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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Extensive experience handling contentious and noncontentious gaming matters on behalf of Native American tribes. Offers expert litigation skills in treaty rights, water rights and tribal sovereignty. Highly regarded for its experience in public policy and legislation, finance and tribal energy policies. Also assists tribes with healthcare, natural resources and employment matters.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's "depth of talent," explaining that its "varied practice and expertise, as well as the individual talent and skills of its attorneys, make it a firm that can be trusted to get the job done with outstanding results."

One client says: "Akin Gump has a wealth of experience and expertise for all of our legal matters."

Work highlights Represented the Crow Tribe in negotiating and securing the enforcement of a $500 million settlement provided to the tribe under the Crow Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010.

Acted for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in a dispute involving the acquisition of land which the DOI claimed should be held in trust on the Band's behalf.

Notable practitioners

Donald Pongrace chairs the firm's American Indian law and policy practice. He regularly advises tribal clients on gaming compacts as well as land and water claims. He regularly appears before federal, state and tribal courts, as well as federal agencies and Congress.

Peers praise Allison Binney as "careful and very hardworking." She routinely advises tribal governments on political strategy, election law and governance. Her expertise also includes housing, gaming and water rights.

Michael Rossetti is highly regarded for his "unparalleled tenacity." One peer explains that "he leaves no stone unturned," adding that "he is an invaluable asset for navigating the precarious federal bureaucracy." He advises Native American clients on a wide range of matters, such as land acquisition, jurisdictional issues and gaming.

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Dentons - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for An illustrious and well-established Native American practice working exclusively for tribes. Enjoys an excellent reputation for gaming work, environmental regulations and fee-to-trust land acquisitions, among other matters. Skillfully advocates on behalf of clients before state legislatures, Congress and government agencies in addition to its strong litigation and regulatory capabilities. Team members have experience working at the DOI, National Indian Gaming Commission and DOJ.

Strengths According to sources, "the team is highly skilled and devoted to its clients. The firm is large and has adequate resources to meet just about any client need."

One commentator says: "I hold the attorneys in the Native American law practice in the highest regard for their knowledge, skill and commitment to serving their clients."

Work highlights Advised the Cowlitz Tribe on environmental permitting issues, including obtaining EPA approval of its wastewater and underground injection control system.

Acted for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in connection with its efforts to place land into trust for a multipurpose commercial and residential development in Northern Michigan.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's Native American law and policy group Heather Sibbison is described as "simply the best in the country when it comes to her knowledge of the federal government, her skills and devotion to clients." Her "very impressive" practice includes advising Native American tribes on fee-to-trust requirements, land and water rights, and gaming regulation.

Peers hold George Skibine in high regard, noting that "his technical expertise is unmatched." He is further described as "the most knowledgeable person in the country on Indian gaming law." He handles a wide array of gaming matters including Class III gaming compacts, off-reservation gaming and regulatory compliance. His expertise also includes fee-to-trust transactions and self-determination agreements.

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Kanji & Katzen PLLC - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A distinguished and highly experienced group, noted for its representation of tribes in sovereignty and governance matters, treaty rights, taxation and jurisdictional issues, among other matters. Has a strong reputation among peers for appellate litigation at all levels, including up to the Supreme Court. Increasingly handling environmental contamination and fishing rights disputes as part of its growing emphasis on environmental protection.

Strengths Peers says Kanji & Katzen is "top notch," adding that "the firm's work is strong."

One market peer said: "I'd send them work in a heartbeat."

Work highlights Acted for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and four employees in a claim brought under the Endangered Species Act alleging that tribal hatchery operations had resulted in unlawful take of threatened salmon and steelhead.

Represented 21 tribes in connection with a lawsuit seeking to compel Washington State to fix 1,200 culverts under state roads which block access by salmon to spawning streams, thus diminishing salmon populations and interfering with treaty fishing rights.

Notable practitioners

Riyaz Kanji is renowned as "the top appellate litigator for tribal issues." He is "a highly regarded strategist" and "thought leader" whose practice encompasses a wide array of issues including tribal sovereignty, treaty rights and environmental protection.

Cory Albright is "a great lawyer, who is committed to the issues and very bright." He represents tribal governments in relation to tribal sovereignty, taxation policy and economic development.

Phillip Katzen is held in high regard for his "incredible knowledge about Indian law and Indian Country." He handles matters relating to tribal rights, protection of natural resources and taxation.

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Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A longstanding and respected Native American law boutique, well known for handling litigation and governance exclusively on behalf of tribal clients. Particularly experienced in water, fishing and hunting rights cases. Represents clients at all levels of state, tribal and federal courts and tribunals, as well as lobbying to Congress and federal agencies.

Strengths Receives significant praise as a "superb" firm which "consistently does great work for Indian Country."

It is described as "a great team" that fields "excellent lawyers."

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Reid Chambers is highlighted as "one of the people that helped to define the field in water rights settlements." He specializes in representing tribes in litigation, including treaty and water rights claims as well as jurisdiction and sovereignty disputes.

Lloyd Miller is labeled as a "fantastic lawyer" by peers. According to one source, "he has a high degree of specialty and has driven the case law and outcomes in cases against the US government." His practice encompasses self-determination, child welfare and treaty rights, among other Native American law matters.

Douglas Endreson is a "thoughtful, smart lawyer" who litigates complex disputes on behalf of Native American tribes. He focuses on treaty rights, environmental law, gaming and tribal jurisdiction.

Mary Pavel is "revered around Washington as a key figure in Indian law." She is a strong choice to represent tribal clients in appropriations matters and has a strong track record of working on tribal settlements and other legislative initiatives which affect tribal communities.

An "experienced appellate litigator," Harry Sachse is regarded as "one of the wise men in the area" of Native American law. His practice includes land claims, environmental protection and gaming regulation.

