“Michael’s demonstrated commitment to Indian Country and our clients is unparalleled,” said Managing Shareholder Shawn Frank. “His professionalism and abilities have been a vital asset to the Firm and we are excited to have him join the Shareholder ranks.”
Michael is devoted to delivering prompt, practical, and sustainable legal solutions to his clients. Drawing from his thorough knowledge of federal Indian law, Michael has helped clients develop tribal constitutions and laws, expand jurisdictional authority, take land into trust, negotiate intergovernmental agreements, secure financing, manage gaming operations, and build successful enterprises. In addition to counseling elected leaders, department directors, and business managers on the day-to-day legal issues they face, Michael advances his clients’ interests in court. He has successfully litigated cases before federal, state, and tribal courts that involved treaty rights, property rights, sovereign immunity, complex jurisdictional and commercial issues, and the protection of cultural and natural resources.