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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Native American Law

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What the team is known for

Extensive experience handling financing transactions for tribal infrastructure and gaming projects, typically on behalf of lenders. Also provides governance, regulatory and litigation advice to tribes, tribal agencies and other tribal entities. Acts extensively on disputes arising from the Labor Relations Act and land-to-trust acquisitions.

Strengths

Sources say: “The team are experts in the Native American space. They are very good and our go-to firm for complicated issues. We have only had excellent experiences with them.”

Work highlights

Represented the Bank of America in a credit facility for the Chumash Casino Resort. The credit facility was used for refinancing and development of infrastructure for the tribe.

Notable practitioners

Christine Swanick holds a sterling reputation for her work advising tribes and tribal entities on financial matters including bond financings, syndicated credit facilities and commercial loans.
“Christine is an expert on this subject. She is very knowledgeable on how tribes function and is an expert on the legal side too.” Christine is not only a whizz on tribal finance, but she is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

Wilda Wahpepah is highly regarded for her Native American law practice and advises on finance matters, tribal jurisdiction issues and gaming, among many other legal concerns for Indian tribes.
"Wilda is an expert and very knowledgeable."

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Overview

The firm handles an array of Native American issues, including, but not limited to, sovereign immunity, Tribal sovereignty, Indian water rights, the Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act, Tribal Compacts, Tribal contracts and leases, Indian Tax issues, Indian environmental regulatory and compliance issues and labor and employment issues on tribal lands.

We have particular expertise in the complex area of Indian water rights settlements. Our Land Use attorneys counsel clients and prepare and process applications before various agencies with special jurisdiction, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Our Art Law attorneys have experience in resolving issues relating to Native American Tribal and Cultural objects, and provide advice on the creation and ongoing function of cultural centers and museums.

In addition, our Finance attorneys have represented Indian tribes in connection with several multi-billion dollar loan facilities for major gaming and resort companies, including a syndicated development loan to a tribe to finance a $300,000,000 expansion of its existing casino facilities.

Members

Freeman, Richard (Head of Department)

Swanick, Christine L (Head of Department)

Lahoud, Charbel

Wahpepah, Wilda

Clients

Bank of America

Benefit Street Partners LLC

California Valley Miwok Tribe, Tribal Council

Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH

KeyBank National Association

PNC Bank

Prudential Insurance Company

San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation

Te wá tha hón:ni Corporation

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indian

Wells Fargo Bank

Industries

Banks

Construction

Government

Leisure

Private Clients

Native American Law Department

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Department location

30 Rockefeller Plaza

New York

New York

USA

NY 10112

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Native American Law


Christine L Swanick
Band 1
Wilda Wahpepah
Band 2