Indian Law

The Indian law practice at Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, LLP is recognized as one of the most accomplished in the country.  As general counsel for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for almost fifty years, we have provided the legal support required to make the Tribe one of the leaders in Indian country.  Our experienced team of attorneys possesses a deep understanding of all substantive areas of Indian law including:  jurisdiction, taxation, land and natural resources, commercial activity, finance, gaming, health care delivery and intergovernmental relations.  As lead counsel, we have litigated important cases at all court levels from tribal court to the United States Supreme Court, and we have negotiated historic agreements involving such matters as gaming, taxation, oil and gas administration, utilities, health service, and licensing.  Whether dealing with tribal governmental code-drafting or preparation of proposed congressional statutes, we have produced model examples of legislation and regulations for the benefit of tribal constituents.  We have also helped develop successful tribal economic diversification and investment outside of Indian country through real estate acquisition and development, energy exploration and production, private equity participation, and financing.  Our philosophy promotes tribal self-determination and the acquisition of tribal capacity so that reliance on federal trust supervision becomes increasingly unnecessary.


Attorneys who practice in this area include:


Thomas H. Shipps
Sam W. Maynes
John Barlow Spear
Steven C. Boos
Elisabeth J. Takeuchi
Adam T. Reeves
Patricia A. Hall