Todd J. Araujo has joined the law office of Baxter Bruce & Sullivan as an associate attorney, where he is working actively in all areas of the firm’s practice.
Araujo has spent more than eight years representing and advising tribes and tribal entities across the country for a leading global law firm. This work included such legal matters as contractual, gaming, corporate, land, economic development, regulatory and jurisdictional. He has also served as deputy director for the Office of Tribal Justice in the U.S. Department of Justice, assisting in the development and implementation of departmental initiatives and policies related to tribal self-government, sovereignty and law enforcement.
Prior to that, he served as a staff attorney for the National Indian Gaming Commission, and was the first court prosecutor for the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. He also served on the Wampanoag Tribe’s Judicial Task Force.
Araujo’s other credentials include membership in the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and recognitions in the Best Lawyers in America in gaming law from 2006-2011 and in Native American Law from 2007-2011. He currently serves as vice-chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, is a member of the ABA’s Native American Resources Committee and is a member of the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He’s a former board member of the Washington, D.C. Native American Bar Association.
Araujo was born and raised in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., receiving a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1994. He received his Juris Doctorate and Indian Law Certificate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1997.