Patrick Sullivan’s law practice spans regulatory matters before agencies including the Department of Interior and National Indian Gaming Commission, litigation of agency decisions and policy in federal courts, lobbying and legislative policy, and advising tribal, state and municipal government clients in government-to-government negotiations. Mr. Sullivan supports investments and transactions involving Indian tribes through contract drafting and negotiation.
Patrick Sullivan has deep experience gained in a major national law firm advising clients on law and policy related to Indian tribes. He has published and spoken on Indian law issues and serves actively on the board of the Indian Law Section of the Oregon State Bar where he developed a continuing education program.
During his legal education, Mr. Sullivan worked in the United States Department of the Interior and National Indian Gaming Commission, giving him a unique understanding of the operation of those agencies.
As a former software industry executive, Mr. Sullivan brings deep knowledge and enthusiasm for technology and entrepreneurship.
- Lobbied Congress and Department of Interior for approval of a major river restoration project
- Represented state in major gaming compact litigation
- Represented California Indian tribe in negotiation of Tribal-State Compact and intergovernmental agreements with local governments.
- Represented various clients in litigation against the federal government challenging federal agency decisions.
- The Foundation of Indian Law in the United States. (Co-author) Indian Gaming Lawyer Vol. 1. No. 2, October 15, 2016.
- The Tribal Trump Card. Indian Gaming Lawyer Vol. 1 No. 1, May 15, 2016.
- Alaska Presses D.C. Court of Appeals to Reject Trust Acquisitions in Alaska. Gaming Legal News, Jan 5, 2016.
- Wyoming Senator Barrasso Introduces Carcieri Compromise Bill. Gaming Legal News, Nov 17, 2015.
- Enterprise Rancheria Ready to Construct Class II Casino. Gaming Legal News, Sep 27, 2015.
- Casino City Press Releases 2015 Indian Gaming Industry Report. Gaming Legal News, May 26, 2015
- Bills Propose to Reverse National Labor Relations Board Jurisdictions over Indian Tribal Governments. Gaming Legal News, May 12, 2015.
- North Fork Tribe Sues California State for Compact in Latest Chapter of Gaming Saga. Gaming Legal News, April 17, 2015.
- Idaho Tribes and Community Leaders Seek to Limit “Instant Racing” Gaming Machines. Gaming Legal News, February 17, 2015
- Department of Justice Files Suit Against Santa Ysabel Tribe’s “Desert Rose Bingo” Site. Gaming Legal News, December 30, 2014.
- Indian Country Awaits 9th Circuit’s En Banc Rehearing in Big Lagoon Case. Gaming Legal News, July 1, 2014
- Glendale City Council Softens Stance on Tohono O’Odham Casino. Gaming Legal News, April 15, 2014
- The Hualapai Grand Canyon Disputes Continue. Gaming Legal News, February 12, 2014.
- Chaudhuri Appointed to National Indian Gaming Commission. Gaming Legal News, December 18, 2013
- The Illusion of Federal Jurisdiction in Tribal Contracts. Gaming Legal News, November 21, 2013.
- States and Consumers Battle Tribal Payday Lenders. Gaming Legal News, October 23, 2013.
- Fast Food Comes to Indian Country. Gaming Legal News, September 3, 2013
- Ruling On Leased Slots Opens Door To On-Reservation Personal Property Taxes. Gaming Legal News, August 5, 2013.
- National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) Reverses Stance On One-Touch Bingo Classification. Gaming Legal News, July 7, 2013.
- Supreme Court Will Review Michigan v. Bay Mills Decision. Gaming Legal News, May 27, 2013.
- Ninth Circuit Demands Interior Explain Glendale Trust Gaming Decision. Gaming Legal News, May 27, 2013.
- National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) Publishes Final Rule for Tribal Self-Regulation. Gaming Legal News, May 22, 2013.
- Negotiating Dispute Resolution with Indian Tribes: Don’t Do It Alone. Gaming Legal News, April 10, 2013.
- Tribal Gaming Revenue Sharing in California. Gaming Legal News, March 20, 2013.
- Seneca Nation v. New York Exclusivity Dispute Update. Gaming Legal News, March 11, 2013.
- Indian Country and Obama’s Choice for Secretary of the Interior. Gaming Legal News, February 13, 2013.
- Will the Ex Parte Young Doctrine Swallow Tribal Sovereign Immunity Whole? Gaming Legal News, January 16, 2013.
- Economic Diversity in Indian Country: Two Success Stories. Gaming Legal News, November 12, 2012.
- Racing to New Off-Reservation Gaming in Oregon. Gaming Legal News, November 12, 2012.
- Seneca Nation v. New York: Issues and Ramifications. Gaming Legal News, October 17, 2012.
- Open for Business: Emerging Business Models in Open Source Software (co-author). International Journal of Technology Management, 52, 432-456. (2010).
- Guest Lecturer, “Negotiating and Litigating Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compacts,” University of Tulsa College of Law Gaming Law Course, March 20, 2017
- Speaker and Moderator, “Negotiating Contracts with Indian Tribes and Tribal Entities,” Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section Justice in Indian Country CLE, October 6, 2015
- Speaker, “The Indian Land-To-Trust Process in the United States,” 2014 International Municipal Lawyers Association’s 2014 Annual Conference, September 13, 2014.