Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan’s law practice spans federal litigation, Indian and commercial casino gaming regulatory matters,  lobbying and legislative policy, advising tribal, state and municipal government clients in government-to-government negotiations, and supporting  investments and transactions through contract drafting and negotiation.

Education & Credentials


Lewis & Clark Law School

J.D., 2012

Portland State University

M.B.A., 2005

Reed College

B.A., 2000

Bar Admission

  • Oregon
  • District of Columbia

Prominent Assignments

  • Represented multiple clients in federal litigation challenging agency decisions and contract obligations
  • Represented state in multi-billion dollar gaming compact litigation
  • Represented California Indian tribe in negotiation of Tribal-State Compact and intergovernmental agreements with local governments
  • Lobbied Congress and Department of Interior for approval of a major river restoration project

Professional Involvement

  • Native American Bar Association of D.C. - Executive Board Member 2012-2014
  • Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section - Executive Committee Member 2013-Present; Chairman, 2018

Community Involvement

  • Board Chair, Underscore Media (Investigative journalism nom-profit) 2018-Present
  • Member, Reed College Alumni Board 2018-Present
  • Volunteer, Friends’ Committee on National Legislation

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • State of Oregon


  • The Foundation of Indian Law in the United States. (Co-author) Indian Gaming Lawyer Vol. 1. No. 2, October 15, 2016
  • The Tribal Trump Card. Indian Gaming Lawyer Vol. 1 No. 1, May 15, 2016
  • Open for Business: Emerging Business Models in Open Source Software (co-author). International Journal of Technology Management, 52, 432-456. (2010)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Negotiating and Litigating Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compacts,” University of Tulsa College of Law Gaming Law Course, March 20, 2017
  • Speaker and Moderator, “Negotiating Contracts with Indian Tribes and Tribal Entities,” Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section Justice in Indian Country CLE, October 6, 2015
  • Speaker, “The Indian Land-To-Trust Process in the United States,” 2014 International Municipal Lawyers Association’s 2014 Annual Conference, September 13, 2014
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