Kerry K. Patterson

Kerry K. Patterson

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602.262.5717 office
602.734.3754 fax
201 East Washington Street
Suite 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Kerry is a tribal attorney focusing on real estate and gaming development and is a member of the firm's Tribal Affairs and Real Estate practice groups. She strives to create a winning situation for all sides in real estate transactions where Indian lands are concerned. Her clients include tribes, developers, lenders, manufacturers and other landowners.

Kerry has worked on several multimillion dollar real estate projects involving Native American lands. Notably, she was instrumental in a complex real estate deal for the Navajo Nation to build the Twin Arrows Casino – a $120 million gaming facility, golf course and resort on 405 acres 20 miles east of Flagstaff and recently is working on development of a $400 million gaming project in Southern California.

For development projects like these, Kerry helps place land into trust for tribes and then handles real estate issues related to developing the land. Her work includes infrastructure design, road development, telecommunications, water, access (including IRR roads), wastewater disposal, due diligence, easements and encumbrances. Kerry also has experience identifying environmental issues and then working with the right professionals to mitigate any real or perceived concerns.

Many of Kerry’s real estate deals require her to interface with state and federal agencies such as the Department of the Interior, National Indian Gaming Commission, California Department of Transportation, and Arizona State Land Department. Her experience also includes preparing purchase and sale, development, lease, and licensing agreements and other related documents.

Her gaming work covers the full range of issues including negotiation of tribal-state gaming compacts, related county agreements and development of tribal gaming ordinances and regulations.

She is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Success Stories

Representative Matters

  • Represented tribal non-profit organization in acquisition and development of 200+ acres for museum and other projects in New Mexico.
  • Represented California tribe in negotiations with state and federal agencies to obtain improved access to the tribe's reservation. 
  • Assisted Arizona tribe in obtaining an Indian Lands determination for development of a large-scale casino/hotel project. 
  • Advised hotel developer regarding lease and loan documentation for a hotel project located on a reservation in Arizona. 
  • Facilitated economic development in Indian County by assisting developers and lenders in understanding federal and tribal laws related to Indian lands.

Related News

Tribal-state gaming issues a hot topic for legislators, regulators
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys Steve Hart, Kerry Patterson to speak at NCLGS Winter Meeting

Related Events

6th Tribal Land Staff National Conference
National Tribal Land Association


  • Speaker, "The Evolution of Tribal/State Compacts in California," 22nd Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference, California Nations Indian Gaming Association, February 2017
  • Speaker, "Tribal Gaming Legal Issues with States," 2017 IMGL Masterclass - Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, January 2017
  • Presenter, "Tribal-state gaming issues a hot topic for legislators, regulators", NCLGS 2016 Winter Meeting, December 2016
  • Presenter, "Tribal Government: County Intergovernmental Agreements," Western Indian Gaming Conference, February 2014
  • Presenter, "Land Use and Zoning in Indian Country," Sixth Annual Construction in Indian Country Conference, May 2009
  • Presenter, "Opportunity is Knocking: Getting Involved in the Legal and Greater Community," Minority Bar Convention, March 2009
  • Presenter, "Growing Indian Economies - The Model Secured Transactions Act," American Bar Association Section of Business Law Winter Committee Meeting, January 2009



  • National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development - Native American 40 Under 40 award winner, 2009
  • Arizona State University President's Medal - Social Embeddedness for Arizona Native Vote - Election Protection Project, 2009
  • Arizona Business Journal - 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2009

Other Info


J.D., Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2001, Certificate in Indian Law
B.A., State University of New York, Fredonia, 1997

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2001

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association Phoenix Chapter, Board Member
  • Real Estate Section State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Indian Community, Administrative Law Judge
  • Sandra Day O'Connor Arizona State University College of Law, Indian Legal Program Advisory Committee Member
  • Indian Law Section State Bar of Arizona, Member and Former Chairperson, 2006-2007
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona, Former President (2008-2009) and Founding Member, Current Member of Board of Directors (2009-2011), 2008-2011