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Wilda Wahpepah

Special Counsel
Washington, DC
T: 405.321.2027
F: 202.747.3882

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, 2000, cum laude, Dean's Award for Jurisprudence, Environmental Law and Water Law
  • B.A., University of Oklahoma
  • District of Columbia
  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • United States Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
Overview
Honors
Publications & News

Wilda Wahpepah is a special counsel in the Finance & Bankruptcy Practice Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Areas of Practice

Ms. Wahpepah represents tribal governments, businesses and entities doing business with tribes across the country. Her areas of emphasis include regulatory counseling and advice related to tribal jurisdiction and governmental matters, gaming, finance and business development, natural resources and environmental law. Ms. Wahpepah represents tribal governments in state, federal, and tribal courts. She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2015-2017

Articles

  • Co-Author, "The Sustained Attack on Tribal Sovereign Immunity - the Increased Application of the Ex Parte Young Doctrine to Tribal Governmental Officers," California Indian Law Association newsletter, Spring 2013
  • "Are Tribal Corps. Eligible For Bankruptcy Protection?" Law360, March 13, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Piercing the Tribal Corporate Veil,” May 18, 2012, Minnesota CLE Annual Indian Law CLE, Prairie Island, Minn.
  • Co-Author, “Hot Topics in Native American Financing, 2011,” Nov. 3, 2011, Lorman Education Services, Online Webinar.
  • Author, “Internet Gaming,” Oct. 17, 2011, William Mitchell College of Law Second Annual Indian Law CLE, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Co-Author, “Drafting Enforceable Contracts in Indian Country,” May 5, 2011, Minnesota CLE Annual Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, "Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Lake of the Torches Economic Development Corp," Spring 2011 

Finance & Bankruptcy Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Hot Topics in Native American Financing 2014,” November 20, 2014, Lorman Education Services Webinar
  • Panelist, “Negotiating Sovereignty in a Market Economy,” April 14, 2014, The Native American Finance Officers Association’s (NAFOA) 32nd Annual Conference
  • Co-Presenter, “Piercing the Tribal Corporate Veil,” May 18, 2012, Minnesota CLE Annual Indian Law CLE, Prairie Island, Minn.
  • Panelist, “This is My Story,” Nov. 10, 2011, Hamline University Hedgeman Center for Diversity Initiatives, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Co-Presenter, “Hot Topics in Native American Financing, 2011,” Nov. 3, 2011, Lorman Education Services, Online Webinar
  • Presenter, “Internet Gaming,” Oct. 17, 2011, William Mitchell College of Law Second Annual Indian Law CLE, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Co-Presenter, “Drafting Enforceable Contracts in Indian Country,” May 5, 2011, Minnesota CLE Annual Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Panelist, “The Practice of Indian Law and the Politics of Identity,” April 4, 2011, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Presenter, “Indian Energy: History, Policy and Moving Forward with Strength”, March 22, 2011, Native American Finance Officers Association conference, Pala, Calif.
  • Presenter, “Wind Power on Tribal Lands”, October 10, 2010, Midwest Wind Summit, Brookings, S.D.
  • Presenter, “Hot Topics in Indian Law”, April 2, 2009, Federal Bar Association’s 34th Annual Indian Law Conference, Santa Fe, N.M.

Events