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Faegre Baker Daniels - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Provides high-quality advice to tribal and nontribal clients in a range of matters. Noted for its expertise in areas such as tax-exempt financing, Indian gaming law, real estate and environmental law. Assists in drafting tribal codes and constitutional amendments, as well as regularly representing tribes before federal and state courts.

Strengths Clients value the firm's strong service ethos and its deep commitment to its their business needs.

Work highlights Represented Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in connection with loans worth over $160 million to various tribes to finance the construction of new gaming projects.

Counseled Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in relation to a $155 million interim general obligation bank loan that allowed the tribe to convert existing high taxable interest rate bonds into a lower interest rate taxable loan.

Notable practitioners

Kent Richey primarily focuses on financing transactions, including bond offerings and loans. His clients include Native American tribes as well as financial institutions.

Aaron Harkins handles a wide range of financing transactions involving Native American law. He also handles litigation involving Native American land, taxation and management contract disputes.

Mariko Hernandez is a skilled lawyer who acts on behalf of tribes and financial institutions in relation to financing transactions.

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Greenberg Traurig, PA - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Caters to Native American tribes as well as corporations, government bodies and nonprofit organizations. Offers an interdisciplinary practice encompassing tribal economic development, financial transactions, energy and natural resources law, and federal policy matters. Has experience at all levels of tribal, state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Also offers capabilities in mediation, particularly in disputes involving energy projects affecting tribal land.

Strengths Clients say: "The team provides actionable counsel that draws from its deep knowledge and experience working on reservations across the United States."

Sources also highlight the firm's "outstanding client service."

Work highlights Acted for Fresenius Medical Care North America as defendant in multiple wrongful death and product liability actions filed in Native American tribal courts.

Advised Western Energy Alliance, an oil and gas industry trade group, and its members on drafting comments opposing the promulgation of hydraulic fracturing regulations.

Notable practitioners

Troy Eid frequently handles energy and environmental disputes between Native American tribes and commercial entities, including oil and gas companies. He has experience litigating at state and federal levels, and is also a highly sought out mediator. Peers note: "He has a unique understanding of both the practical limitations and political realities in Indian Country, which makes his legal advice invaluable."

Jennifer Weddle "sets the bar for legal excellence," according to one interviewee. She focuses her practice on tribal jurisdiction and economic development including natural resources development on tribal land. Her broad trial and appellate court experience includes arguing cases at the US Supreme Court.

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Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A boutique firm committed to Native American issues. Provides legal counsel and representation in tribal affairs, sovereignty issues, natural resources, healthcare and advice on economic development. Additional areas of expertise include gaming, housing and child welfare. Has represented tribal clients before tribal and federal courts, including several appearances before the US Supreme Court.

Strengths Hobbs Straus is "a revered Indian law boutique," known for doing "great work in Indian Country."

The firm's attorneys are described as "extremely knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners

Jerry Straus is held in high regard for his strong track record representing Native American tribes bringing sizable land treaty rights claims against the federal and state governments, as well as corporations. He continues to advise tribes on the regulation of high-stakes gaming, as well as handling financing transactions for gaming projects.

Joseph Webster is "very hard working, dedicated and extremely knowledgeable," according to interviewees. He focuses on Indian gaming, economic development, self-determination and taxation.

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Holland & Knight LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A flourishing Indian law outfit covering a broad range of matters including gaming, government relations and public policy issues. Also handles oil and gas transactional work for tribes, as well as aiding clients in navigating federal environmental regulations. Clients include tribal governments and Alaska Native corporations.

Strengths Clients note that the firm "provides excellent services," adding that it has "a wealth of expert resources available."

The firm is also praised for its "professional" approach.

Work highlights Advised the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians on its challenge to the Internal Revenue Service's rule introducing a requirement that tax-exempt bonds under the Tribal Economic Development Bond statute had to be issued within 180 days of the award.

Advised the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska on its efforts to recover land and authority, and to develop viable economic ventures to supplement the federal revenue it derives from self-governance authorities.

Notable practitioners

Philip Baker-Shenk brings to bear his "extensive background in lobbying" to his representation of Native American clients before federal agencies and policymakers. He provides wide-ranging counsel to tribal governments, with particular expertise in taxation, land recovery, tribal sovereignty and healthcare.

Kathleen Nilles is widely regarded as the "go-to person for tribal tax," regularly advising Indian tribal governments on state, federal and tribal tax issues. She also handles tribal economic development projects and IRS audits of tribes, and also advises on tax legislation and policy. She is "very well respected" among peers, who describe her a "preeminent" lawyer for taxation issues involving Native American tribes.

Walter Featherly is noted by peers as a "fine attorney." He primarily advises Alaska Native and Native American organizations on corporate law and governance, as well as land claims settlements. Clients highlight his extensive experience and "great institutional knowledge."

Jerome Levine is highly respected, with peers noting that he "played a very important role in the development of this sector." He heads the firm's national Native American law practice and primarily focuses on litigation and lobbying on behalf of tribal clients.

James Meggesto is "very bright" and "greatly respected in Indian Country," report sources. He focuses his practice on representing tribal clients in relation to the development and regulation of Indian gaming projects.

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Holland & Knight’s Native American Law practice distinguishes itself from others in the market in a number of important ways. We are one of very few firms with expertise in advising tribal governments and businesses on complex tax issues and defending them in audits, controversies, and BSA compliance. Our government relations success springs from our vigorous legislative and administrative strategies coupled with our litigation and negotiation skills. Our litigators are known for multimillion-dollar results in trial and appellate courts in areas such as land, water and other resource rights, gaming technology, tribal sovereignty, financing, federal relations, contracts, and jurisdictional disputes. When it comes to development finance, we counsel on complex financing structures for gaming and non-gaming development. The firm also has an impressive record of helping clients navigate federal environmental regulations, rights of way, permits and approvals. In the oil & gas regulatory and transactional space, we have negotiated large complex energy transactions, as well as drafted and prepared codes and regulations.

