Michael-Corey F. Hinton


Michael-Corey F. Hinton


Phone: 207.771.9238 Fax: 207.772.3627 Email: mchinton@dwmlaw.com

84 Marginal Way, Suite 600 Portland, ME 04101-2480

Assistant: Jennifer Leonard Email: jleonard@dwmlaw.com


Corey Hinton, Leader of the firm’s Tribal Nations Practice Group, advises Tribal Nations, Tribe-owned entities, and entities that interface with Tribes on federal Indian law and policy, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, employment matters, economic development, environmental and natural resource issues, and the fee-to-trust process. A citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe (Sipayik), Corey draws from a uniquely deep well of experience to deliver significant value to his clients.

Corey has substantial experience with the commercial, transactional, and resource management issues related to natural resources – including Tribal and non-Tribal owned Improved Forest Management (IFM) carbon offset projects. In 2016, he assisted the Passamaquoddy Tribe to establish an IFM that was recognized in California for removing 3.8 million tons of greenhouse gases in furtherance of California’s “cap-and-trade” program.

Corey has represented clients before a variety of federal administrative agencies including Indian Health Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of the Interior (including National Indian Gaming Commission, Office of Indian Gaming, Bureau of Indian Education, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation). Corey also regularly represents clients in government-building, ethics and employment policies, negotiation and administration of Public Law 93-638 programs, and real estate transactions.

A separate focus of Corey’s work is with non-profit entities that serve indigenous, socially-disadvantaged, and under privileged communities. Corey advises non-profit clients on a wide range of subjects including strategic planning, internal governance issues, employment matters, fundraising, programmatic development, and transactional issues.

Prior to joining Drummond Woodsum, Corey spent time at the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He is the former president of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C.  He’s also a former Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team member.

In his free time, Corey enjoys spending time with his family, their dog, and two cats. He takes Passamaquoddy language classes, organizes sports/life skills camps for Tribal Nations youth, and volunteers for the Maine Justice Foundation and the Abbe Museum. Corey also serves on the Executive Committee for the Thompson Brothers’ 4 the Future Foundation, which inspires youth by creating community-based opportunities at the intersection of culture and healthy lifestyles (https://www.4thefuturefoundation.org/).


Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, J.D., 2011

Colgate University, B.A., 2008


Chambers USA, Native American Law, Up and Coming

Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” – Native American Law

Rising Star, Native American Law, Super Lawyers

2018 Indian Legal Program (ILP) Emerging Leader Award presented by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (ASU)

Mentor of the Year, Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

City Year, Idealist of the Year

Akin Gump, Pro Bono Associate of the Year

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law School


Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik

State Bar of Arizona

Washington, D.C. Bar Association

Community/Public Service

4 the Future Foundation
Executive Committee Member

Abbe Museum

Sports and life skills camps for Native American youth
Grassroots organizer

Native American Bar Association of DC
Former President

Maine Justice Foundation, Racial Justice Fund
Advisory Committee Member

Past Presentations

From October 2, 2023 7:00 pm

PLAY! Seminar: “The Creator’s Game: The Indigenous Roots of the Game called “Lacrosse”, Colby College

From September 29, 2023 9:00 am

USET: Restoring the Path of Healing to Wellness Conference

From June 20, 2023 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – June

From March 7, 2023 8:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit – March (CA)

NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to provide Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training to HR Professionals in Indian Country

From March 6, 2023 8:30 am

Tribal Leadership in Employment

From January 10, 2023 12:00 pm

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification VIRTUAL Summit

NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to take the Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training virtual.

From September 26, 2022 9:00 am

2022 NNAHRA 26th Annual Conference (San Antonio) September 26-28th

From March 31, 2022 8:00 am

Corey Hinton Presents at Facilitating Wabanaki Access – 2022 Maine Land Conservation Conference

From June 1, 2021 12:00 pm

The Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Virtual Summit

From March 30, 2021 12:00 am

Panelist for Building a Better Bar – The Necessity of Race, Diversity, and Inclusion Efforts in Maine’s Court System

From March 23, 2021 12:00 pm

Tribal Human Resource Professional (THRP) Virtual Certification

From June 10, 2020 8:30 am

HR in the Time of COVID-19

From March 11, 2020 9:00 am

Assessing and Resolving Workplace Conflict and Allegations

From October 9, 2019 12:00 pm

Tribal Employment and #MeToo, TICA Indigenous Law Conference

From June 10, 2019 9:00 am

Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification Summit

From March 18, 2019 9:00 am

The Tribal Human Resources Professionals Certification (THRP) Summit