Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Receives State Service Award

Crowe & Dunlevy attorney D. Michael McBride III recently received the Mary Townsend Crowe Service Award from the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women (OFIW). The OFIW Statewide Award Committee selected McBride as an outstanding individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve and benefit American Indians. He received the award during the OFIW Statewide Awards Banquet held at the Claude Cox Omniplex in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

“Mike is an exemplary advocate for American Indian rights in Oklahoma and across the nation,” said Kevin D. Gordon, president and CEO of Crowe & Dunlevy. “We are proud of him for this recognition and know he will continue to serve as a leader in the field of American Indian law.”

McBride serves as chair of Crowe & Dunlevy’s Indian Law & Gaming practice group and is based in the firm’s Tulsa office. A trial, appellate and business lawyer with two decades of experience, he has particular expertise in gaming, federal Indian law, litigation and complex transactions. McBride has tried more than 50 cases to conclusion in federal, tribal and state courts including numerous jury trials. He excels in gaming regulatory matters, “bet the tribe” litigation, tribal government matters, economic development and regulatory matters. Corporations, investment funds and individuals have hired him as an expert consultant and as an expert witness in multiple federal state court cases to testify on Indian gaming matters.

He has represented more than 20 Indian tribal governments or their entities and numerous corporations and individuals doing business with tribes. He is one of only two Oklahoma general members of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and serves as the organization’s treasurer. IMGL recognized McBride with the President's Cup Award in 2011.

He has been recognized by Chambers & Partners in Band 1 for Native American Law and was named a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Star Individual, the highest individual ranking awarded by Chambers. He is listed by Oklahoma Super Lawyers for Indian Law, Gaming, Political Law and Business Litigation. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers for Native American & Gaming Law and as AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

He is a member of the Federal Bar Association’s (FBA) national board of directors and is chair of the audit committee. He was chair of the FBA's Indian Law Section, the largest Indian law organization in the country, from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, the FBA named him general counsel on the organization's national board of directors. The FBA has recognized McBride with a number of awards, including an Indian Law Section Distinguished Service Award in 2009, an Outstanding Section Chair Award in 2007 and 2008 as well as several service awards over the last decade. The three Inns in Tulsa of the American Inns of Court have also honored Mike with the John S. Athens Award for Leadership and Ethics.

McBride received his undergraduate degree from Trinity University and Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

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