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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A burgeoning litigation, finance and government affairs practice, providing representation and counsel to tribal governments, organizations and businesses. Offers expertise in a range of issues, including land rights, labor issues and intellectual property. Also represents tribal clients in matters concerning tribal sovereignty and the protection of natural resources.

Strengths Clients note: "The firm's depth is exceptional," adding that it is "a full-service law firm in every sense of that term."

It is also praised for providing "quality work and expert assistance."

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in litigation concerning the tribe's federally reserved rights to groundwater in the Coachella Valley. The tribe was seeking injunctive relief to prevent the overdraft and degradation of the groundwater aquifer by local water districts.

Represented a group of 38 Native American individuals from the Kiowa, Apache and Comanche Tribes, as plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $50 million, against a natural gas company operating a pipeline across lands owned by the tribes.

Notable practitioners

Rob Roy Smith co-leads the firm's Native American affairs practice and handles all aspects of federal, state and tribal law including gaming, economic development, natural resources and tribal sovereignty. Clients highlight his "strategic manner" and "insightful advice," adding that "Rob is a joy to watch in court. He's calm, direct and consistently answers difficult questions persuasively."

The "incredibly skilled" Charles Galbraith handles government relations on behalf of Native American tribes. Clients comment that he "works tirelessly" and is "very knowledgeable in Indian law."

Venus Prince is "well respected," having served as Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs in Washington, DC prior to joining the firm. Her Native American law practice encompasses litigation and government affairs. She is "extremely personable and has a lot of good experience in Indian Country," according to sources. She is also described as an "excellent draftsman and researcher."

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Perkins Coie LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Fields a strong team with significant expertise advising and acting for local and state governments as well as corporations 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. Particularly experienced in disputes involving oil and gas projects, as well as gaming operations.

Strengths Clients appreciate the "breadth of knowledge, experience and networking that make Perkins Coie a powerful and valuable advocate."

Furthermore, sources note: "The team is very knowledgeable, professional and dedicated to doing the best job for the client. They are great partners in working jointly on issues of concern to the client."

Sources say: "The firm does an outstanding job representing its clients," adding that its attorneys are "experts in their field."

Work highlights Acted as lead litigation counsel for Riverside County in three suits involving the legality of the State of California’s possessory interest tax as applied to leaseholds of tribal and allotted land.

Represented Madison County, New York, in its efforts to obtain state legislation sharing a portion of revenues generated by the Oneida Indian Nation’s recently opened gaming operations.

Notable practitioners

Charles Curtis has a strong reputation for his expertise in Native American law and regularly represents corporations and local governments involved in negotiations and disputes with Native American tribes. Clients comment that his "work product is excellent and he is a very accomplished researcher and writer. He is a strong asset to have as part of your team when you're litigating Indian law issues."

Jena MacLean is a "great litigator" who co-leads the firm's Native American Law practice and represents both tribal and nontribal clients on matters including treaty rights, taxation, tribal acknowledgment and natural resource development. She is highlighted as a "very impressive" and "extremely knowledgeable" attorney. Clients also appreciate her "great strategic advice, policy understanding and ease to work with."

Donald Baur has broad experience as co-lead of the firm's Native American practice. He has advised on a range of issues arising under Native American law, including Alaska Native corporations, land disputes, gaming and tribal acknowledgment. Interviewees highlight his "terrific effectiveness in representing the concerns of his client." He is also praised as "highly skilled, very experienced and extremely tenacious."

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Focused on critical matters involving Native American lands and tribes, Perkins Coie represents government agencies, state governors, Indian tribes, commercial enterprises, financial institutions, trade associations and nonprofit organizations. Legal issues we resolve include:

  • Gaming law, tribal-state gaming compacts and off-reservation gaming
  • Tribal recognition by government authorities
  • Sovereign immunity
  • Taxation and tax exemptions
  • Internal tribal governance
  • Fishing, hunting and whaling rights
  • Aboriginal land claims and water claims
  • Mineral and energy extraction rights
  • Preservation of the environment
  • Treaty and subsistence rights 
  • Application of federal environmental laws in Indian country
  • Government contracts
  • Intergovernmental agreements
  • Alaska land selections and exchanges


Distinct for our representation of both Native American and non-tribal entities, our work on behalf of non-Indian entities results in our being one of the only national law firms capable of effectively handling Indian law issues from both the tribal and non-Indian entity perspective and we are particularly well known for crafting agreements on gaming between local governments and Indian tribes. Our representation runs the gamut from high-stakes litigation to strategic counseling, governmental affairs, regulatory review and business negotiations.

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Van Ness Feldman LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A comprehensive Native American law practice, noted for its strength in areas such as tribal energy development, natural resources and environmental law. Well known for its work advising tribal, local and federal governments on environmental preservation and protection of endangered species on Indian land. Offers significant capabilities in government affairs, in addition to its transactional and regulatory expertise.

Strengths Clients praise the team, noting that the lawyers are "very knowledgeable about the issues and the policy players. They have a network of great relationships."

One client comments that "the team is very capable and responsive," adding that it "delivers quality work product."

Work highlights Represented the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes in litigation brought by three local irrigation districts claiming that they were entitled to receive power from the Tribes' Se’liš Ksanka Ql’ispe’ Hydroelectric Project at a discounted price.

