Attorney Profile

Personal Profile

Proud of his native heritage, Gary is an Oklahoma Choctaw who has devoted a substantial part of his extensive career to providing valuable legal counsel to tribes and Indian organizations across the country. 


A member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1978, Gary is an experienced criminal and civil trial lawyer who now spends much of his time advising and representing tribes and Indian organizations in their dealings with state and federal government agencies as well as with congressional staff. He is a frequent guest speaker and attends various legal and business conferences and seminars to speak on a variety of topics including federal, state and tribal relations and Tribal Gaming Law. He is widely recognized for his expertise and representations in financial dealings with Indian tribes, tribal-state relations, constitutional law, gaming management agreements, and gaming law. 


He is an adjunct law professor and member of the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he teaches courses in Indian Gaming Law and Regulation. He serves on a variety of professional panels and advisory committees and is active in advising and directing the efforts of state and national trade organizations. 

Education and Affiliations

Tribal Affiliation/Membership

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma


Education 

Oklahoma City University College of Law (J.D. 1977)

University of Oklahoma College of Journalism (B.A. 1972)


Bar Admissions and Affiliations
Absentee Shawnee Tribal Bar Association

Chickasaw Nation Bar Association

Choctaw Nation Bar Association

Citizen Band Pottawatomie Tribe Bar Association

Comanche Nation Tribal Bar
Miccosukee Tribe of Florida Bar Association

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Bar Association
Osage Nation Bar Association

Sac and Fox Tribe Bar Association

Seminole Nation Bar Association

Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma Bar Association
C.F.R. Courts for both Eastern and Western Regions of Oklahoma
State of Oklahoma Bar Association
Oklahoma Indian Bar Association
Cleveland County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Publications

Scope of Gaming Issues Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act: The Undesirable Influence in Indian Gaming Today, Sovereignty Symposium XVI - 2003  (co-authored with O. Joseph Williams, Esq.)
 

Delaying the Progress of Indian Gaming in Oklahoma: Is the State Running Out of Excuses?, Sovereignty Symposium XV - 2002
 

Secured Transactions and Tribal Sovereignty, The Quarterly Report,  Volume 53, No. 1, Winter, 1999
 

Games of Skill - A Trend or a Treasure for Tribal Gaming Operations,  Sovereignty Symposium XIII - 1999
 

The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in the Aftermath of Seminole,  Sovereignty Symposium IX – 1996