Barr Law Group has the skill, resources and experience to effectively represent Native American clients as they seek to develop tribal opportunities and resources for the benefit of their communities. In addition, our attorneys have, and will continue to, vigorously protect tribal sovereignty from private organizations and governments. Our practice strengths in this ever-evolving and challenging field include the following:
Employment and Labor Relations
We have represented a federally recognized Native American tribe in an array of employment-related matters concerning hiring, employee benefits and wrongful termination litigation. This area of our practice often involves issues surrounding the applicability of federal and state employment-related laws to tribal employers.
We successfully represented a federally recognized Native American tribe before the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs in a challenge to the federal government’s recognition of the tribal chiefs.
We have assisted a federally recognized Native American tribe in the structuring of highly sensitive agreements between its tribal police department and state law enforcement.
Our firm has been involved in a wide variety of state and federal litigation on behalf of a federally recognized Native American tribe. The cases take many different forms and often involve the protection of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, tribal governance issues, and federal and state regulatory claims and have involved multiple interactions with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC).
We have been involved in an array of Native gaming issues that often concern the interaction of the Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), tribal-state gaming compacts and tribal gaming commissions. This work includes Class II and Class III gaming, such as casino table games, slot machines and bingo.
Real Estate & Finance
Our lawyers have represented federally recognized Native American tribes in connection with financings. In particular, such representation has included eight- and nine-figure bank financings for expansion of a reservation-based casino, construction of a hotel and construction of a supermarket.
In a precedent-setting federal case, we successfully invoked sovereign immunity to defeat third-party civil subpoenas served on a federally recognized Native American tribe’s chiefs. Our firm is frequently called upon in a variety of contexts to invoke and protect tribal immunity.
Committed and Experienced Lawyers
Our lawyers make fostering close working relationships with our clients a top priority. As a result, we are able to ensure that our clients are well informed throughout the entirety of their cases and that their unique needs and goals can be met as swiftly and successfully as possible. If you would like to learn more about the legal services we provide, or if you wish to discuss your legal needs, contact an attorney from Barr Law Group today.