McBride Elected Attorney General, Law Firm Named General Counsel of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma recently elected Crowe & Dunlevy director D. Michael McBride III attorney general and named Crowe & Dunlevy as the tribe’s general counsel. McBride and the firm will serve for a one year term which may be extended for an additional two years.

“This election by the Seminole Nation serves as a testament to the experience and expertise both Michael and the firm offer our clients,” said Kevin Gordon, Crowe & Dunlevy president. “In particular, Michael’s extensive background and expertise in gaming and federal Indian law will be invaluable to the tribe.”

The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma is a federally recognized tribal nation located in south-central Oklahoma in Seminole County. Of 18,800 enrolled tribal citizens, 13,533 live within the state of Oklahoma. The Seminole General Council, chaired by the principal chief and assistant chief, serve as the elected governing body.

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 that conduct business with tribes. McBride specializes in gaming regulatory matters, “bet the tribe” litigation, tribal government matters, economic development and regulatory matters.

He formerly served as attorney general to the Seminole Nation and the Sac and Fox Nation. He is currently a director of the Tulsa Indian Club, Inc., a trustee for the Pawnee Nation College and served for nearly a decade as a Justice for the Pawnee Nation. McBride has been listed in Chambers USA and was named a 2013 “Star Individual,” the highest individual ranking awarded by Chambers. He has also been recognized as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer for Indian law, gaming, political law and business litigation, and by Best Lawyers in America for Native American and gaming law.

He 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.

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