Indian Gaming Law

Nielsen Merksamer attorneys are widely known as experts in the implementation of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and corollary federal Indian laws. Because California is home to over 100 tribes, who are located throughout the length and breadth of the State, the firm has represented numerous local governments and other affected entities in the areas where tribes seek to establish tribal casinos. Nielsen Merksamer has represented local governments and others in state and federal court, the State Legislature, state and federal administrative agencies, and tribal-state compact arbitration proceedings. We have litigated issues ranging from the constitutionality of certain gaming compacts to the application of appropriate land use planning and environmental standards on lands over which tribes seek to claim jurisdiction. The firm also has years of experience in negotiating agreements to mitigate the impacts of gambling enterprises on local communities.