D. Michael McBride III

Director

Office: Tulsa
Email: michael.mcbride@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 918.592.9824
Fax: 918.599.6317
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Michael McBride III is a trial, appellate and business lawyer with two decades of experience. He is a sought-after and trusted advisor with extensive experience in gaming, federal Indian law, litigation and complex transactions. McBride has tried more than 50 cases to conclusion in federal, tribal and state courts including numerous jury trials; as a Judge and Justice, he has adjudicated scores more and authored many published decisions. He excels in gaming regulatory matters, bet-the-tribe litigation, tribal government matters, economic development and regulatory matters. Corporations, investment funds and individuals have hired him as a consultant and as an expert witness in multiple federal state court cases to testify on Indian gaming matters.

He chairs Crowe & Dunlevy’s Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group. McBride's professional peers have recognized him Chambers USA (2009-2012) in Band 1 for Native American law and was named a Star Individual (2013-2016), the highest individual ranking awarded by Chambers given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.* McBride has also been named in Oklahoma Super Lawyers for Indian law, gaming, political law and business litigation.* He is also recognized by Best Lawyers for Native American and gaming law and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

McBride currently serves as attorney general of the Seminole Nation. He served as justice of the Pawnee Nation Supreme Court from 2003 until 2012. He is the former attorney general to the Sac and Fox Nation. During his career, McBride has represented more than 20 Indian tribal governments or their entities, numerous corporations and individuals doing business with tribes. He is one of only two Oklahoma general members of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and serves as the exclusive organization’s second executive vice president. IMGL President Tony Coles of London recognized McBride's outstanding accomplishments with the President's Cup Award in Vienna, Austria in September 2011.

Active in the legal industry, McBride chaired the Federal Bar Association's (FBA) Indian Law Section, the largest Indian law organization in the country from 2006 to 2008. In September 2008, the FBA named McBride as general counsel on the organization's national Board of Directors. The FBA has recognized McBride with a number of awards including an Indian Law Section Distinguished Service Award in 2009, Outstanding Section Chair Award in 2007 & 2008, as well as several service awards over the last decade. The three Inns in Tulsa of the American Inns of Court has also honored McBride with the John S. Athens Award for leadership and ethics.

McBride regularly speaks at conferences and symposia throughout the country and internationally and has authored more than fifty published articles. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Tulsa and adjunct settlement judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. McBride has also held various leadership roles in the American Bar Association. He is a graduate of Trinity University (B.A. 1989) and the University of Oklahoma (J.D. 1993), where he received many awards and academic distinctions.

Representative Transactions:

Gaming management agreements, multimillion dollar loan transactions, restructured loans, economic development and joint venture agreements, operating agreements, gaming leases, guaranty and indemnity agreements, revenue allocation plans, children's and minor trusts, corporation codes, uniform commercial codes, court codes and procedures, agreements relative to sacred sites and historic places, tribal/state gaming, tobacco and law enforcement compacts.

Career Litigation Highlights**:

  • Victory in protecting Comanche Nation’s constitution - McBride and his team obtained the successful dismissal of legal actions against Comanche Nation officials by dissolving temporary injunctions and achieving dismissal of contempt of court motions brought by former officials removed from office pursuant to the constitution (June 2012). He helped restore normal government operations, social service programs and millions of dollars in funding for those services. In re: Recognition of Comanche Nation Business Committee, Tribal Administrator, Comanche Nation, CIV-12-054 (CIO Comanche)

  • Gaming finance dispute victory - He won a $2 million judgment for breach of contract and fraud for the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma against a financial services company and its principals involving casino financing (May 2012). Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma v. William Morris Financial Services, LLC, CJ-12-50 (Ottawa Co., OK—Judge Haney)

  • Victory in protecting tribe’s sovereignty and attack on contract - McBride and Crowe & Dunlevy attorneys successfully defended the tribal sovereignty of one tribe, and enjoined another tribal court’s efforts to violate the first tribe's limited conferral of jurisdiction. They also defeated the tribal court’s attempted collateral attack on the contract between the first tribe and its lawyers. Crowe v. Stidham, 640 F.3d 1140 (10th Cir. 2011); affirming 609 F.Supp.2d 1211 (N.D. Okla. 2009--Judge Kern)

