Sullivan, Patrick


Reed College

B.A., 2000

Portland State University School of Business Administration

M.B.A., 2005

Lewis & Clark Law School

J.D., 2012

Bar Admission

District of Columbia

Patrick Sullivan



Mr. Sullivan represents clients in tribal, state and federal litigation, regulatory matters before various government agencies and negotiation of intergovernmental agreements between Indian tribes and state and local municipalities. He holds an M.B.A from Portland State University and helped build several successful software companies. Mr. Sullivan’s popular articles in the Gaming Legal News are frequently republished in high-profile law blogs and online publications.

Prominent Assignments

Represented large California Indian tribe in development of casino resort. Advised tribal council and staff on government-to-government relations, negotiation of Class III Gaming Compact and intergovernmental agreements, real estate transactions, environmental compliance, construction and development contracts.

Represented city government in major state court litigation involving two Indian tribes. Drafted motions, briefs, discovery requests and settlement agreement.

Represented landowner in APA challenge to unlawful Indian lease termination in federal district court.

Represented well-known franchise restaurant in negotiation of contract to place new location on Indian land.

Pro bono co-counsel to ACLU of Michigan in class action representing inmates denied access to religious services. Drafted motions to approve class settlement and award of attorney’s fees.   

Professional Involvement

  • Executive Committee, Oregon Bar Association Indian Law Section
  • Board Member, Native American Bar Association of D.C.

Community Involvement

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA)
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Alumni Association


  • Co-author, Open for Business: Emerging Business Models in Open Source Software, International Journal of Technology Management, 52, 432-456. (2010).
  • Seneca Nation v. New York: Issues and Ramifications, DW Gaming Legal News, Oct. 17, 2012.
  • Racing to New Off-Reservation Gaming in Oregon, DW Gaming Legal News, Nov. 11, 2012.
  • Economic Diversity in Indian Country: Two Success Stories, DW Gaming Legal News, Dec. 12, 2012.
  • Will the Ex Parte Young Doctrine Swallow Tribal Sovereign Immunity Whole?, DW Gaming Legal News, Jan. 16, 2013.
  • Negotiating Dispute Resolution with Indian Tribes: Don’t Do It Alone, DW Gaming Legal News, April 10, 2013.
  • National Indian Gaming Commission Reverses Stance On One-Touch Bingo Classification, DW Gaming Legal News, July 7, 2013.
  • Ruling On Leased Slots Opens Door To On-Reservation Personal Property Taxes, DW Gaming Legal News, August 5, 2013.
  • States and Consumers Battle Tribal Payday Lenders, DW Gaming Legal News, Oct. 23, 2013.
  • The Illusion of Federal Jurisdiction in Tribal Contracts, DW Gaming Legal News, Nov. 21, 2013.
  • Fast Food Comes to Indian Country, DW Gaming Legal News, Sep. 3. 2013.
  • Glendale, Arizona City Council Softens Stance on Tohono O’Odham Casino, DW Gaming Legal News, Apr. 15, 2014.          

Other Experience

  • 10 years' progressive leadership experience in the software industry