Tribes and businesses seeking counsel in Indian Country are represented by Schwabe.


  • Advise on all manner of transactions on Indian trust land, including fee-to-trust, leasing, and rights-of-way.
  • Supported the assessment and improvement of a tribe’s tribal court, evaluated and amended the trial court and appellate codes, and developed a tribal court clerk’s handbook.
  • Served as counsel of record for a Tribe in the U.S. v. Washington treaty rights litigation.
  • Served as litigation counsel for a Tribe’s corporate entity in its casino loan workout litigation.
  • Represent three California tribes in their efforts to be restored to federal recognition.
  • Drafted a tribal Superfund code and cleanup standards for a Tribe; assisting the Tribe in ongoing implementation and enforcement of the code.
  • Assist Navajo tribal corporation with obtaining permits and approvals from EPA and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).
  • Litigated tribal sovereign immunity issues in a variety of federal, state, and tribal courts.

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