  • Gaming compact/jurisdiction victories - McBride obtained a gaming compact arbitration award for Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma against the State of Oklahoma regarding the lack of state court jurisdiction over tribal casino tort and prize claims. Enforcement of that award in United States District Court against Oklahoma, its Governor and all its courts including a then-pending tort claim case in Ottawa County, Oklahoma state court that refused to recognize the tribe’s immunity and the lack of state court jurisdiction. Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma v. State of Oklahoma, et. al., CIV-10-459-W (W.D. Okla.—Sr. Judge West)

  • Gaming Management Court Victory - McBride obtained a $1.5 million judgment for our client in tribal court. The gaming company and the tribe settled the dispute on appeal for $1.15 million. Epic Gaming L.L.C. et. al. v. Kickapoo Tribe of OK, CIV-09-17 (D. Kickapoo)

  • Gaming dispute victories in tribal and federal forums - McBride helped win dismissal of $8+ million in claims, affirmed on appeal, in favor of our client the Sac and Fox Nation brought in 2005 by a gaming manager/equipment provider suing for lost profits under an unlawful gaming device equipment lease. The tribal courts and the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) held that the lease constituted a management agreement, not approved by the NIGC as required by the IGRA, therefore the lease was void. Accordingly, a waiver of sovereign immunity was also void. Sac and Fox Nation and Sac and Fox Nation Business Enterprise, Case No. CIV-05-01 (D. Sac & Fox); New Gaming Systems, Inc., v. Hon. Darrell Dowty, et. al., No. APL-07-02 (Sac & Fox). The gaming company sued the NIGC, its commissioners and our clients in federal court to challenge the NIGC's determinations. The federal action was stayed pending a final determination in the tribal Supreme Court. After the tribal Supreme Court affirmed the lower court ruling against NGS, the federal court action resumed. The federal lawsuit appealing the NIGC's ruling is still pending and is on consideration of the United States' motion for summary judgment. New Gaming Systems, Inc. v. New Gaming Systems, Inc. v. National Indian Gaming Commission et. al., No. 08-CV-00698-HE (U.S. Dist. Ct., W. D. Okla.)

  • Sovereign Immunity Briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court - McBride was counsel of record for the Seminole Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as amici curiae in Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma v. Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., No. 96-1037 (certiorari granted, June 27, 1997, attended oral argument, January 12, 1998; reversed in favor of Kiowa Tribe, 523 U.S. 751 (1998)); Brief Amici Curiae, 1997 WL 528601

  • Civil Rights verdict - McBride and his partner successfully enforced the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment prohibiting warrentless seizures in a suit against the Osage County Sherriff’s Department and County Commissioners and policy allowing for law enforcement involvement in multiple seizures of horses. The victories included obtaining a jury verdict in federal court including compensatory and punitive damages, court-awarded attorney’s fees, as well as successfully defending qualified immunity challenges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Big Elk v. Kastning, et. al. No. 96-CV-87 (N.D. Okla.—Sr. Judge Brett); Big Elk v. Kastning, et. al. 141 F.3d 1184, 1998 WL 161053 (unpublished, 10th Cir. 1998)

  • Rare Per Curium reversal of a divorce judgment - In his very first appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, McBride won a reversal and remand of a divorce judgment against his client. Maldonado v. Maldonado, DF-84845 (Okla. 1996)

  • Criminal jury trial victory - In his very first jury trial, McBride, trying the case by himself, won a mistrial for his client facing multiple felony charges based on a hung jury. State of Oklahoma v. Offord, CF-1995-2223 (Tulsa Co.—Judge Hopper)

*Crowe & Dunlevy has no input in the rating methodologies used by Chambers USA, Oklahoma Super Lawyers or Best Lawyers.

**Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its merits.

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Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Settlement Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Seminole Nation Bar Association
  • International Masters of Gaming Law, Executive Vice President
  • Member of IMGL Executive Committee and Chair of Membership (2010 to present)
  • Gaming Law Review (Associate Editor, 2006-Present)
  • American Bar Association:
  • American Bar Association Commissioner: Commission on Law & Aging (2006-2007)
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee for Judicial Independence (2003-2006)
  • American Bar Association General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division (Director, 2005-2006; Council Member, 2001-2005; Vice-Chair, Diversity Committee, 2008-09)
  • Historical Society of the Tenth Judicial Circuit (Board Member, 2004 - 2006 and 2007 - 2008); Charter Lifetime Member (2004)
  • Foundation of Federal Bar Association (Lifetime Fellow, 2002)
  • Leadership Tulsa (Class of XXVI, 1999-2000)
  • Federal Bar Association:
  • Federal Bar Association Northern and Eastern Chapter President (2000-01)
  • Federal Bar Association Vice President --Tenth Circuit (2002-08)
  • Federal Bar Association Chair of Indian Law Section (Aug. 2006-08)
  • Federal Bar Association General Counsel to the Association (2008-09)
  • American Indian Chamber of Commerce (Member)
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow (2008 - present)
  • Federal Bar Association, National Board of Directors (2009 - 2012)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Member 1993 to present)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Indian Law Section, Secretary (1994 - 1995), Treasurer, (2000 - 2001); Secretary (2001 - 2002); Chair - Elect (2002 - 2003); Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section
  • Tulsa County Bar Association (Member)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, Board Director (2002 - 2005)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, Chair of Diversity Committee (2002 - 2003)

