In the United States, there are over 560 federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations that possess unique, sovereign rights. The continuing expansion and diversification of tribal economies requires tribes, their commercial partners, and impacted government parties to secure sophisticated legal counsel.
K&L Gates Indian Law lawyers understand the issues this expansion has raised and have extensive experience handling a wide variety of matters involving tribes and their business partners in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania, California, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. Our lawyers and public policy professionals have advised public and private clients, local governmental agencies, and Indian tribes on how to address and resolve issues involving many areas of Indian law. Our national practice has been recognized in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® survey as “Tier 1” in “Native American Law”.
Our depth and breadth of experience in these areas enable our attorneys to negotiate unique resolutions for often difficult and complex legal problems relating to Indian tribes. Specifically, K&L Gates attorneys have helped clients with disputes, treaty issues, complicated real estate transactions in Indian Country, and Indian property rights outside Indian Country for water rights and access to hunting and fishing sites. We have represented local and regional governments on treaty matters and major litigation, and have represented tribes and other parties on policy matters in Washington, D.C.
Because our experience includes working with both public and private entities, in addition to Indian tribes, we collaborate with many other groups at K&L Gates, including public policy, real estate, healthcare, litigation, tax, banking, intellectual property, and labor and employment. This interaction has helped us offer a full contingent of services to tribes and to other clients on Indian law matters.
Our finance experience includes acting as bond counsel, underwriter counsel, credit enhancement counsel, special tax counsel, and trustee counsel for taxable and tax-exempt financings for tribal governments and parties contracting with tribes throughout the country. K&L Gates' Washington, D.C., office has assisted by providing a federal policy component working with Congress and relevant federal agencies.
We counsel tribes and Alaska Native Corporations as well as non-tribal corporations on corporate contracts and business transactions, including real estate development, financing, and acquisitions.