Advised Doyon on regulations promulgated by the DOI allowing the Secretary of the Interior to take lands into trust for the benefit of Indian tribes and individual Indians in Alaska.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's Native Affairs practice group Edward Gehres is "a careful lawyer who works hard," say sources. He handles a wide range of advisory, advocacy and dispute resolution work on behalf of Native American tribes, Alaska Native corporations and businesses working with Native American tribes.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A versatile, full-service firm offering breadth and depth of expertise encompassing finance, employment law, litigation, economic development, taxation and governmental relations, for both tribal and nontribal clients. Areas of expertise include treaty rights, gaming and healthcare. Also advises Alaska Native corporations on matters including M&A and natural resource management.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "in-depth understanding of the special status of American Indian tribes and their operations" and "corresponding ability to navigate through the intersections of Indian law and federal or state law."

Another client says the team is "very responsive to our requests and provides top-quality advice that we are confident in."

Work highlights Advised the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in relation to property tax matters, including plans by the Town of Sanbom to impose a state property tax on property owned by the Tribe.

Represented the Bay Mills Indian Community in an action filed against the Governor of Michigan seeking a declaratory judgment in regard to the legality of the Community's operation of a casino in Vanderbilt.

Notable practitioners

Skip Durocher is "a delight to work with," report clients, who also highlight his "great depth of knowledge." He handles complex Native American and gaming law disputes as part of his broad commercial litigation practice. He represents Indian tribes and tribal entities in state, federal and tribal courts, and clients comment that he is "very erudite and an excellent advocate."

Mary Streitz, cochair of the firm's Native American law department, focuses her practice on representing Indian tribes and tribal entities in federal, state and tribal tax matters. Clients praise her "critical advice in the highly complex and specialized field of Indian taxation."

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For over 30 years, Dorsey has provided a full spectrum of legal services focused on the needs of tribal governments, those doing business with them, and the unique environment of Indian Country. Key areas include: taxation and tax litigation, general litigation, finance, Alaska Native corporations, employee benefits, Indian health care, enterprise structuring and governance and economic development transactions, intellectual property and licensing, and real estate and land use.

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Drummond Woodsum - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Recognized for the excellence of its Indian finance and economic development practice. Represents Native American businesses as well as tribes in litigation, government affairs and transactional work. Frequently acts for tribes in developing, financing and subsequent operation of Indian tribal enterprises, as well as demonstrating great expertise in labor and employment cases. Also represents tribes in sovereignty issues and jurisdictional disputes.

Strengths The firm is regarded as a "fantastic choice for tribes."

Notable practitioners

Robert Gips counsels tribal governments on commercial and financial transactions involving gaming facilities, housing and manufacturing facilities. He draws praise from peers, who state that he is "terrific in transactional law and structuring deals. He is very skilled and very clever." He is also recognized as "a good strategic thinker."

Kaighn Smith is a "tremendous litigator" who leads the firm's nationwide Indian law practice. He maintains a broad practice within Native American law and receives particular praise for his "masterful knowledge of labor and employment issues." He also litigates matters relating to water rights, tribal sovereignty, gaming and environmental protection.

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Hogen Adams - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A specialist firm advising tribes and their partners in the Upper Midwest and nationwide on a variety of matters, including financial transactions, hunting rights and gaming litigation. Also assists tribes with drafting, reviewing and revising tribal governance and policy documentation. Additional areas of expertise include natural resource protection, labor and employment, reservation boundary disputes and tribal jurisdiction.

Strengths One client praised Hogen Adams as "one of the few firms in the United States that understands Native American law along with complex financing and litigation matters involving tribes."

Sources comment that the team does "fantastic work" and "really knows Indian Country."

Notable practitioners

Vanya Hogen maintains an active transactional practice focusing primarily on Indian gaming, financing and tribal economic development. Clients comment that she is "dedicated to providing excellent service and counsel," adding that "we appreciate her ability to think resourcefully, and to communicate clearly and articulately."

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Modrall Sperling - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Recognized expertise in a range of contentious and noncontentious areas, including energy, environment, real property rights and finance. Typically advises nontribal clients in the energy sector on structuring transactions and conducting business involving tribal nations and tribal lands. Considerable experience negotiating agreements for the protection of cultural resources, and advising on ethical issues and legal malpractice related to tribal law and enterprises.

Strengths One peer praises the firm's "thoughtfulness and way of presenting their legal arguments," adding that the lawyers "understand the legal and practical implications and consequences of their work."

The firm is described as "a very good Indian law boutique."

Work highlights Represented BakkenLink Pipeline in a challenge brought by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation to a right-of-way issued to BakkenLink in North Dakota for purportedly failing to adequately analyze the pipeline's impact on cultural and water resources.

Acted on behalf of the State of Oklahoma in negotiations with the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations regarding settlements of the Nations' claims to water in southeastern Oklahoma.

Notable practitioners

Lynn Slade serves as co-head of the firm's Native American law offering. Interviewees praise the "depth of his knowledge and experience," which includes environmental issues and natural resources as well as oil and gas. Sources say he is "adept at government affairs and negotiations, and also a great trial lawyer."

Litigator Walter Stern's practice encompasses environmental law, energy work, mining and public land management. His clients involve energy companies and other businesses involved in disputes with Native American tribes.

Brian Nichols handles all aspects of federal Native American law and litigation, including energy work, natural resources, transportation and employment issues. He regularly appears in state, federal and tribal courts. Interviewees find him to be "impressive," explaining that he is "a lawyer's lawyer. He is almost academic in his knowledge."

