Wilda Wahpepah is a special counsel in the Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.
Areas of Practice
Ms. Wahpepah represents tribal governments, businesses and entities doing business with tribes across the country. Her areas of emphasis include regulatory counseling and advice related to tribal jurisdiction and governmental matters, gaming, finance and business development, natural resources and environmental law. Ms. Wahpepah represents tribal governments in state, federal, and tribal courts. She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2015
Publications & News
•Co-Author, The Sustained Attack on Tribal Sovereign Immunity - the Increased Application of the Ex Parte Young Doctrine to Tribal Governmental Officers, California Indian Law Association newsletter, Spring 2013
• Are Tribal Corps. Eligible For Bankruptcy Protection? Law360, March 13, 2013
•Co-Author, “Piercing the Tribal Corporate Veil, ” May 18, 2012, Minnesota CLE Annual Indian Law CLE, Prairie Island, Minn.
•Co-Author, “Hot Topics in Native American Financing, 2011, ” Nov. 3, 2011, Lorman Education Services, Online Webinar.
•Author, “Internet Gaming, ” Oct. 17, 2011, William Mitchell College of Law Second Annual Indian Law CLE, St. Paul, Minn.
•Co-Author, “Drafting Enforceable Contracts in Indian Country, ” May 5, 2011, Minnesota CLE Annual Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minn.
•Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Lake of the Torches Economic Development Corp, Spring 2011
Finance & Bankruptcy Law Blog Posts
• Federal Court Limits Tribe's, Secretary's Options When State Balks at Gaming Compact, October 22, 2014
• U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community et al., May 27, 2014
• Interior's Carcieri Opinion Means More Diligence for Trust Land Development Projects, March 14, 2014
• Tribal Corporate Bankruptcy Petition Raises Issues of First Impression for Bankruptcy Court, March 7, 2013