Troy A. Eid, the former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, is a principal shareholder in the firm's Denver office. He has wide-ranging experience in complex federal, state and tribal litigation at the administrative, trial and appellate court level.
Mr. Eid also handles a wide range of sensitive commercial transactions and disputes that require statutory, regulatory or administrative approval. Recent examples include:
•Spearheading the statutory review and community participation process to enable the successful purchase and sale of major hospitals and medical systems under state law, becoming a 'public face' and spokesperson for the transaction.
•Representing the operators of interstate natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure construction projects, coordinating environmental and cultural resource reviews, Native American tribal employment, construction-monitoring, and outreach, and right-of way negotiations on public and private lands.
•Advising public employee pension funds on the proposed privatization of state departments and agencies.
•Negotiating a judicial consent decree, on behalf of a multi-national corporation, to settle the largest environmental enforcement action ever filed by the U.S. government under the storm water provisions of the Clean Water Act.
•Advising tribal governments on achieving the effective compliance of their law enforcement, judicial, and social service systems with applicable federal laws and regulations.
•Counseling various natural resource and environmental remediation clients in complying effectively with federal, state and tribal civil and criminal investigations.
The common thread is a business deal or dispute with many moving parts where Mr. Eid coordinates a diverse team to accomplish a result requiring approval through a public process. His skills running a large public law firm as a U.S. Attorney, and previously as the head of Colorado's 70,000-employee civil service system and as an in-house general counsel in private business, equip him for such inter-disciplinary challenges.
Mr. Eid co-chairs the firm's American Indian Law Practice Group, one of the top-rated in the United States by the Chambers USAGuide. Chambers features Mr. Eid in both American Indian law and environmental law/natural resources, and he is also listed in Best Lawyers in America.
In addition to his law practice with the firm, Mr. Eid currently serves as the Chairman of the Indian Law and Order Commission, which advises President Obama and the Congress on criminal justice and public safety issues concerning 566 federally recognized Indian tribes and nations throughout the country. Mr. Eid, who was appointed as Colorado's U.S. Attorney by President George W. Bush, was appointed to the Commission by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and unanimously elected Chairman by its members.
Mr. Eid's recent awards include Lawyer of the Year by Law Week Colorado (2011), in recognition of his role in the $1.45 billion sale of the HealthONE hospital system, and Member of the Year by the Navajo Nation Bar Association (2012), the largest bar that directly serves an Indian nation. He has also been honored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, the National Congress of American Indians, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
An Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law, Mr. Eid has recently published articles, testified before Congress, and appeared on C-SPAN and elsewhere on a wide range of legal and law enforcement topics, ranging from American Indian law and policy to the regulation of marijuana and narcotics.
Mr. Eid graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Areas of Concentration
•American Indian law
•Energy and natural resources
Awards & Recognition
•Selected, 5280's Top Lawyers, Native American Law, 2015
•Listed, Denver Business Journal, Who's Who in Energy, 2014-2015
•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Native American Law, 2013-2015
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2010-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2009, 2011-2014
•Selected, Law Week Colorado, Colorado Lawyer of the Year, 2011
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
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•United States Attorney, District of Colorado, August 2006-January 2009
•Cabinet Member, Colorado Governor Bill Owens, 1999-2003
•Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, InfoTEST International, an Internet applications development consortium founded by Hewlett-Packard Co. and including AT&T, Sprint, IBM, 3M, Harvard University and 60 corporations, universities and research laboratories, 1994-1998
•Associate, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, Denver, Colorado, 1992-1994
•Law Clerk to Judge Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1991-1992
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
•Presenter, Marijuana in Colorado: A Case Study, Tribal Marijuana Conference, Seattle, WA, February 28, 2015
•Speaker, Endorsing the Recommendations of the Indian Law and Order Commission in support of Resolution 111A, American Bar Association House of Delegates, Houston, TX, February 9, 2015
•Presenter, Ethics in Navajo Traditional Law, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Window Rock, AZ, December 5, 2014
•Presenter, Colorado's Marijuana Experiment, Economic Club of Colorado, October 20, 2014
•Testified before the U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Native American and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence, Anchorage, AK, June 11, 2014
•Panelist, Implementing the Violence Against Women Act, National Congress of American Indians, Anchorage, AK, June 9, 2014
•Testified before the U.S. Department of the Interior field hearing regarding proposed revisions to federal regulations governing the conversion of fee property into federal trust status in the State of Alaska, Anchorage, AK, June 9, 2014
•Speaker, Coalition of Large Tribes Impact Meeting, Washington, D.C., March 5, 2014
•Keynote Speaker, Southern Florida Tribes and the Law, Florida International University Law Review Annual Conference, Boca Raton, FL, February 28, 2014
•Speaker, Ethics, the Water Law Context, 20th Annual Conference, Western Water Law Institute, Las Vegas, NV, November 14, 2013
