Attorney Profiles

Steve M. Titla

 

Steve Titla is a founding partner of Titla & Parsi, PLLC.  Steve is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and he manages the Globe, Arizona office.  Steve has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University (1980 – Dean’s List), a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University Law School (1983), and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix (2007). A veteran of the United States Marine Corps (Honorable Discharge 1976) and Arizona National Guard (Honorable Discharge, 1980), Steve resides on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.  


Steve has practiced law for over 35 years and has expertise in wide array of disciplines, including specialized expertise in all facets of Federal Indian Law, including Indian Gaming.   Steve has filed amicus briefs on Tribal issues before the U.S. Supreme Court and practiced in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the state courts of Arizona, California, New Jersey, Wisconsin and New Mexico, and Tribal courts of the Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe and White Mountain Apache.  Steve has served as a pro-tem judge in the Tohono O’odham Tribal Court, Tohono O’odham Court of Appeals and White Mountain Apache Tribal Court.

Kevin L. Parsi

 

Kevin Parsi is a founding partner of Titla & Parsi, PLLC and he manages the Scottsdale, Arizona office.  Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in 1994, his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University in 1997 and he received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Arizona State University in 1999. Kevin has represented Tribal Governments and Tribal Enterprises in various capacities for over twenty years. In addition to his expertise in Federal Indian Law, Kevin possesses expertise in a variety of matters including personal injury, bad-faith, employment related matters, corporate/commercial transactions, benefits related matters and real estate matters.


Kevin advises clients on structuring their benefit programs including self-funded health plans, retirement plans, short-term and long-term disability programs and life insurance programs.  Kevin advises clients on employment law matters including preparing and structuring personnel policies and procedures.  Kevin advises entities on regulatory and employment related matters.  Kevin represents corporate clients on entity formation and real estate matters.  Kevin has practiced before the Arizona State Court, New Mexico State Court, United States Federal Courts, US Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

May Reyhani Hajbandeh


May Reyhani Hajbandeh is a Senior Associate Attorney in the firm’s Scottsdale, Arizona office. May concentrates her practice in Indian Law and has represented Indian Tribal governments and enterprises for over 10 years.  May has wide-ranging experience advising clients on benefits related matters, including self-funded health plans and retirement plans.  May also advises Tribal Governments regarding state pension systems and represents employer boards administering the benefits of pension systems. She further advises employers on employment law related matters. 


May, a native Texan, attended the University of Houston where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2004 and her undergraduate degree in 2001. 


May is admitted to practice law in the State of Arizona (2008), the State of Texas (2004), and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. May joined Titla & Parsi in 2007 after practicing law in Texas for 2 years. 

Margaret Hirchak


Margaret Hirchak joined Titla & Parsi as an Associate Attorney in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Margaret served as a Staff Attorney with the Montana Legal Services Association where she represented victims of domestic and sexual violence in order of protection proceedings and family law matters in tribal and state courts. 


Margaret is passionate about assisting disenfranchised populations, including tribal governments, tribal members and individuals living in poverty. Margaret has extensive experience in Indian law issues and has worked in Indian Country in various capacities, most recently as Deputy Executive Counsel for the Crow Tribe of Indians. 


Margaret grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation and is a descendent of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming. Margaret graduated from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with an Indian Legal Program certificate.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and the San Carlos Apache Tribal Court, as well as the State of Montana. 

John Ryley


John Ryley (of-counsel) has been practicing law in Arizona as a member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing since 1967.  His legal practice has been primarily focused on Indian water rights litigation in state, tribal and federal courts. His practice has been mostly limited to trial and appellate work of all kinds since 1967.  He has worked with Titla & Parsi as of-counsel on various Indian matters including two wrongful death actions brought against a Tribal Indian Gaming Resort 


John recently received a certificate from the State Bar of Arizona acknowledging 50 years of practice in Arizona.