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Since 1978, Modrall Sperling’s Native American Law practice has represented clients in Indian country involving more than 40 tribal nations in over 20 states, including Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, and across the Southwest.  Our work includes: 

  • Advising clients in the energy and transportation sectors about structuring transactions and business practices to reduce the unique risks of doing business with tribal nations and on tribal lands on issues including sovereign immunity, treaty rights, and jurisdiction.
  • Representing clients in all sectors when disputes arise, often involving enforceability, jurisdiction, taxation, employment, cultural resources, and personal injury. 
  • Negotiating directly with tribal nations and structuring transactions to ensure documents support stable transactions, such as leases, development agreements, and sale of assets.
  • Drafting public comments on rule changes, including recent rights-of-way rules.
  • Drafting amicus briefs for key cases, including the Dollar General case in the Supreme Court.
  • Representing clients in tribal courts and agencies in litigation defining scope of tribal jurisdiction, personal injury and employment.  
  • Advising on business practices, for instance, compliance with tribal employment and tax laws.
  • Advising non-tribal governments in disputes with tribal nations, particularly regarding land status and taxation.


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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A Native American law group well regarded for its skill in financial transactions to fund health clinics, cultural centers and tribal infrastructure development as well as litigation and energy development. Represents Indian tribal governments and enterprises, as well as major financial institutions in relation to financing transactions. Also continues to serve as counsel on bonds transactions involving Native American tribes.

Strengths One client states that the "team's extensive experience, knowledge, and relationships and familiarity with other participants have proven to be invaluable."

Another praises the firm's "in-depth, industrywide experience" and "deep bench of professionals."

Notable practitioners

Townsend Hyatt leads the firm's Indian tribal finance practice and handles financing transactions for tribal land acquisitions, infrastructure and gaming and entertainment developments. He is especially well regarded as a "very strong bond lawyer." Sources highlight his "technical knowledge, his thoroughness and responsiveness." Clients also appreciate that he is "professional, responsive" as well as "effective, efficient and client-oriented."

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Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Continues to impress in the Native American law space, representing tribes and entities doing business with tribes on a broad range of issues including lobbying work and matters pertaining to energy development, federal recognition and gaming projects. Advises tribal clients on healthcare, housing and environmental law. Other capabilities include fee-to-trust land acquisitions and tribal governance.

Strengths The firm is described as "great at what they do" by interviewees.

Notable practitioners

Paul Moorehead has broad experience within federal Native American law and policy. His practice includes advising on appropriations, energy and natural resources, Indian gaming, infrastructure and tribal self-governance. Sources say he is "very smart and really knows Indian law."

Kevin Wadzinski is well versed in various Indian gaming matters, including the development, financing and regulation of gaming projects. Other areas of his practice include tribal economic development and labor and employment. He is also sought out to represent tribal governments before Congress and federal agencies. Sources say he is "a bright guy with a great sense of humor," explaining that "he connects well with clients."

Brian Gunn handles government relations work on behalf of tribal government and is especially adept at matters involving the federal budget and appropriations. His expertise also includes natural resources, land transfers, taxation, energy development and healthcare.

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for Extensive experience handling financing transactions for tribal infrastructure and gaming projects, typically on behalf of lenders. Also provides governance, regulatory and litigation advice to tribes, tribal agencies and other entities conducting business with tribes. Acts extensively on disputes arising from the Labor Relations Act and land-to-trust acquisitions, as well as issues relating to tribal and cultural objects, centers and museums.

Strengths One impressed client praised the firm as "professional, accommodating, timely in turnaround and easy to work with."

Work highlights Represented Te wá tha hón:ni Corporation in an eight-week corporate refinancing worth $65 million, which included a term loan, a tax-exempt loan and a revolving line of credit.

Advised Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions in the negotiation and documentation of a casino development agreement with the Prairie Band Indian Community.

Notable practitioners

The "highly regarded" Christine Swanick co-heads the firm's tribal and Indian law practice group. She advises tribes and other Native American entities as well as companies doing business with tribes on a wide range of matters including contractual work, gaming and economic development. One client praises her "attention to detail, timeliness and knowledge of the subject matter."

Wilda Wahpepah is developing a reputation as a "fantastic finance and deal lawyer." She regularly counsels financial institutions on lending transactions involving Native American tribes. She also advises tribal governments and businesses on a wide range of matters including tribal jurisdiction, gaming, business development and environmental law. She receives praise for her "thoughtful" and "client-oriented" approach.

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WilmerHale - Native American Law Department

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What the team is known for A prominent firm renowned for counseling tribal governments on complex federal law questions and litigation. Also represents tribes in both strategic planning and litigation at both the trial and appellate level. Offers expertise in matters such as gaming, breach of trust actions and land claims. Represents tribes on policy matters, drawing on its strong relationships with Congress, the DOI, the Indian Gaming Commission and other key policymakers.

Strengths WilmerHale receives considerable praise for its "top-notch litigation counsel," with one source adding that the firm's "work is simply excellent in this regard."

Work highlights Represented San Luis Rey Indian Water Authority in connection with a long-running dispute concerning the settlement of water-rights claims among a number of Bands of Mission Indians and the US government.

Helped Tohono O'odham Nation secure a settlement in relation to a dispute with the State of Arizona over the Nation's construction of a gaming facility near Phoenix, which has involved resisting attempts by the DOI to take the land into trust and claims that the location of the facility violated the Nation's gaming compact.

Notable practitioners

Danielle Spinelli has substantial experience representing Native American tribes in appellate litigation, including gaming and land-into-trust disputes. Sources say she is "a very thoughtful and effective litigator, and a forceful oral advocate. She has developed novel and successful legal theories in defense of tribal clients, and her work product is crisp, extremely well written, and solidly researched."

Seth Waxman remains "a huge name in the legal field." His superb appellate litigation practice involves a notable focus on representing Native American tribes in high-stakes litigation, frequently before the US Supreme Court.

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Providing sophisticated counsel on complex regulatory issues and high-stakes litigation while leveraging the experience of some of the nation’s best strategic counselors and advocates focused on tribal issues.

