The firm handles an array of Native American issues, including, but not limited to, sovereign immunity, Tribal sovereignty, Indian water rights, the Indian Gaming and Regulatory Act, Tribal Compacts, Tribal contracts and leases, Indian Tax issues, Indian environmental regulatory and compliance issues and labor and employment issues on tribal lands.
We have particular expertise in the complex area of Indian water rights settlements. Our Land Use attorneys counsel clients and prepare and process applications before various agencies with special jurisdiction, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Our Art Law attorneys have experience in resolving issues relating to Native American Tribal and Cultural objects, and provide advice on the creation and ongoing function of cultural centers and museums.
In addition, our Finance attorneys have represented Indian tribes in connection with several multi-billion dollar loan facilities for major gaming and resort companies, including a syndicated development loan to a tribe to finance a $300,000,000 expansion of its existing casino facilities.
Richard Simmons is an expert in his field and the "go to" person for wage hour advice and litigation.Read more
Richard Simmons is an expert in his field and the "go to" person for wage hour advice and litigation.Read less
It is a true pleasure to work with Bob. I can offer no higher compliment than to say that he is an trusted counselor.Read more
It is a true pleasure to work with Bob. I can offer no higher compliment than to say that he is an trusted counselor.Read less
After 16 years and various nightmares caused by 9/11 budget cuts, after dealing with numerous attorneys before hand, Greg came through where others di...Read more
After 16 years and various nightmares caused by 9/11 budget cuts, after dealing with numerous attorneys before hand, Greg came through where others did not. I highly recommend him, and am thankful for my green card, when I thought the situation was hopeless.Read less
"As Sheppard Mullin continues to grow, it is important that we not lose sight of the need to recruit women, attorneys of color and others of diverse backgrounds."
-Guy Halgren, Chairman of the Executive Committee
At Sheppard Mullin, we make every effort to recruit the finest lawyers and nurture their talents. The firm recognizes the importance of diversity and the need to create a workplace of inclusion. We need ¿ and our clients demand ¿ a team of attorneys that is as diverse as our increasingly global client base. Achieving and maintaining diversity is key to great client service ¿ a core value of our firm. What distinguishes good intentions from results is a commitment by senior management to find the best attorneys possible coupled with the sincere belief that people with diverse backgrounds bring valuable attributes to the firm. At Sheppard Mullin, the Executive Committee, Diversity Committee, and the lawyers in each of our offices work hard to ensure that all attorneys who join our firm fit in seamlessly and are encouraged to succeed.
Members of our Diversity Committee include ethnically diverse attorneys and a representative from the firm's Executive Committee. Diversity Committee members have served on the Boards of the Anti-Defamation League, the Black Women Lawyers Foundation (Los Angeles), and the Charles Houston Bar Association (northern California). Women and minority attorneys participate on key committees of the Firm (Executive Committee; Compensation Committee; Diversity Committee; Recruiting Committee; Professional Personnel Committee; Associate Issues Committee). Four of the Firm's nine Office Administrative Partners are women, one of whom is African-American and another is multi-racial.
"Serving on the firm's Diversity Committee is one of the most important things I do. I firmly believe that we must be vigilant in our efforts to recruit talented women attorneys and attorneys of color. Our success in this area has a positive effect our firm's culture, practice and client relationships."
-Joan Story, Member Executive Committee and Diversity Committee
Below is a description of just some of our outreach efforts.
Much of our pro bono work relates to the diversity of the communities in which we practice; sample clients include:
Awareness of diversity enables us to understand the value of differences. At Sheppard Mullin, we are committed to hiring top tier attorneys, without regard to race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.