SatisJames Fitting  

James E. Fitting


2901 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Ste. 101-G

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112





Professional Certifications


New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization, Certified Federal Indian Law Specialist,2006-2021

National Contract Management Association, Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) 1987 (Lifetime Certification, 2003).

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating “AV”

Martindale-Hubbell Client Satisfaction Rating 5.0 out of 5.0


Bar Admissions

United States District Court for the Second District of California

United States District Court of New Mexico

State Bar of California (Inactive)

State Bar of Arizona (Inactive)

State Bar of New Mexico

Navajo Nation Bar



National University School of Law. San Diego, California (J.D. 1987). AmJur awards in Administrative Law, Community Property, Criminal Procedure and Trusts. First in April 1987 Graduating Class

National University School of Business. San Diego, California (M.B.A., Law emphasis, 1984).

University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan (Anthropology, M.A. 1962, Ph.D. 1964). State College Fellow.

Michigan State University. East Lansing, Michigan (Divisional Social Science,History, Philosophy, Sociology), B.A. “With High Honor” 1960. Honors College, Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), Phi Gamma Mu (Social Science Honor Society)


2013-Present – Private Practice as James E. Fitting, Attorney, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Business, commercial, corporate, real estate and labor law in Indian Country and primarily on the Navajo Nation. Federal Indian Law. Representation of individuals and businesses either doing business, or interested in doing business in Indian Country and primarily on the Navajo Nation.

2007-2013 - Of Counsel, Luebben Johnson & Barnhouse LLP, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico. Emphasis on development and financing of business in Indian Country; representation of individuals and businesses either doing business, or interested in doing business in Indian Country; commercial and homesite leasing and financing on trust land.

2006-2007 - Of Counsel, The Frye Law Firm, P.C., Albuquerque, New Mexico: representation of individuals and Navajo Nation enterprises in business and commercial matters.

1998-2006 - Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Economic and Community Development Unit, Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Window Rock, Navajo Nation. Legal supervision of all economic development and local government issues for the Navajo Nation.

1993-1998 - Sole Practitioner, San Diego, California. Business and commercial law, employment law, commercial real estate transactions, administrative law, civil writs and appeals.

1990-1993 - Associate, Frega and Tiffany, San Diego, California. Pre-trial discovery and litigation in personal injury, wrongful death, lender liability and class action matters.

1988-1990 - Staff Attorney, San Diego County Superior Court.

1985-1988 - Contracting Officer, San Diego County Department of Purchasing and Contracting. Technical and professional services contracting, systems contracting and software licensing.

1983-1985 - Senior Contract Administrator, Amex Systems, San Diego California. Administration of $140 million family of contracts for development of the NTC-IS at Fort Irwin, California.

1975-1983 - Project and line Manager for the Gilbert/Commonwealth Companies, Science Applications International Corporation, Professional Analysts, Professional Services Industries and Professional Management Services. Plant siting, corridor selection, social impact analysis, and environmental services on projects within the United States and south Asia.

1972-1975 - Staff of the Secretary of State of Michigan. Intergovernmental relations, co-author of state Historic Preservation and Recreation Plans and State Environmental Impact Guidelines.

1963-1972, 1981 - Full time teaching of Anthropology at Wayne State University (Instructor, 1963-4), the University of Michigan (Assistant Professor, 1964-68), Case Western Reserve University (Associate Professor, Professor and Department Chair, 1968-72), Texas Tech (Visiting Professor, 1981).

Part-Time Teaching

Government contract management, governmental marketing, project management, and government contract law, business organizations, real property law, and civil procedure at the National University Business School (1982-84), West Coast University (1987), U.C.L.A. Business and Management Extension Program (1988-89), National University School of Law (1989-93), and Thomas Jefferson School of Law (1993). Teaching Navajo Nation Bar Review Courses on Navajo Business Law subjects (2000-present). Teaching of Anthropology at Mesa College, San Diego (1996-98) and University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch (2002 - 2006).


Author, co-author, or editor of 25 books and monographs including The Archeology of Michigan (Natural History Press, 1970) and The Development of North American Archaeology (Doubleday Anchor, 1972), over 100 history and anthropology articles and reviews, 200 contract reports. Journal and monograph series editor including The Michigan Archaeologist, Case Western Reserve Studies in Anthropology, and Southwestern New Mexico Research Reports. Editorial committee and contributor to Smithsonian Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 15.

Business Interests

Named as outside Director of Infotec Research, Inc. (IRI), a subsidiary of Infotec Development, Inc., in 1984. Participated in leveraged buy-out in 1987 (20% personal interest). Corporate Counsel 1987-97 for Company with $14 million/year in revenues. Company dissolved in 1997. Partner in Science and Technology Properties (real property leasing to IRI), Science and Technology Associates (personal property leasing to IRI) 1992 through 1997. Owner of Bernardo Plaza Liquidators to which IRI accounts receivable were assigned for collection after dissolution of company.


Member of the Board of Directors of the Fellowship Center, Inc., and the Fellowship Center Alcohol Services Program, Inc., and Secretary to the two Boards, 1988-1998. The Alcohol Services Program operated a non-profit social model 125 bed recovery program and associated sober living centers in the city of Escondido, California, which were owned by the Fellowship Center, Inc.


Member (2010-2016) of the Board of Directors of the Isleta Business Corporation and Chairman of the Board (2014-2016), a corporation formed by the Pueblo of Isleta in 2010 to manage the non-gaming business assets and investments of the Pueblo of Isleta. Member (2012-2016)and Chairman (2014-2016) of the Board of Directors of the Native American Insurance Group , a wholly owned subsidiary of the Isleta Business Corporation chartered by the Pueblo of Isleta in to provide a full range of insurance products to Native American governments and businesses.


Member of the Vestry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (St. Mark’s on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church) 2013-2016 and a member of the Personnel (2011-Present) and Finance Committees (2013-Present). Trustee of the St. Mark's Irrevocable Solar Trust.

Professional Service

Navajo Nation Bar Association, Bar Commissioner for Window Rock District, 2000-03, 2003-06; Training Committee member, 2006-present.

American Anthropological Association; Committee on Anthropology as a Profession, 1966-69, Chair 1968-69; Committee on Ethics, 1969-82.