Honors & Awards

  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers (Native American Law)*
  • Best Lawyers (Native American Law, Gaming)*
  • Best Lawyers 2016 Lawyer of the Year (Gaming Law - Tulsa)*
  • Best Lawyers 2016 Lawyer of the Year (Native American Law - Tulsa)*
  • The American Inns of Court, Federal Bar Association, American Indian Chamber of Commerce and Tulsa County Bar Association have honored McBride with awards for his leadership, ethics and advocacy
  • Mary Townsend Crow Service Award 2015-16, Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women
  • Ranked in Chambers USA Band 1 (Native American Law) 2009-2012*
  • Ranked as Star Individual, the highest individual ranking awarded by Chambers USA (Native American Law) 2013-2016*

Published Works

  • Contributor, "National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and Practicing Law Institute"
  • Contributor, "Of Time and Feedlots: The Effect of Spur Industries on Nuisance Law," Wash. U. J. Urban & Cont. Law (1992)
  • Contributor, "Local Government Law" (West Hornbook, 1992-93)
  • Contributor, "Sales and Leases of Goods" (West Nutshell Series, 1992)
  • Contributor, "The Law of Modern Payment Systems" (1992)
  • "Oklahoma's Civil Adjudicatory Jurisdiction Over Indian Activities in 'Indian Country:' A Critical Commentary on Lewis v. Sac & Fox Nation Housing Authority," Oklahoma City University Law Review (1994)
  • "Your Place or Mine? Commercial Transactions Between Indian Tribes and Non-Indians in Oklahoma---New Rules for Tribal Sovereign Immunity," Oklahoma Bar Journal (October 1996)
  • "China: The Sleeping Giant Wakes Up—An Overview of Current Economic Conditions in China, Opportunities for American Lawyers and Companies," Oklahoma Bar Association Section of International Law (Summer 1997)
  • "Book Review: How to Prepare For, Take and Use a Deposition," Oklahoma Bar Journal, p. 379 (February 1997)
  • Co-contributor, "Committee on Native American Natural Resources 1999 Annual Report," American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Year-in-Review (2000)
  • "The Genesis and Early Power of Winters, A Book Review of John Shurts, Indian Reserved Water Rights: The Winters Doctrine in its Social and Legal Context," Tulsa Law Journal, p. 641 (Spring 2001)
  • "Book Review: William Bernstein, The Intelligent Asset Allocator: How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk," The Federal Lawyer, p. 68-69 (November 2002)
  • “Dear Mike,” GP Solo (a magazine publication of the American Bar Association), (Regular Columnist 2002-05)
  • “Courtroom Strategies for Representing Minority Clients at Court,” GP Solo (a magazine publication of the American Bar Association), pp. 28-32 (January/February 2004)
  • "Legal Front: In the Wake of Scandal, Senator McCain Presses IGRA Reform to Strengthen the NIGC," Indian Gaming, p. 20 (January 2006)
  • "A New Era of Economic Termination? Justice Department Announces an Effort to Restrict Class II Indian Gaming," Oklahoma Bar Journal p. 541 (Feb. 11, 2006)
  • "Tornado Warning for Class II Gaming," Indian Gaming, p. 20 (July 2006), Indian Gaming and Tourism (July 2006), Native American Times (June 2006), and Indian Law Newsletter (August 2006)
  • "Transcending an Impasse and Crossing the Class II Regulatory Abyss: Class II Manufacturers United to Hammer Out Alternative Technical Regulations," Indian Gaming, p. 46 (January 2007), Native American Times (January 2007), and Casino Lawyer, p. 26 (Spring 2007)
  • "High Octane Scholarship and Cutting-Edge Issues," The Federal Lawyer, p. 10-11 (March/April 2007)
  • Co-author, "Labor Regulations and Union Avoidance on Indian Lands: Strategies in the Wake of San Manuel Band of Indians v. National Labor Relations Board," John Marshall Law Review, p. 1259 (2007)
  • "Proposed Federal Gaming Rules Will Hurt Oklahoma and the Country," Indian Gaming, p. 20 (April 2008)
  • Co-author, "Organized Labor for Indian Gaming Enterprises," The Federal Lawyer, p. 49-52, 55 (April 2008)
  • Invited author, “Gaming Law in Oklahoma," Inside the Minds: Understanding Gaming Law Issues, Aspartore Books, Thompson West Publications (2010)
  • "Indian Gaming Compacts in Oklahoma: Respecting Tribal Jurisdiction and Enforcing Understanding—A Continuing Role for Class II Gaming," Indian Gaming, p. 14 (May 2010)