Led by a former Secretary of the Interior and a former Solicitor General, WilmerHale’s Native American practice is uniquely positioned to counsel tribal governments on difficult or unsettled legal questions, and to advocate for the rights of tribes (and their partners) in complex litigation and before federal agencies. The marriage of our Washington DC experience—a core element of the firm’s brand—and our presence in the Rocky Mountain region enables us to understand the unique challenges the Native American community faces and reflects our commitment to helping our clients assert their rights, protect their sovereignty, and preserve their resources.

We focus on high-stakes, sophisticated litigation and complex, high-profile regulatory matters on behalf of our clients, representing tribes on a variety of issues, including energy and natural resource development, land acquisition, water rights, gaming matters, and issues of tribal sovereignty.

To learn more, visit us at: https://www.wilmerhale.com/native-american-law/

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Senior Statesperson

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jerry Straus is held in high regard for his strong track record representing Native American tribes bringing sizable land treaty rights claims against the federal and state governments, as well as corporations. He continues to advise tribes on the regulation of high-stakes gaming, as well as handling financing transactions for gaming projects.

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Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Reid Chambers is highlighted as "one of the people that helped to define the field in water rights settlements." He specializes in representing tribes in litigation, including treaty and water rights claims as well as jurisdiction and sovereignty disputes.

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Troy Eid frequently handles energy and environmental disputes between Native American tribes and commercial entities, including oil and gas companies. He has experience litigating at state and federal levels, and is also a highly sought out mediator. Peers note: "He has a unique understanding of both the practical limitations and political realities in Indian Country, which makes his legal advice invaluable."

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Dickinson Wright

From the Chambers USA guide

Glenn Feldman of Dickinson Wright PLLC is regarded as the "hub of Indian gaming." He frequently handles gaming development and financing transactions as part of his broader focus on tribal economic development.

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Drummond Woodsum

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Gips counsels tribal governments on commercial and financial transactions involving gaming facilities, housing and manufacturing facilities. He draws praise from peers, who state that he is "terrific in transactional law and structuring deals. He is very skilled and very clever." He is also recognized as "a good strategic thinker."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Townsend Hyatt leads the firm's Indian tribal finance practice and handles financing transactions for tribal land acquisitions, infrastructure and gaming and entertainment developments. He is especially well regarded as a "very strong bond lawyer." Sources highlight his "technical knowledge, his thoroughness and responsiveness." Clients also appreciate that he is "professional, responsive" as well as "effective, efficient and client-oriented."

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Kanji & Katzen PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Riyaz Kanji is renowned as "the top appellate litigator for tribal issues."  He is "a highly regarded strategist" and "thought leader" whose practice encompasses a wide array of issues including tribal sovereignty, treaty rights and environmental protection.

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Law Office of Arlinda Locklear

From the Chambers USA guide

Sole practitioner Arlinda Locklear is highly regarded, with sources describing her as "iconic" and "the godmother of Indian law." She is "the expert on federal recognition in the United States" and also represents Native American tribes in disputes involving land and water rights, as well as tribal jurisdiction.

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Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lloyd Miller is labeled as a "fantastic lawyer" by peers. According to one source, "he has a high degree of specialty and has driven the case law and outcomes in cases against the US government." His practice encompasses self-determination, child welfare and treaty rights, among other Native American law matters.

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Donald R Pongrace

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Pongrace chairs the firm's American Indian law and policy practice. He regularly advises tribal clients on gaming compacts as well as land and water claims. He regularly appears before federal, state and tribal courts, as well as federal agencies and Congress. 

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Faegre Baker Daniels

From the Chambers USA guide

Kent Richey primarily focuses on financing transactions, including bond offerings and loans. His clients include Native American tribes as well as financial institutions.

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Dentons LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Chair of the firm's Native American law and policy group Heather Sibbison is described as "simply the best in the country when it comes to her knowledge of the federal government, her skills and devotion to clients." Her "very impressive" practice includes advising Native American tribes on fee-to-trust requirements, land and water rights, and gaming regulation.

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Dentons LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers hold George Skibine in high regard, noting that "his technical expertise is unmatched." He is further described as "the most knowledgeable person in the country on Indian gaming law." He handles a wide array of gaming matters including Class III gaming compacts, off-reservation gaming and regulatory compliance. His expertise also includes fee-to-trust transactions and self-determination agreements.

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Modrall Sperling

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynn Slade serves as co-head of the firm's Native American law offering. Interviewees praise the "depth of his knowledge and experience," which includes environmental issues and natural resources as well as oil and gas. Sources say he is "adept at government affairs and negotiations, and also a great trial lawyer."

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Christine L Swanick

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "highly regarded" Christine Swanick co-heads the firm's tribal and Indian law practice group. She advises tribes and other Native American entities as well as companies doing business with tribes on a wide range of matters including contractual work, gaming and economic development. One client praises her "attention to detail, timeliness and knowledge of the subject matter."

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Philip M. Baker-Shenk

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Baker-Shenk brings to bear his "extensive background in lobbying" to his representation of Native American clients before federal agencies and policymakers. He provides wide-ranging counsel to tribal governments, with particular expertise in taxation, land recovery, tribal sovereignty and healthcare.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers praise Allison Binney as "careful and very hardworking." She routinely advises tribal governments on political strategy, election law and governance. Her expertise also includes housing, gaming and water rights.

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Charles G Curtis Jr

Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Curtis has a strong reputation for his expertise in Native American law and regularly represents corporations and local governments involved in negotiations and disputes with Native American tribes. Clients comment that his "work product is excellent and he is a very accomplished researcher and writer. He is a strong asset to have as part of your team when you're litigating Indian law issues."

