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My practice focuses on litigation, primarily representing Indian tribes. I have represented and advised tribes in a broad range of litigation in federal, state, and tribal courts and before federal administrative agencies, including a number of cases before federal appellate courts and the Interior Board of Indian Appeals. I have significant experience litigating issues of tribal sovereignty and immunity, the acquisition, development, and protection of tribal land and water rights, the taxation of Indian lands and property, and the enforcement of the United States’ trust responsibilities.
I have also assisted and advised tribes in numerous non-litigation contexts, including the negotiation of self-governance compacts and funding agreements, fee-into-trust land acquisitions, right-of-way and easement negotiations, the acquisition of Johnson O’Malley Act funds for Indian education programs, and the interpretation and application of tribal legal codes.
In addition to my work on behalf of Native American clients, I have substantial experience in medical malpractice defense litigation and in representing business clients involved in civil litigation, including products liability work and commercial contract disputes.
Prior to joining Kilpatrick Townsend, I attended the University of Georgia and Vanderbilt Law School and served as a law clerk to the Hon. R. Lanier Anderson, III, of the U.S Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2005||08/30/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star - Native American Law||Georgia Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals||Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce||2014|
|Law Clerk||United States Court Of Appeals For The 11th Circuit||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Augusta Bar Association||Treasurer||2014 - 2016|
|Alabama v. PCI Gaming||11th Circuit affirmed dismissal of all claims against client.|
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|Florida International University Law Review||A Rejection of State Efforts to Enforce Gaming Laws on Indian Lands in the Absence of a Tribal-State Compact||2014|
|Vanderbilt University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|University of Georgia||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|From War and Removal to Resurgence: The LEgal and Political History of Florida Tribal Governments||Enforcement of State Gaming Laws in Indian Country||2014|