Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Anchorage and Washington, DC.
What the team is known for Fields a strong team with significant expertise advising and acting for clients in matters such as treaty and subsistence rights, tribal acknowledgment, Indian gaming, trust acquisition and intergovernmental agreements. Attorneys offer assistance with high-stakes litigation, strategic counseling and business negotiations.
Strengths Clients report: "They've been fantastic. They have done everything that we've asked of them and made recommendations that kept us ahead of the game."
Another says that their attorneys "are extremely professional, candid, ethical and exceptionally skilled in their areas of specialty."
Work highlights Represented Arctic Slope Regional Corporation as an intervening defendant in litigation in federal court concerning an oil and gas development located on native land on the North Slope of Alaska.
Defending Klickitat Public Utility District against claims relating to damages to the Yakama Tribe's reservation allegedly caused by KPUD utility lines.
Significant clients Navajo Nation, Viejas Band of Jumeyaay Indians, Kent School (Connecticut), Pacific International Terminals, Cook Inlet Region.
Charles Curtis is a respected litigator with a strong reputation for his work with tribal entities, individuals and tribal governments in public policy matters, IP claims and environmental disputes. Sources call him "an excellent Indian law lawyer," adding: "He is a great researcher and has strong analytical and writing skills."
Co-head of the team Jena MacLean advises tribal and nontribal clients on matters including tribal treaties rights, trust acquisition and development issues. One source says she is "one of the brightest attorneys I've ever worked with: extremely dedicated and sensitive to clients."
Donald Baur co-leads the firm's Native American practice. His work includes matters relating to Alaska Native Corporations and subsistence rights, natural resource development, Indian gaming and business transactions. Sources describe him as "extremely knowledgeable in fee-to-trust administrative and litigation processes" and "one of the consummate experts in this field."