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Skip Durocher is "a delight to work with," report clients, who also highlight his "great depth of knowledge." He handles complex Native American and gaming law disputes as part of his broad commercial litigation practice. He represents Indian tribes and tribal entities in state, federal and tribal courts, and clients comment that he is "very erudite and an excellent advocate."

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Gabriel S Galanda

Galanda Broadman

From the Chambers USA guide

Gabriel Galanda of Galanda Broadman is a "strong litigator" who has an enviable track record of representing Native American interests in high-stakes disputes, typically against local, state and federal governments as well as private corporations. He is described by interviewees as a "great lawyer," who "cares a lot about his clients and what's going on in Indian Country."

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Edward D. Gehres III

Van Ness Feldman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of the firm's Native Affairs practice group Edward Gehres is "a careful lawyer who works hard," say sources. He handles a wide range of advisory, advocacy and dispute resolution work on behalf of Native American tribes, Alaska Native corporations and businesses working with Native American tribes.

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Faegre Baker Daniels

From the Chambers USA guide

Aaron Harkins handles a wide range of financing transactions involving Native American law. He also handles litigation involving Native American land, taxation and management contract disputes.

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Hogen Adams

From the Chambers USA guide

Vanya Hogen maintains an active transactional practice focusing primarily on Indian gaming, financing and tribal economic development. Clients comment that she is "dedicated to providing excellent service and counsel," adding that "we appreciate her ability to think resourcefully, and to communicate clearly and articulately."

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jena MacLean is a "great litigator" who co-leads the firm's Native American Law practice and represents both tribal and nontribal clients on matters including treaty rights, taxation, tribal acknowledgment and natural resource development. She is highlighted as a "very impressive" and "extremely knowledgeable" attorney. Clients also appreciate her "great strategic advice, policy understanding and ease to work with."

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Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Padraic McCoy of Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP is considered to be a "very strong and well-regarded lawyer." He is especially active within the Indian gaming industry, regularly handling financing and development transactions involving casinos and other gaming projects. His clients include Native American tribes, gaming commissions and lenders.

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Steven Paul McSloy

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Paul McSloy of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP is "excellent in the transactional space," according to peers. He leads the firm's Native American practice group and regularly handles financing transactions involving tribal gaming, hotels, energy and infrastructure projects. His clients include financial institutions as well as Native American tribes.

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Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Moorehead has broad experience within federal Native American law and policy. His practice includes advising on appropriations, energy and natural resources, Indian gaming, infrastructure and tribal self-governance. Sources say he is "very smart and really knows Indian law."

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Kathleen M Nilles

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathleen Nilles is widely regarded as the "go-to person for tribal tax," regularly advising Indian tribal governments on state, federal and tribal tax issues. She also handles tribal economic development projects and IRS audits of tribes, and also advises on tax legislation and policy. She is "very well respected" among peers, who describe her a "preeminent"  lawyer for taxation issues involving Native American tribes.

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Rey-Bear McLaughlin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dan Rey-Bear of Rey-Bear McLaughlin LLP is regarded by peers as a "good lawyer, who does a lot of great work for clients. He is well respected in Indian Country." He advises tribes on a wide array of matters, including Indian gaming, financing and treaty rights.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Rossetti is highly regarded for his "unparalleled tenacity." One peer explains that "he leaves no stone unturned," adding that "he is an invaluable asset for navigating the precarious federal bureaucracy." He advises Native American clients on a wide range of matters, such as land acquisition, jurisdictional issues and gaming.

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Thomas L Sansonetti

Holland & Hart LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Sansonetti of Holland & Hart LLP is a "great litigator and smart lawyer," according to sources. He focuses on natural resources and environmental law matters, frequently counseling companies on approvals required for energy and construction projects on Native American land. Peers note that he is a "very solid, experienced and well-regarded lawyer."

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Drummond Woodsum

From the Chambers USA guide

Kaighn Smith is a "tremendous litigator" who leads the firm's nationwide Indian law practice. He maintains a broad practice within Native American law and receives particular praise for his "masterful knowledge of labor and employment issues." He also litigates matters relating to water rights, tribal sovereignty, gaming and environmental protection.

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Danielle Spinelli

WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Danielle Spinelli has substantial experience representing Native American tribes in appellate litigation, including gaming and land-into-trust disputes. Sources say she is "a very thoughtful and effective litigator, and a forceful oral advocate. She has developed novel and successful legal theories in defense of tribal clients, and her work product is crisp, extremely well written, and solidly researched."

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Walter E. Stern III

Modrall Sperling

From the Chambers USA guide

Litigator Walter Stern's practice encompasses environmental law, energy work, mining and public land management. His clients involve energy companies and other businesses involved in disputes with Native American tribes.

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Dorsey & Whitney LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Streitz, cochair of the firm's Native American law department, focuses her practice on representing Indian tribes and tribal entities in federal, state and tribal tax matters. Clients praise her "critical advice in the highly complex and specialized field of Indian taxation."

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Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Wadzinski is well versed in various Indian gaming matters, including the development, financing and regulation of gaming projects. Other areas of his practice include tribal economic development and labor and employment. He is also sought out to represent tribal governments before Congress and federal agencies. Sources say he is "a bright guy with a great sense of humor," explaining that "he connects well with clients."

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Jennifer H Weddle

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jennifer Weddle"sets the bar for legal excellence," according to one interviewee. She focuses her practice on tribal jurisdiction and economic development including natural resources development on tribal land. Her broad trial and appellate court experience includes arguing cases at the US Supreme Court.

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Kanji & Katzen PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Cory Albright is "a great lawyer, who is committed to the issues and very bright." He represents tribal governments in relation to tribal sovereignty, taxation policy and economic development.

