Indian Law

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Indian Law and Gaming Practice Group regularly provides legal and strategic advice to its Tribal Government and Tribal Enterprise clients. Our practice is based nationally, and our team is experienced in assisting Tribes on a wide variety of issues, including Indian Gaming, State and Federal Legislative and Administrative Practice, Licensing Matters, Real Estate and Project Development, Intellectual Property issues, Litigation, General Business Law Matters, and Financial Transactions. In addition to the attorneys and policy professionals in the Indian Law and Gaming Practice Group, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie can call on our team of 300 attorneys in ten offices in five states.

Administrative Practice

Our attorneys and policy professionals have experience in dealing with both Congress and State Legislatures, as well as both federal and state agencies that regularly interact with our Tribal clients. In particular, our Indian Law attorneys regularly interact with the United Senate Indian Affairs Committee, select members of Congress and their staffs, state legislators in Arizona, California and Washington, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

We help Tribes in the following areas:

  • Corporate Law
  • Economic Development
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance
  • Gaming
  • General Counsel
  • Jurisdiction and Tribal Sovereignty
  • Legislation and Lobbying
  • Litigation

  • Self-determination and Self-governance
  • Tax Law
  • Tribal Codes Governance: Codes, Regulation, Contracting, Compacting
  • Tribal Energy and Utilities
  • Tribal Lands and Resources
  • Tribal Real Property Law: Land into Trust, Leasing, Right of Ways
  • Trust Land Acquisitions
  • Utilities

Indian Gaming

Our Indian Gaming Group has a national clientele.  We have 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.

State And Federal Legislative Practice

Our attorneys and policy professionals have experience in dealing with both Congress and State Legislatures, as well as both federal and state agencies that regularly interact with our Tribal clients. In particular, members of the Tribal Affairs and Gaming Practice Group regularly interact with the United Senate Indian Affairs Committee, select members of Congress and their staffs, state legislators in Arizona, California and Washington, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Real Estate And Project Development

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has one of the premier real estate practices in the Southwest. The Indian Law and Gaming Practice Group works closely with the firm’s real estate section to assist Tribal clients with real estate and project development matters. Moreover, we also represent developers who enter into joint ventures with Tribal business partners.

General Business Law Matters

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie assists its clients in most legal matters related to business, including labor and employment, corporate governance, insurance, and finance. Our attorneys can leverage all of these resources to assist our Tribal Government and Tribal Enterprise clients with achieving gaming, business development, and enterprise operation goals.

Intellectual Property

As with real estate matters, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has an extensive and well respected intellectual property department. We frequently work with the firm’s intellectual property attorneys to help Tribal clients who need to protect their trademarks, copyrights and publicity rights. Moreover, as Tribal clients begin to use the financial resources earned from gaming, there will be a need for Tribal clients to seek help with patent matters.

Litigation

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has several experienced litigators with not only general litigation experience but, more importantly, experience in litigating on behalf of Tribal clients. This particular experience ensures that our Indian Law attorneys can handle any litigation matter Tribal clients bring to the firm. Moreover, our attorneys’ unique experience in representing Tribal clients ensures that they understand the subtle contours of Indian law, thereby producing excellent results for our Tribal clients.

Representative Clients

Our attorneys represent Tribal clients Our attorneys represent Tribal clients across the United States. In addition, we work with a select group of gaming vendors, licensees, and developers. Given the width and breadth of experience in the Group, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie truly believes that its Indian Law Practice is one of the best in the United States.

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Stephen M. Hart
Stephen M. Hart
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Phoenix, Irvine
shart@​lrrc.com
602.262.5787 / vCard
Peter A. Larson
Peter A. Larson
Partner
Phoenix
plarson@​lrrc.com
602.262.5796 / vCard
Sean M. McGuinness
Sean M. McGuinness
Partner
Reno, Las Vegas, Denver
smcguinness@​lrrc.com
775.321.3407 / vCard
Kerry K. Patterson
Kerry K. Patterson
Partner
Phoenix
kpatterson@​lrrc.com
602.262.5717 / vCard
Frances R. Sjoberg
Frances R. Sjoberg
Associate
Phoenix
fsjoberg@​lrrc.com
602.262.5718 / vCard

Litigation

Kimberly A. Demarchi
Kimberly A. Demarchi
Partner
Phoenix
kdemarchi@​lrrc.com
602.262.5728 / vCard

Regulatory & Government

Pilar Thomas
Pilar Thomas
Of Counsel
Tucson
pthomas@​lrrc.com
520.629.4455 / vCard
Paul Michael Bielecki
Paul Michael Bielecki
Principal
Phoenix
mbielecki@​lrrc.com
602.262.5354 / vCard

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Stephen M. Hart
Stephen M. Hart
Practice Group Leader
602.262.5787