Indian Law

We have a national reputation for expertise in legal issues surrounding economic development in Indian Country. Tribal governments, tribal organizations and enterprises, individual tribal members, and non-Indians doing business with tribes or in or near reservation, can all benefit from our expertise. We also practice in enrollment matters, federal tort claims, land claims, drafting Indian wills and estate planning, and all manners of Indian law (except criminal law, ICWA, and self-determination contracts).

As the primary attorney assisting on Indian law matters, David Shaw draws on his experience living on a tribal reservation, acting as in-house counsel to tribal governments and corporations, and numerous speaking engagements before tribes and inter-tribal organizations. Since its founding, Shaw Law Group has been privileged to represent over 30 different tribes and tribal organizations.

At Shaw Law Group, our respect for tribal sovereignty and culture is integral to our work.   We create legal solutions that build upon an adherence to these core concepts, and an intimate knowledge of the diversity of options available to navigate clients to a successful solution in each tribal setting.

Examples of routine transactions practiced by Shaw Law Group include the following:

  • Represent tribal regulatory agencies and parties appearing before tribal agencies
  • Provide analysis, advice, and transaction documentation for tribal governments, agencies, and corporate boards
  • Negotiate, draft security, financing, and development agreements and leases for property or entities on or near Indian country
  • Represent parties involved in tribal enrollment and disenrollment actions
  • Draft codes and ordinances for tribal governments
  • Provide representation on all matters relating to economic development, including development of tribal business entities, participation in the SBA 8(a) program, joint venture agreements, casino and resort development, and New Market Tax Credits transactions
  • Prosecute and defend all forms of litigation, including issues related to tribal self-insurance or subrogation
  • Represent tribal lending agencies and tribal CDFIs in all manners of transactions, litigation, and organizational advice

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