  • "More Legal Challenges Ahead for Tribes in 2011," Indian Gaming, p. 26 (January 2011)
  • "Indian Gaming in Oklahoma—Legal & Political Challenges," Casino Enterprise and Management Magazine, p. 86-89 (August 2011)
  • "Gaming News: Continued Success and Current Challenges in Oklahoma", Casino Enterprise Management (August 2011)
  • "Gaming Law News: Radio Interview and Podcast," Casino Enterprise and Management Magazine (September 29, 2011)
  • "Why Should You Care About Internet Gaming?" Indian Gaming Magazine 22-24 (December 2011)
  • "Why Should You Care About Internet Gaming?" Indian Gaming (December 2011)
  • Trinity Magazine (January 2012)
  • "Legal Form: Internet Gaming & Protecting Tribal Interests," Indian Gaming Magazine 54 (April 2012)
  • "Native American Off-Reservation Gaming," 16:6 Gaming Law Review & Economics p. 337-48 (August 2012)
  • "Gaming is Big Business in Oklahoma," The Oklahoman (August 29, 2012)
  • "Five Questions: Leadership in Indian Law, Gaming," Tulsa World (October 28, 2012)
  • Scholarly article: “Fifty Shades of Regulation: A Survey of Internet Gaming Issues in Indian Country and a Framework for Future Development”, 17 Gaming Law Review & Economics p.643 (October 2013)
  • “Pushing the Boundaries of Tribal Internet Gaming”, Gaming Business North America (March 2016)
  • “Same Sex Marriage in Indian Country After Windsor & Obergefell”, Indian Gaming Lawyer 30-31 (Spring 2016)
  • “Citizen Potawatomi Nation Wins a Landmark Judgment Against Oklahoma in Gaming Compact Sales Tax, Alcohol Dispute", Indian Gaming Magazine (October 2016)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaking Engagements 1994-2005
  • Presenter and program planner, “Real World in Indian Country,” Federal Bar Association 32nd Annual Indian Law Conference (Albuquerque, April 2007)
  • Keynote and program planner, "Federal Indian Law & Diversity," ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division Spring Meeting (Washington, D.C., May 2007)
  • Moderator, "Tribal Sovereign Immunity: Commercial vs. Governmental Distinctions—Historical Perspectives of Federal Indian Law and Policy, Labor Relations and Modern Tensions," 2007 Sovereignty Symposium, sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court (Oklahoma City, May 2007)
  • Panelist, “Transcending an Impasse—Efforts to Save Class II Indian Gaming Through Collaborative Rule Making,” 2007 Sovereignty Symposium, sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court (Oklahoma City, May 2007)
  • Presenter, "Tribal/Municipal Partnerships in World Trade," World Trade Conference, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Municipal League (Tulsa, September 2007)
  • Presenter, "Diversification, Economic Development and Other Hot Issues in Indian Country," Casinofest 4 (San Diego, September 2007)
  • Presenter, "Oklahoma's Second Century: Building Bridges and Alliances with Tribal Governments, State and Local Governments and the Private Sector," The Oklahoma Academy (Lone Wolf, OK, October 2007)
  • Presenter, "Federal Regulatory Update: Class II Regulations and Beyond," 5th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit (Seattle, November 2007)
  • Presenter, “Tribal Gaming: Where Does it Go From Here?” ABA 12th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield (Las Vegas, February 2008)
  • Moderator, "Identity in Flux: Challenging Outsider Definitions of Tribalism,” Federal Bar Association 33rd Annual Indian Law Conference (Albuquerque, April 2008)
  • Moderator, "Governmental, Commercial, or Political: What's the Right Label for Tribal Labor & Employment Issues?” Federal Bar Association 33rd Annual Indian Law Conference (Albuquerque, April 2008)
  • Moderator, "Indian Gaming: Definitions & Classifications of Class II Gaming," International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Meeting (Napa Valley, May 2008)
  • Co-Moderator, "The Future of Oklahoma Indian Country: Economic Interdependence," 2008 Sovereignty Symposium, sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court (Oklahoma City, June 2008)
  • Panelist, “Union Avoidance Issues in light of NLRB v. San Manuel,” Best Labor & Employment Practices Panel, 2008 Sovereignty Symposium, sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court (Oklahoma City, June 2008)
