Indian, Licensing, Entertainment and Equine Law | Roen Law
Roen Law serves Indian tribes in business and commercial transactions, gaming, labor and employment, school law, government relations, and litigation.
Indian tribes, Indian law, licensing law, entertainment law, equine law
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Practice Areas

Indian Law | Licensing | Entertainment | Equine

Indian Law

Indian Law

Roen Law serves the legal needs of tribes and their entities in a wide variety of areas affecting Indian country, to include business and commercial transactions, gaming, labor and employment, school law, government relations, and litigation. In providing representation to tribes and their entities, the firm ensures it always analyzes and incorporates important tribal values such a self-determination, sovereignty and self-governance into its legal, strategic and planning advice.

Business and Commercial Transactions

As tribes continue to develop economic opportunity both on and off-reservation, business and commercial transactions associated with this effort become more complex.

Within the tribal context, the firm:

  • Advises tribes and their entities on economic diversification, commercial operations, and business expansion.
  • Structures and negotiates the sale of corporate interests.
  • Identifies and develops financing vehicles for tribal projects and businesses.
  • Drafts and reviews management and operating agreements.
  • Provides a full range of services in documenting, negotiating, and structuring loans.
  • Forms federally, state, and tribally chartered corporations, and other business entities.
  • Forms joint ventures.
  • Advises on insurance needs.
  • Negotiates construction contracts for tribal development projects.

Roen Law regularly monitors and advises clients on developments and trends in Indian gaming, to include state negotiations, revenue sharing, the scope and definition of Class II and Class III gaming and Indian lands, federal oversight, internet gaming, and trust land acquisition and use.

The firm also:

  • Negotiates and drafts gaming compacts and amendments to compacts.
  • Drafts financing, operating, and construction contracts for casino projects, both on and off-reservation.
  • Guides tribes and contractors through the management-contract-approval process;
  • Obtains NIGC declination letters.
  • Negotiates agreements with local governments to allow off-reservation gaming.
  • Drafts comprehensive intergovernmental and development agreements for off-reservation casino projects.
  • Advises tribal gaming enterprises on licensing and enforcement matters.
  • Drafts and revises tribal gaming ordinances and tribal gaming enterprise ordinances.
  • Assists tribes with requests for “Indian lands” opinions under Section 20 of IGRA.
  • Advises tribes on applicable tax exemptions.
  • Drafts tribal internal-control regulations.
  • Assists tribes in drafting, revising, and securing federal approval of gaming-revenue-allocation plans.
  • Advises tribes on internet-gaming initiatives.

Roen Law works aggressively and tenaciously to advocate its clients’ legal positions to resolve disputes. The firm knows from experience, however, that the most comprehensive and cost effective dispute resolutions are often secured at the bargaining table, not the courthouse. Keeping that in mind, the firm works closely with its clients to analyze settlement strategies throughout all stages of litigation.

Roen Law has experience representing clients in tribal, federal, and state judicial and administrative forums, and sometimes in multiple forums at once.

Labor and Employment

Roen Law has broad experience in representing tribes and their entities in labor and employment matters, to include the development of tribal employment laws, procedures, and policies. The firm has prepared employee handbooks, Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (“TEROs”), grievance procedures, drug testing policies, sexual harassment policies, and relevant training materials.

Roen Law also has extensive experience in the application of federal employment laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), and other federal labor laws and their impact on tribes and tribal organizations. The firm has established a successful record in employment matters in tribal courts and state courts, as well as with state and federal regulatory agencies.

Government Relations

Good tribal governance and strongs laws go hand in hand. As a tribe grows and a community’s needs change, it is necessary to review tribal codes, ordinances, regulations, and procedures to ensure they meet the tribe’s needs. Roen Law is experienced in drafting, reviewing, and revising all types of tribal governing documents, including constitutions and bylaws.

The firm:

  • Assists tribes in the drafting and administration of judicial codes, probate codes, civil and criminal codes, juvenile codes, and a variety of other laws.
  • Develops trust and other benefit programs for tribal minors and adults.
  • Assists tribes in negotiating and administering self-determination contracts.
  • Develops tribal employment policies and procedures.
  • Assists tribes in implementing business-licensing ordinances, natural resource regulations, zoning and building codes, ordinances governing tribal-business-enterprise development, and tribal membership.
School Law

Roen Law represents tribal schools and tribal school boards in all areas of the law, including student rights, employment, special education, the application of the Tribally Controlled Schools Act (“TCSA”) and other applicable federal laws, dealing with the Bureau of Indian Education (“BIE”) and other federal and state agencies, and litigation. The firm helps clients avoid liability through sound advice, the analysis and development of effective school policies, and training for school boards and administrators.

Roen Law works with tribally-controlled schools to ensure safe learning environments for Indian children, to include helping tribes seek adequate federal funding for the maintenance and repair of school buildings, as well as to push for the replacement of seriously deteriorated schools.


When it comes to the appropriate exploitation of ideas, memorializing licensing and distribution agreements along with the relationship between idea owners is imperative. Roen Law understands the complexities involved in defining rights and how and where properties can and cannot be exploited.


Making a deal is about more than just how much money can be procured during negotiation. Roen Law understands the importance of preserving the relationship between all parties whether representing individuals or corporate entities.

Roen Law works in the areas of publishing, television/film production, radio, and broadcasting, representing both individual authors, writers, media personalities and the companies that engage and acquire authors and talent.

Equine Law

Roen Law provides legal representation to stables, professionals, businesses, trainers, breeders, exhibitors, and individual horse owners. Todd M. Roen has long been involved with the horse industry as both an owner and exhibitor, and his passion for all things horse-related comes through in his work in the equine space.

The firm provides the following services:

  • Drafting and Negotiating contracts for boarding, training, sales, waivers/releases, leases, and numerous other equine related transactions.
  • Handling breach of contract, fraud/misrepresentation, commercial code, and other claims involving equine-related transactions, including purchases/sales, leases, and partnerships.
  • Litigating disputes in courts or through alternative dispute resolution methods (mediation/arbitration).
  • Counseling industry professionals, stable managers, and individual horse owners.