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Peter A. Larson

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Peter Larson is a partner in the firm's Tribal Affairs, Finance, and Gaming practice groups. Peter's transactional practice focuses on representing Indian tribes, tribal entities in financing matters, and commercial and economic development in Indian country.

Peter has considerable experience in all areas of Indian gaming, including Indian lands determinations, federal, state, and tribal regulatory matters, and representation of tribal gaming agencies. He also works on other economic development issues, including land use and leasing, tribal court development, taxation issues, development of tribal laws and regulations, and regularly interacts with the NIGC and the Department of Interior.

Peter’s wide variety of experience includes:

  • Tribal economic development planning, including strategic planning and implementation.
  • Representing Indian tribes in taxable and tax-exempt debt offerings.
  • Representing tribal gaming enterprises in new casino construction financing.
  • Representing institutional lenders in complex financing and refinancing transactions with Indian tribes.
  • Drafting and negotiating development agreements, consulting agreements, and management agreements between tribal governments and non-Indian developers.
  • Negotiation and drafting of leases of tribal and allotted lands.
  • Drafting and implementing tribal gaming ordinances and regulations.
  • Representing native based nonprofit organization in corporate formation and successful efforts to obtain tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.
  • Representing Indian tribes and tribal gaming agencies in tribal-state rulemaking efforts.
  • Drafting federal and state legislation for the benefit of Indian tribes.
  • Drafting and implementing Patron Tort Claims Ordinances.
  • Various other issues relating to tribal government, economic development, and land issues in Indian Country.

More About Peter A. Larson

Education

  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2003
  • J.D., cum laude, Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 2002
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2016
  • California, 2011
  • New York, 2006
  • Arizona, 2004

Community

  • Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Advisory Council Member
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona
  • Tribal In-house Counsel Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Intertribal Court of Southern California Tribal Bar Association

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Native American Law, 2017-2021
  • Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Stars, Native American Law, 2013-2014
  • ASU President's Medal for Social Embeddedness, Arizona Native Vote - Election Protection Project, 2009

Events

  • Presenter, "Tribal Enterprise Case Law Update," Tribal In-house Counsel Association, Arizona State Bar, February 2020
  • Moderator, "Tribal Enterprise Privileges and Immunities: The Slipping Legal Principles," Western Indian Gaming Conference, February 2020
  • Presenter, "Sovereign Immunity Litigation Update," 17th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2019
  • Presenter, “Tax Related Financing Tools,” NCAI’s 2019 Mid Year Conference Tribes Taking Action, June 2019
  • Presenter, “Finance and Capital For Business Development in Indian Country,” Coalition of Large Tribes Quarterly Meeting, March 2019
  • Moderator, “Future of TED Bonds and Tax-Exempt Financings,” 24th Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference, February 2019
  • Guest Lecturer, “Gaming Industry Regulation,” (GAM437) UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, November 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, “Indian Gaming Law,” (LAW631E) U of A James E. Rogers College of Law, April 2018
  • Presenter, “Financing in Indian Country,” California Nations Indian Gaming Association’s Western Indian Gaming Conference, February 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, “Gaming Industry Regulation,” (GAM437) UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, November 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, “Gaming Law,” (Law 622-1001) UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, November 2017
  • Presenter, “Bank Secrecy Act,” Commissioner Certification Training, NIGA Seminar Institute-Indian Gaming Law Master Series, September 2017
  • Panelist, “The Status of Tribal Gaming,” 17th Annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming, August 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, “Law of Gaming and Gambling,” (LAW631E) U of A James E. Rogers College of Law, April 2017 and April 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, “Indian Gaming Under IGRA,” Gaming Law (Law 622-1001) UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, November 2016
  • Guest Lecturer, “History of Indian Gaming,” Gaming Law (Law 622-1001) UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, November 2016
  • Presenter, “Geo-Location Issues for Mobile Gaming: Additional Legal Issues for Gaming on Mobile Platforms,” Law Seminars International: Tribal Online Gambling, May 2015
  • Presenter, “Resolving Easement and Right-of-Way Issues on Reservation Lands,” Negotiating Contracts on Tribal Lands, National Business Institute, April 2015
  • Speaker, “Taxation, Accounting and Audits: State Efforts to Expand Revenues,” Gaming Law Minefield 2015, February 2015
  • Presenter, “Free Play Isn't Free,” 20th Annual OIGA Conference & Tradeshow: Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, August 2014
  • Presenter, “Business Models for Internet Gambling Operations,” Law Seminars International: The Second Annual Conference on Legal Issues for Tribal Internet Gambling, April 2014
  • Presenter, “Federal Indian Law Case Update: Staying Ahead in the Count in Federal Indian Law,” 2014 Spring Training for Lawyers Convention, March 2014
  • Presenter, “Ethics,” The Legal Landscape of Tribal Energy Development Conference, November 2013
  • Presenter, “Free Play: How Far Are We From What it Was Meant to Be?” Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow and Conference, August 2013
  • Program Co-chair, “Developing Proactive Strategies,” Law Seminars International: Conference on Legal Issues for Tribal Internet Gambling, April 2013 
  • Presenter, “Paving Paths for Productive Business Ventures in Indian Country,”​​​​​​​ REDW Tribal Finance and Leadership Conference, November 2012
  • Presenter, “Financing Issues: Tribal Business and Casinos,”​​​​​​​ IMGL's 2012 Spring Conference, April 2012
  • Presenter, “Achieving Mutually Beneficial Tax Compacts with the State of California,”​​​​​​​ 17th Annual Western Indian Gaming Conference, February 2012
  • Panelist, “Economic Development,”​​​​​​​ Native American Community Leaders Institute Program, March 2010

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