  • Panelist, “Labor Issues for Casinos & Reflections on 20 Years of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,” 2008 Sovereignty Symposium, sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court (Oklahoma City, June 2008)
  • Moderator, "Indian Gaming: Definitions & Classifications of Class II Gaming," North American Gaming Regulators Association (New Orleans, June 2008)
  • Moderator, "Role of States in Class II Gaming," North American Gaming Regulators Association (New Orleans, June 2008)
  • Moderator, "Tribal Issues—Allotments, Repurchasing Allotments, East v. West Tribal Water Rights," Oklahoma Tribal Water Summit, co-sponsored by the Native American Rights Fund and the Sac and Fox Nation (Shawnee, July 2008)
  • Moderator, presenter and program planner, "Indian Gaming Practice in Oklahoma," Oklahoma Bar Association CLE (Oklahoma City and Tulsa, November 2008)
  • Presenter, “Tribal Gaming Deals: Business, Law & Regulation?” ABA 13th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield (Las Vegas, February 2009)
  • Program facilitator, “The Roberts Court on Indian Law,” 2009 Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City, September 2009)
  • Program facilitator, “Tribal Court Judges as a Resource for the Federal Bench,” 2009 Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City, September 2009)
  • Presenter, “Indian Gaming Developments Under the Obama Administration: Employee Free Choice Act, NIGC, ‘Indian Lands’ and Oklahoma Gaming Compact Disputes,” ABA 14th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield (Las Vegas, February 2010)
  • Presenter, “Alternative Energy Development within Indian Country under the Obama Administration,” Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona, March 2010)
  • Presenter, “Arbitration and Enforcement of Oklahoma Tribal State Gaming Compacts” 2010 Sovereignty Symposium, sponsored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court (Oklahoma City, June 2010)
  • Guest, extended television interview regarding tribal justice systems for use to train tribal leaders, judges and students, University of Arizona and Native Nations Institute (Tucson, September 2010)
  • Presenter, "What about Thlopthlocco? Defending Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Sovereignty," Chickasaw Nation Bar Association Annual CLE (Norman, December 2010)
  • Presenter, “Oklahoma Gaming Compact Disputes” ABA 15th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield (Las Vegas, February 2011)
  • Presenter, “Indian Gaming Developments” ABA 15th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield (Las Vegas, February 2011)
  • Presenter, "Worker's Rights Meets Tribal Sovereignty," 25th Annual Coming Together of the Peoples Conference, organized by the Indigenous Law Students Association University of Wisconsin Law School at Madison (March 2011)
  • Panelist, “The Uninformed Gaming Regulator and the Steep Learning Curve," Southern Gaming Summit, co-sponsored by the International Masters of Gaming Law (Biloxi, Mississippi, May 2011)
  • Presenter, "The Importance of Class II Indian Gaming," Southern Gaming Summit, co-sponsored by the International Masters of Gaming Law (Biloxi, Mississippi, May 2011)
  • Presenter, "Why the Internet Will Change Everything," Casinofest 9, sponsored by Casino Enterprise and Management Magazine (Tulsa, May 2011)
  • Panel moderator, "Financing Indian Gaming Projects," International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Meeting (Napa, May 2011)
  • Moderator and program planner, "Internet Gaming is Coming: Is Indian Country Ready?" Sovereignty Symposium 2011 (Oklahoma City, June 2011)
  • Presenter, "Indian Gaming: Labor & Union Issues?" Sovereignty Symposium 2011 (Oklahoma City, June 2011)
  • Guest lecturer, "American Indian Economic Development Seminar: Indian Gaming," University of Colorado School of Law (Boulder, February 2012)
  • Presenter, “Gaming Litigation Trends,” American Bar Association’s 16th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield (Las Vegas, February 2012)
  • Moderator, “Organized Labor Issues Facing Tribal Casinos,” International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Meeting (Scottsdale, AZ, April 2012)
  • Presenter, "Internet Gaming: Business Development and Regulatory Infrastructure,” Sovereignty Symposium 2012 (Oklahoma City, June 2012)
