Tribal land development articles feature Thomas, Sjoberg

TUCSON – The newly-released March/April issue of AZRE – Arizona Commercial Real Estate features two articles on tribal land use and development with attorneys Pilar Thomas and Frances Sjoberg of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP.

Thomas, whose practice is focused on Indian law, tribal renewable energy project development and finance, tribal economic development and Indian gaming, says there are exceptional opportunities for development on tribal lands.

“Tribes that are looking for development are seeking to promote community and economic development – through job creation, revenue generation and other benefits (a) developer may bring,” explains Thomas in “Developing on tribal land, The benefits and challenges facing developers.”

Sjoberg, whose practice focuses ‎on real estate transactions and financing, tribal self-determination, Indian gaming, and drafting tribal codes and policy, was interviewed with Thomas for a Q&A on “Six things to know when developing on tribal land.”

Both attorneys stress that patience and teamwork are keys to success in working with tribes on development projects.

“Projects generally require compliance with federal laws,” Sjoberg says. “So, it’s important to join forces with the tribe to resolve non-tribal requirements to move the development through the federal process.”

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys regularly provide legal and strategic advice to real estate developers, tribal government and tribal enterprise clients.

Attorneys are 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.

AZRE – Arizona Commercial Real Estate is a companion publication of Az Business magazine, which can be found on newsstands throughout Arizona.

The featured article can be read online here