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WilmerHale

Native American Law

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What the team is known for

Prominent firm renowned for counseling tribal governments on complex federal law questions and litigation. Also represents tribes in both strategic planning and litigation at both the trial and appellate level. Offers expertise in matters such as gaming, trust actions and land claims. Represents tribes on policy matters, drawing on its strong relationships with Congress, the DOI, the Indian Gaming Commission and other key policymakers.

Strengths

A client comments: “The firm is very professional, knowledgeable and their response time for getting back to clients is incredibly fast.”

“They have consistently excellent lawyers," responds one source. "Their appellate practice is well known for good reasons.”

Work highlights

Represented Spokane Tribe of Indians in litigation challenging the Department of the Interior's decision to take land into trust for gaming, pursuant to a two-part determination.

Notable practitioners

Danielle Spinelli is widely revered as one of the country's leading appellate lawyers and is regularly engaged by tribes for representation in high-stakes litigation and appeals.
“Danielle is extremely responsive. She produces high-quality work and knows how to work with her team to produce high-quality litigation strategy.” “Danielle Spinelli is a rising star in APA litigation and appeals. She is one of the best I have worked with.”

Seth Waxman leads the firm's appellate practice and is renowned across the country as one of the finest Supreme Court advocates of his generation. He has an outstanding track record for successfully representing tribal governments in a wide range of high-stakes disputes.

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Overview

Providing sophisticated counsel on complex regulatory issues and high-stakes litigation while leveraging the experience of some of the nation’s best strategic counselors and advocates focused on tribal issues.

Led by a former Secretary of the Interior and a former Solicitor General, WilmerHale’s Native American practice is uniquely positioned to counsel tribal governments on difficult or unsettled legal questions, and to advocate for the rights of tribes (and their partners) in complex litigation and before federal agencies. The marriage of our Washington DC experience—a core element of the firm’s brand—and our presence in the Rocky Mountain region enables us to understand the unique challenges the Native American community faces and reflects our commitment to helping our clients assert their rights, protect their sovereignty, and preserve their resources.

We focus on high-stakes, sophisticated litigation and complex, high-profile regulatory matters on behalf of our clients, representing tribes on a variety of issues, including energy and natural resource development, land acquisition, water rights, gaming matters, and issues of tribal sovereignty.

To learn more, visit us at: https://www.wilmerhale.com/native-american-law/

Native American Law Department

WilmerHale

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Department location

1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

District of Columbia

USA

20006

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Native American Law


Danielle Spinelli
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Native American Law: Appellate


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