Gabriela Rios
525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Practice Areas

Admissions: California

Professional Summary

Gabriela is an attorney with the Native American Practice Group and with the Real Estate and Environmental Team. She focuses her practice on advising tribal clients on a variety of issues regarding governance, environmental permitting, and contracts. She also works with the Labor and Employment Practice Group to advise clients on a various aspects of the employment relationship, including responses to discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims and revisions to employee handbooks and policies. As an active member of her tribal government, Gabriela provides a unique perspective to client service in that she has reviewed, selected, and worked with firms for various consulting services for her tribe.

Prior to her employment at Procopio, Gabriela clerked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, in the Office of Regional Counsel where she assisted in various enforcement actions under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.

Gabriela received a J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law with a certificate in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy. In addition to serving as an editor on the Arizona Law Review, she was also an officer for the Native American Law Students Association.


  • Cahuilla Band of Indians Housing Authority – Board Member
  • Cahuilla Band of Indians Economic Development Corporation – Board Member
  • Native Women for Change Workshop, Southern Indian Health Council, Inc. - Participant
  • Cahuilla Band of Indians Culture Committee – Committee Member (Past)
  • Tucson Indian Center Legal Referral Clinic – Volunteer (Past)


  • JD, University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, cum laude, Arizona Law Review
  • BA (Native American Studies), University of California, Riverside