  • Presenter, "Criminal Elements of Gaming—Indian Country Perspective," 87th Annual National Bar Association Annual Convention (Las Vegas, July 2012)
  • Presenter, "Nuts & Bolts of Gaming—Indian Country Perspective," 87th Annual National Bar Association Annual Convention (Las Vegas, July 2012)
  • Presenter, "Internet Gaming: What it Means to Oklahoma," Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Annual Conference (Oklahoma City, August 2012)
  • Moderator, “Tribal Sovereignty & State Liquor Regulation”, National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (Oklahoma City, October 2012)
  • Moderator, “Battle for Whiteclay” documentary viewing and panel discussion (Oklahoma City, October 2012)
  • Presenter, "Sovereignty & Development Issues for Internet Gaming," 26th Annual Sovereignty Symposium (Oklahoma City, June 2013)
  • Speaker, “Internet Gaming Latest Developments”, 19th Annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (Oklahoma City, June 2013)
  • Moderator and speaker, “Pending Litigation Trends and Bond Disputes”, American Bar Association Gaming Law Minefield Conference (Oklahoma City, August 2013)
  • Presenter, "Gaming in Indian Country," Gaming Law Minefield National Institute (Henderson, NV, February 2014)
  • Keynote, "Tribal Sovereignty and Federal Law," Leadership Oklahoma (Tahlequah, March 2014)
  • Moderator, "Recent Developments in Indian Gaming Law," International Masters of Gaming Law Spring Conference (San Diego, April 2014)
  • Panelist, "Impact of Recent Court Cases on Tribal Immunity and Land Into Trust," Tribal Nations Global Impact Sovereignty Symposium (Oklahoma City, June 2014)
  • Panelist, "Bay Mills Case - Implications," 2014 Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference (Oklahoma City, August 2014)
  • Panelist, "Judicial Independence in Indian Country," 2014 Women in Law Conference (Tulsa, October 2014)
  • Moderator, "The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Bay Mills Decision in Indian Country and on the Commercial Gaming Industry," ABA 19th Annual National Institute on the Gaming Law Minefield (Las Vegas, February 2015)
  • Speaker, “Citizen Potawatomi National Gaming Compact Arbitration Against Gov. Fallin and Oklahoma”, Sovereignty Symposium (Oklahoma City, June 2015)
  • Moderator, "State Incursions into Tribal Governmental Gaming," OIGA Annual Trade Show and Conference (Oklahoma City, July 2015)
  • Moderator and speaker, “Recent Developments regarding Tribal Court Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians; VAWA & Dollar General cases”, Federal Bar Association Annual Convention (Salt Lake City, September 2015)
  • Moderation and speaker, “State Incursions into Tribal Governments”, Global Gaming Expo (Las Vegas, September 2015)
  • Presenter, “Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma’s Pushing the Limits of Tribal Internet Gaming,” 20th Annual ABA National Institute on the Gaming Law Minefield (February 2016)
  • Guest lecturer, “Ethics in Representing Tribal Organizations and Governments,” University of Kansas College of Law 20th Annual Tribal Law & Government Conference (March 2016)
  • Presenter, SAIGE - 13th Annual National Training Program - Serving Our Nations Recent Judicial Decisions and the Effects for Indian Country and Tribes (June 2016)
  • Panelist, 29th Annual Sovereignty Symposium (June 2016)
  • Moderator, “Recent Incursions into Tribal Governmental Gaming”, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Annual Conference (Tulsa, OK, July 2016)
  • Panelist, "Class Act: Are Bingo Machines Slot Machines?", Global Gaming Expo (Las Vegas, September 2016)

Classes Taught

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law

Community Service

  • Pawnee Nation College, Member Board of Trustees (2011 to present)
  • Tulsa Indian Club, Board of Directors Member (2010 to present)
  • Simon Estes Educational Foundation, Board Member (2004 - 2008) and Board Secretary and Executive Committee Member (2005 - 2008)
  • Tulsa Workforce Investment Board, General Counsel (2004 - 2008)
  • Sovereignty Symposium, Inc., Board of Directors, Member (2007 - present)
  • George M. Sutton Avian Research Center, "Wild Brew" fundraising Committee (2000 - present) (formerly benefiting the Nature Conservancy, Oklahoma Chapter until 2004)
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