Counsel and Expert Witness

  • Counsel to national title insurers in connection with resolution of claim that Master Lease and subleases of Indian land are invalid and trust-to-fee transfer of Indian-owned land.
  • Counsel to national title insurer in connection with resolution of tribal claims of trespass.
  • Expert witness respecting the standard of care and practice in commercial transactions with tribes.
  • Expert witness respecting characterization of financing documents under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
  • Counsel to government contracting firm in connection with its subcontracting relationship with Tribal corporations.
  • Counsel to developer of broadband and alternative energy resources on Indian land.
  • Counsel to landlord in connection with its lease to a federally chartered tribal corporation.
  • Counsel to investor in connection with the development of a carbon project on, and purchase of carbon credits generated from, Indian land.
  • Counsel to noteholders in connection with the restructuring of tribal debt.
  • Counsel to lenders in connection with debt restructuring and claims for loss on federal guarantees of loans to tribes.
  • Counsel to lenders in connection with various Bureau of Indian Affairs-guaranteed credit facilities, both in connection with origination and restructuring.
  • Counsel to lender in connection with financing of oil and gas assets on tribal land.
  • Counsel to U.S. energy producer in connection with its development of solar electric generation on Indian land and sale of power under power purchase agreements with tribes.
  • Counsel for developer of a 1500 MW electric generation plant and 180 mile transmission line on tribal land.
  • Counsel to U.S. energy company in connection with its investment in a venture to develop oil and gas on the tribal land.
  • Counsel to developers, sellers and lenders in connection with development, construction and permanent financing of shopping center, commercial, retail and office properties; RV parks/gas station/convenience store projects, public and government complexes and schools, hotels and destination resort properties, including numerous commercial retail and office buildings on tribal land.
  • Counsel on issues specific to project development and finance on tribal land including traditional and renewable energy, telecommunications, mining, commercial, retail, housing, title insurance and special licensing.
  • Negotiation of licenses and easements, including utility and pipeline easements and service line agreements; negotiation of lease and license agreements on behalf of a wind power development company and exercising rights derived from a license to extract minerals on tribal lands.

“If you don’t have first-rate advice on intricate, complicated matters, like sovereign immunity, a very promising project can quickly turn into a nightmare.”