Indian Gaming

Our Indian Gaming Law practice has a national clientele, and our team has experience handling a wide variety of matters, including Regulation, Licensing, Compact Negotiation, State and Federal Legislation, Real Estate and Project Development, Financial Transactions, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Business Law. In addition to the lawyers and policy professionals dedicated to Tribal Affairs and Gaming, our professionals can call on our team of nearly 300 lawyers in ten offices in five states.

Our Practice Group Leader is the former head of the Arizona Department of Gaming and the former chief negotiator for the Governor of Arizona during the 2000 compact negotiations. He, and others in the Group regularly assist Tribal clients in both securing tribal-state gaming compacts and in renegotiating existing compacts. Additionally, our lawyers and policy professionals have also aided Tribal clients in working to secure the right to game and in taking land into trust for gaming purposes.

We regularly represent both gaming agencies and individuals appearing before gaming agencies. When representing a gaming agency, our lawyers have supervised licensing investigations, provided advice to gaming agencies on the suitability of prospective licensees, and represented agencies before gaming boards and administrative law judges. When representing individuals, our lawyers have helped applicants prepare gaming applications, assisted applications during licensing investigations, and represented applications appealing adverse licensing and certification determinations.

Regulatory Compliance Advice and Support

Our team offers significant experience reviewing, drafting and amending gaming statutes and regulations in a variety of jurisdictions across the U.S. and internationally. We review gaming regulations, policies and procedures for compliance with IGRA, NIGC regulations, the applicable Tribal-state gaming compact and constitutional considerations.

We are experienced in dealing with Congress and State Legislatures, as well as both federal and state agencies that regularly interact with our Tribal clients. Our attorneys regularly interact with the United Senate Indian Affairs Committee, select members of Congress and their staff members, state legislators in Arizona, California and Washington, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement

As a highly regulated industry, many aspects of the gaming business, including, licensure of operators and suppliers, company financing and findings of suitability of key employees, are subject to review or approval by gaming regulators. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s lawyers have represented and counseled tribal gaming commissions regarding licensure of gaming employees, vendors and other third parties. Our attorneys also occasionally represents and counsels gaming entities regarding compliance with gaming regulatory requirements.

When representing gaming commissions, our lawyers have supervised licensing investigations, provided advice regarding the suitability of prospective licensees, and represented commissions in court.


Our firm has several experienced litigators with not only general litigation experience but, more importantly, experience in litigating on behalf of Tribal clients. We have successfully represented Indian tribes in tribal courts, state courts and federal courts. Most significantly, the firm was co-counsel in the ground-breaking case of Rincon v. Schwarzenegger which ruled on when a state, in compact negotiations, could legitimately negotiate for revenue sharing and, conversely, when demands by a state would constitute an illegal tax. See Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission v. Schwarzenegger, 602 F.3d 1019 (9th Cir. 2010).

Our litigation practice is recognized nationwide for obtaining outstanding results for our clients, resolving all types of business disputes in local, state and federal courts and with administrative tribunals. Our broad experience in dispute resolution includes negotiation, mediation and arbitration as well as traditional litigation.  


Stephen M. Hart
Stephen M. Hart
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Peter A. Larson
Peter A. Larson
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