Denise Turner Walsh
On January 24, 2012, Denise Turner Walsh was sworn in as the 2nd Attorney General of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, the first Tribe in the State of California to appoint an Attorney General. She is the first woman and the first Rincon Band member to hold this office in the history of the Tribe.
As the chief legal officer for the Tribe, Attorney General Walsh has focused on development of the Tribe’s legal infrastructure to assert and protect the Tribe’s sovereignty and right to self-government. As chief lawyer for the Rincon Band, Attorney General Walsh has worked diligently to secure the Tribe’s commercial footing in gaming, real estate development and investment-related transactions.
Attorney General Walsh began her career in Indian law clerking for the Colville Tribal Court. She went on to serve more than 5 years as a staff attorney at the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services before entering private practice as Of Counsel to Hobbs, Strauss, Dean and Walker LLP and as a solo practitioner. Attorney General Walsh is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles. She received her law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.