 2008. While at Oklahoma City University Law School, I also earned a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. After my admittance to the Oklahoma State Bar later that same year, I accepted a position as Staff Attorney for the Legislative Branch of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. During my years working for the Tribes, I served in various capacities: Lead Staff Attorney for the Legislature; Chief In-House Counsel for the Executive Branch; attorney for the Tribal Council; and, attorney for the Election Commission. I also served as the Tribes' Lieutenant Governor for two years.
My years in practice as an Indian Country attorney afforded me many opportunities to do pro bono work for individuals and families. This very satisfying work led me to begin a private practice, which I opened in 2011, aimed at providing much-needed low-cost legal services to those in Oklahoma's Native communities. I expanded the practice to help others - outside the Native community - who also demonstrated great need. I have provided low-cost representation in the areas of criminal defense and a wide variety of family law practice areas, including CPS investigations and dependency actions.
Moving to Washington turned out to be the best decision I could have made for my children and myself. I have visited nearly every state in the United States and have traveled to various and exotic places in North America as well as across the oceans - Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa, Europe. I have seen no place on earth as gorgeous and thrilling as the Pacific Northwest, and I have known no city better than the City of Tacoma. I am honored to have been welcomed and accepted by the wonderful people here.
As I begin my practice in Washington, I will rely on nearly a decade of experience handling family related legal issues. I hope to bring something positive to this community that I am so happy to call home.
- Washington State Bar Association
- Pierce County Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Native American Law Division
- Young Lawyer's Division
- Oklahoma Lawyer's for Children
- National Lawyer's Guild