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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Robert S. Strauss Tower
2001 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1037
United States
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Work Department

Partner; Public Law & Policy


Chair of Akin Gump’s American Indian Law and Policy Practice; advises and represents tribal clients on complex private, and government-to-government negotiations, including land and water claims, gaming compacts, development projects, transportation infrastructure and rights of way, among others; represents clients in negotiations, federal, state and tribal courts, and before federal agencies and the U.S. Congress.

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District of Columbia Bar.


BA (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), Bates College (1979); JD (magna cum laude), American University (1985); law clerk, Honorable HE Widener Jr, US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit (1985-86).

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Native American law

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Donald R Pongrace  — Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has great experience in acting for tribes, and is overseen by Donald R Pongrace  in Washington, DC. An experienced group of practitioners who previously served in federal agencies including the Interior Department and the National Indian Gaming Commission, the team advises tribal governments on sovereignty issues, economic development, and has a specialism in land and water rights settlements. Allison Binney, who previously served as chief counsel to the U.S Senate Committe on Indian Affairs is the key contact for defending tribal government before tribal courts and federal agencies on land, tax, and gaming matters. Senior counsel Katie Brossy  is also recommended, as is Merrill Godfrey, who handles high-stakes litigation for Indian tribes across the United States. The practice also focuses on assisting tribal clients on diversifying their business away from casinos to renewable energy projects and accessing emerging markets in South America. For economic issues, Jason Hauter is the name for development on American Indian lands, particularly water resource and management. Brette Pena joined the group from the U.S District Court- Oklahoma Northern Circuit.