Don Pongrace Speaks with Law360 about American Indian Legal Practices
Don Pongrace, head of the American Indian law and policy practice at Akin Gump, was quoted by Law360 in the article “BigLaw, Boutiques To Stay Busy With Native American Work,” which looks at the landscape for Native American practices at law firms, both big and small.
The article notes that many boutique law firms tend to handle an array of everyday legal matters for tribes and their members. The larger firms, meanwhile, are better suited for the more high-profile or complicated work, such as financing a casino or energy project that costs several hundred million dollars or helping with big-stakes lawsuits.
Pongrace said that on any given day, Akin Gump will have as many as 40 to 50 lawyers working on Native American matters. The larger firms, he added, are gaining traction in the area of Native American law largely because of the rapid growth of tribal economies over the last decade or so.