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Band 3

Appleby Law PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Appleby of Appleby Law PLLC focuses her practice primarily on real estate and project development on tribal lands, which includes financing transactions. Sources say she is "fantastic, knowledgeable, practical, fair and available." Clients also highlight her "commercial and political awareness" as well as her "effectiveness and excellent client service."

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Perkins Coie LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Baur has broad experience as co-lead of the firm's Native American practice. He has advised on a range of issues arising under Native American law, including Alaska Native corporations, land disputes, gaming and tribal acknowledgment. Interviewees highlight his "terrific effectiveness in representing the concerns of his client." He is also praised as "highly skilled, very experienced and extremely tenacious."

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Dykema Gossett PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Lance Boldrey of Dykema Gossett PLLC is "extremely knowledgeable about Indian affairs and law," say sources, adding: "He is a walking encyclopedia." His expertise includes tribal gaming, economic development and state-tribal relations.

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Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Endreson is a "thoughtful, smart lawyer" who litigates complex disputes on behalf of Native American tribes. He focuses on treaty rights, environmental law, gaming and tribal jurisdiction.

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Walter T Featherly

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Walter Featherly is noted by peers as a "fine attorney." He primarily advises Alaska Native and Native American organizations on corporate law and governance, as well as land claims settlements. Clients highlight his extensive experience and "great institutional knowledge."

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Forman & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

George Forman of Forman & Associates acts on behalf of both tribal and nontribal entities in state, federal and tribal courts. Sources say he is "collegial" and "good to work with."

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Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Gunn handles government relations work on behalf of tribal government and is especially adept at matters involving the federal budget and appropriations. His expertise also includes natural resources, land transfers, taxation, energy development and healthcare. 

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Band 3

Mariko E. Hernandez

Faegre Baker Daniels

From the Chambers USA guide

Mariko Hernandez is a skilled lawyer who acts on behalf of tribes and financial institutions in relation to financing transactions.

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Robins Kaplan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brendan Johnson co-heads Robins Kaplan LLP's American Indian law and policy group. He handles litigation on behalf of Native American tribes and enterprises, regularly appearing in federal, state and tribal courts. Clients highlight his "knowledge of tribal customs, traditions and their sovereignty." One interviewee reports: "He is responsive to clients, has excellent judgment and when faced with complex political and legal challenges, he reliably identifies the relevant issues and avoids difficult situations."

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Phillip E. Katzen

Kanji & Katzen PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Phillip Katzen is held in high regard for his "incredible knowledge about Indian law and Indian Country." He handles matters relating to tribal rights, protection of natural resources and taxation.

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Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jerome Levine is highly respected, with peers noting that he "played a very important role in the development of this sector."  He heads the firm's national Native American law practice and primarily focuses on litigation and lobbying on behalf of tribal clients.

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Band 3

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Meggesto is "very bright" and "greatly respected in Indian Country," report sources. He focuses his practice on representing tribal clients in relation to the development and regulation of Indian gaming projects.

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Modrall Sperling

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Nichols handles all aspects of federal Native American law and litigation, including energy work, natural resources, transportation and employment issues. He regularly appears in state, federal and tribal courts. Interviewees find him to be "impressive," explaining that he is "a lawyer's lawyer. He is almost academic in his knowledge."

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Band 3

Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mary Pavel is "revered around Washington as a key figure in Indian law." She is a strong choice to represent tribal clients in appropriations matters and has a strong track record of working on tribal settlements and other legislative initiatives which affect tribal communities.

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Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

An "experienced appellate litigator," Harry Sachse is regarded as "one of the wise men in the area" of Native American law. His practice includes land claims, environmental protection and gaming regulation.

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Band 3

Thomas P. Schlosser

Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & Somerville

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Schlosser of Morisset, Schlosser, Jozwiak & Somerville receives praise for his "encyclopedic knowledge of Indian law." He advises Native American tribes and enterprises on a wide variety of matters, including natural resources and environmental protection.

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Band 3

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rob Roy Smith co-leads the firm's Native American affairs practice and handles all aspects of federal, state and tribal law including gaming, economic development, natural resources and tribal sovereignty. Clients highlight his "strategic manner" and "insightful advice," adding that "Rob is a joy to watch in court. He's calm, direct and consistently answers difficult questions persuasively."

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Band 3

Heidi M Staudenmaier

Snell & Wilmer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Heidi Staudenmaier of Snell & Wilmer LLP represents Native American tribes, tribal entities and companies who conduct business with tribes on all aspects of Native American law. She is particularly renowned for her expertise in gaming law. Peers praise her "strong understanding of regulatory processes and Indian law generally."

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers USA guide

Seth Waxman remains "a huge name in the legal field." His superb appellate litigation practice involves a notable focus on representing Native American tribes in high-stakes litigation, frequently before the US Supreme Court.

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Band 3

Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Webster is "very hard working, dedicated and extremely knowledgeable," according to interviewees. He focuses on Indian gaming, economic development, self-determination and taxation.

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Up and Coming

Charles Galbraith

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "incredibly skilled" Charles Galbraith handles government relations on behalf of Native American tribes. Clients comment that he "works tirelessly" and is "very knowledgeable in Indian law." 

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Up and Coming

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Venus Prince is "well respected," having served as Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs in Washington, DC prior to joining the firm. Her Native American law practice encompasses litigation and government affairs. She is "extremely personable and has a lot of good experience in Indian Country," according to sources. She is also described as an "excellent draftsman and researcher."

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Up and Coming

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Wilda Wahpepah is developing a reputation as a "fantastic finance and deal lawyer." She regularly counsels financial institutions on lending transactions involving Native American tribes. She also advises tribal governments and businesses on a wide range of matters including tribal jurisdiction, gaming, business development and environmental law.  She receives praise for her "thoughtful" and "client-oriented" approach.

^ See whole ranking table