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An Oregon, Colorado and Washington attorney with a national practice, Wayne Shammel attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where received a bachelor of arts in English before gaining admission to Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he obtained his juris doctor.
Mr. Shammel began his career as an attorney at Faegre & Benson in Denver, Colorado. He represented clients at Faegre & Benson for more than two years before accepting a position with Dorsey & Whitney in Denver and then with Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians in Roseburg, Oregon.
Serving Cow Creek for 19 years, Mr. Shammel functioned as the tribe’s general counsel, overseeing financing and development of the $50 million Creekside Development project in Canyonville and the Umpqua Indian Utility Cooperative, which was one of the first-ever utility services owned and operated by a northwest Indian tribe. His philosophy involved serving the tribe’s needs first and foremost and then acting as a lawyer second. Today, Wayne Shammel leverages his experience to provide services as an independent attorney and legal consultant out of his home base in Roseburg, Oregon.