Crowe & Dunlevy Elected as General Counsel for Comanche Nation of Oklahoma

Crowe & Dunlevy was recently elected as the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma’s general counsel for the third year. The firm has served the tribe in this capacity since June 2012. Mike McBride III(pictured left), Crowe & Dunlevy director, and Walter R. Echo-Hawk Jr., of counsel for the firm, lead the Comanche Nation’s legal team and have helped the business committee, board and various commissions achieve a number of milestones and court victories.

“We are honored that the Comanche Nation has again selected Crowe & Dunlevy to be the tribe’s general counsel,” said Crowe & Dunlevy President Kevin Gordon. “The work we have helped the tribe accomplish is a testament to the expertise both Mike and Walter display with their extensive backgrounds in gaming and federal Indian law.”

The Comanche Nation is a federally recognized tribe with enrollment of more than 15,000 members, with nearly 8,000 members residing in Lawton, Okla. and surrounding areas of southwest Oklahoma. The Comanche Nation employs nearly 1,000 people.

McBride chairs Crowe & Dunlevy’s Indian Law & Gaming practice group and is an experienced trial, appellate and business lawyer with two decades of experience. He has represented more than 20 Indian tribal governments or their entities and numerous corporations and individuals doing business with tribes. He excels in gaming regulatory matters, “bet the tribe” litigation, tribal government matters, economic development and regulatory matters. He is one of only two Oklahoma general members of the International Masters of Gaming Law and serves as the organization’s Treasurer. McBride received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Oklahoma and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Echo-Hawk serves of counsel in the firm’s Indian Law & Gaming practice group. A lawyer, tribal judge, scholar and activist, his legal experience includes cases involving Native American religious freedom, prisoner rights, water rights, treaty rights and reburial/repatriation rights. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation, belonging to the Kitkahaki Band, born on the Pawnee reservation in Oklahoma. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Oklahoma State University.

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