•Presenter, Indian Law and Order Commission - Roadmap with Recommendations to Make Indian Country Safer, White House Tribal Nations Conference, Washington, DC, November 13, 2013
•Speaker, Indian Law and Order Commission, Law Seminars International, the 2nd Annual Conference on Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Economic Development, Las Vegas, NV, October 11, 2013
•Presenter, Indian Law and Order Commission - Update on the Report to the President, The Second Annual Conference on Tribal Rights, Sovereignty & Economic Development, Law Seminars International, Las Vegas, NV, October 10, 2013
•Testified before the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors, LSC Funding for the Representation of Indigent Defendants in Tribal Court Criminal Proceedings, Denver, CO, July 22, 2013
•Presenter, The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act, annual Inter-Tribal Consultation for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, U.S. Department of Justice, Twin Arrows (Navajo Nation), AZ, July 18, 2013
•Keynote Address, Beyond the Violence Against Women Act: Closing the Public Safety Gap in Native America by 2024, National Congress of American Indians, plenary session, Reno, NV, June 25, 2013
•Mediator, Tribal Consultation between the State of Colorado and the Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapaho, and Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes regarding the Sand Creek Massacre exhibit, Colorado State History Museum (History Colorado Center), June 18-19, 2013
•Panelist, The 2013 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Amendments: Perspectives from Federal, Navajo and Hopi Law, Navajo Nation Bar Association annual conference, Flagstaff, AZ, June 7, 2013
•Panelist, Energy! Enlightening & Invigorating the Practice of Indian Law, 38th Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, Santa Fe, NM, April 11-12, 2013
•Panelist, Washington vs. Washington (and Colorado): Who Should Decide About Marijuana? The Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C., January 8, 2013
•Opening Speaker, Introducing the Work of the Tribal Law and Order Commission (TLOC), Harvard Law School Tribal Courts Symposium, Cambridge, MA, November 8, 2012
•Panelist, Marijuana at the Crossroads: A Symposium, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO, January 27, 2012
•Presenter, Ethics in Action, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Gallup, NM, December 9, 2011
•Testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Has the Tribal Law & Order Act Strengthened Public Safety and Justice Throughout Indian Country? September 22, 2011
•Presenter, Restructuring Justice in Indian Country, U.S. Department of Justice's government-to-government consultations with Native American Tribal leaders, Tribal Law & Order Act of 2010, Scottsdale, AZ, May 11, 2011 and Billings, MT, May 16, 2011
•Panelist Access to Justice for Native American Women and Alaska Native Women, Civil Liberties Conference, ACLU Northwest, October 29, 2010
•Panelist, Shoring up the Foundations of Federal Indian Law and Policy for an Era of Nation Building, Tribal Leaders Forum, June 9, 2010
•Testified before the Navajo Nation Council, Criminal Extradition Laws and Navajo Nation Sovereignty, Window Rock, AZ, March 4, 2010
•Panelist, Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country, The Next Great Generation of Indian Law Judges Conference, Boulder, CO, January 29, 2010
•Panelist, The Impact of 9/11 - From Bush to Obama, German Marshall Forum, October 23, 2009
•Witness, United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Hearing on S.797 - the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2009, June 2009
•Author, Indian Youth Hurt by Colorado's Marijuana Experiment, The Denver Post, Opinion, July 26, 2014
•Featured, Eid Completes Term as Chair of Indian Law and Order Commission, NAFUSA Update, May 2014
•Book review of David S. Case and David A. Voluck Alaska Natives and American Laws, Alaska Law Review, VOL. 30:2, pp. 223-230, 2013
•Book review of Barbara Cosens and Judith V. Royster, The Future of Indian and Federal Reserved Water Rights, in SOUTH DAKOTA HISTORY, Vol. 43, No. 1, Spring 2013
•Co-Author, Separate But Unequal: The Federal Criminal Justice System in Indian Country, University of Colorado Law Review, Fall 2010
•Author, The Tribal Law and Order Act: An 'Aggressive Fight' Worth Winning, The Federal Lawyer, March/April 2010
•Author, Federal Actions Speak Louder than Words, Indian Country Today, November 25, 2009
•Author, Making Indian Country Safer: Colorado's 'Admirable' Experiment, The Colorado Lawyer, October 2009
•Author, Making Indian Country Safer: Opportunities for the Obama Administration, Federal Indian Law, April 2009
•Author, Beyond Oliphant: Strengthening Criminal Justice in Indian Country, The Federal Lawyer, March/April 2007
•Co-Author, Strategic Democracy-Building: How States Can Help (co-authored with Governor Bill Owens), Alexander T.J. Lennon, editor, Winning Hearts and Minds: Using Soft Power to Undermine Terrorist Networks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, pp. 130-149, 2003
•Quoted, Indian Tribes' New Negotiating Power Costs Utilities - Governments Demand Much Higher Right-of-Way Fees on Reservations, The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2014
•Quoted, Legal Marijuana Raises Issues for Indian Tribes, Time online, February 6, 2014
•Guest Commentator, Colorado State of Mind, The state of Public Safety and Justice in Western U.S. Indian Country, as reported in the recent report from the National Indian Law and Order Commission on Rocky Mountain PBS (Channel 6-Denver/Front Range; Channel 8-Pueblo/Colorado Springs; Channel 18-Grand Junction/western Colorado), January 17, 2014
•Mentioned, Sen. Dorgan on Native Youth, Sequestration, and the Dysfunctional Congress, Indian Country Today Media Network, December 23, 2013
•Invited Guest, Tribal Law and Order in Alaska, Alaska Public Radio Network, November 15, 2013
In the capacity of the chair of the Indian Law and Order Commission, provided testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on The Tribal Law and Order Act - One Year Later. The purpose of the hearing was to analyze if improvements have been made on public safety and justice throughout Indian Country.
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