While in law school at the University of Tulsa, Mr. Little Axe was selected and served as an intern with the Native American Rights Fund. It was there he witnessed the difficulties Native Americans have with the American legal system and courts in general. Those experiences harden his resolve to help Native people deal with their legal problems in manner that was respectful to both their culture and economic status.
After graduating, Mr. Little Axe not only became a founding partner of LAIC with Mr. Tripp, but also served as assistant to legal counsel for the Absentee Shawnee and then the Chickasaw Nation, before settling in as General Counsel for the Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma. From then to now, Mr. Little Axe has continued to serve other tribes as a Judge, Gaming Commissioner, Health Board Member, and Legal Counsel.
Mr. Little Axe resides in Miami, Oklahoma with his wife Claudia and children Troy III, William, Claude, and Jamison. Family is of the utmost importance and that value is reflected in Mr. Little Axe's leadership and the Firm's direction.
Mr. Little Axe considers himself a traditionalist who believes and practices traditional Shawnee ways. He believes this enables him to bridge a gap of understanding between Indians and Non-Indians in our society and that this understanding will help him help native people.