Ms. Sjoberg is an associate in the firm’s Tribal Affairs, Gaming and Business Transactions practice groups. Her practice focuses on tribal business transactions, real estate and complex project management.
Ms. Sjoberg’s experience includes compact and contract negotiation, including self-determination contracts; jurisdictional conflicts; regulatory issues; federal reserved water rights; and public lands. She has represented tribal governments, tribal enterprises, investors, receivers and developers on purchase-sale and lease transactions, fee-to-trust applications, refinancing, loan workouts, multiparty negotiations, and settlement agreements.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sjoberg was an associate at Polsinelli in Phoenix and served as a judicial law clerk to Supreme Court Justice John Pelander.
- Represented Tribe in development and opening of a $400 million gaming facility after more than a decade of overcoming political obstacles and legal challenges. Representation included drafting tribal law and policies, tribal authorizations, negotiation of contracts, and preparation of a fee-to-trust application involving Carcieri analysis.
- Represented Tribe in settlement agreement with the federal government relating to a law enforcement contract under the Indian Self-Determination and Educational Assistance Act.
- Represented developer in leasing and financing transactions related to leasehold interests in allotted lands on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation.
- Represented Tribe in fee acquisition of real property and liquor licenses in Apache County to eradicate nuisance businesses affecting Tribal and neighboring communities.
- Provided Indian law counsel to lessee restaurateur in negotiating lease agreements with a Tribal gaming authority for space lease in a new tribal casino.
- Represented lender in acquisition of luxury resort, hotel and related assets in lieu of foreclosure.
- Represented court-appointed receiver in reacquisition and divestment of various real property interests and assets in New Mexico, Texas and Hawaii in conjunction with litigation and value-maximizing endeavors by joint defense parties.
- Represented preferred equity lender in acquisition from special servicer of $142 million multifamily portfolio with 14 properties across 6 states.
- Represented limited liability company owner of assembled property in condemnation actions involving a state entity and lone wolf member expelled from company owner.
- Represented a small business in purchase and financing of its first commercial property.
- "Title Insurance from Start to Finish, Endorsements and How to Negotiate Improved Coverage," National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, Flagstaff, AZ, June 2017
- "Negotiating Contracts on Tribal Lands, Resolving Easements and Rights of Way Issues on Reservation Lands," NBI Seminars, Flagstaff and Phoenix, February 2017
- "Tribal Land Use Q&A," Commercial Executive Magazine, April 2017
- "Six Things to Know When Developing on Tribal Land," AZ/RE, March-April 2017 (with Pilar Thomas)
- Co-Author, "Excessive Speech, Civility Norms, and the Clucking Theorem," 44 Connecticut Law Review, 2011
- Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star - Native American Law, 2016, 2017
- Pro Bono Service Award - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, 2015, 2016
- Arizona Law Review - Editor-in-Chief, 2010-2011
- Tucson Business Edge - 40 Under 40 Award for Young Leaders, 2007