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Wilda Wahpepah

Special Counsel
Washington, DC
F: +1.202.747.3882

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
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Overview
Honors
Thought Leadership

Overview

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

Areas of Practice

Wilda 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. Wilda represents tribal governments in state, federal and tribal courts. She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Honors

  • Up-and-Coming, Native American Law, Chambers USA, 2017-2019
  • Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2015-2020

Thought Leadership

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,” Minnesota CLE Annual Indian Law CLE, Prairie Island, Minnesota, May 18, 2012
  • Co-Author, “Hot Topics in Native American Financing, 2011,” Lorman Education Services, Online Webinar, November 3, 2011
  • Author, “Internet Gaming,” William Mitchell College of Law Second Annual Indian Law CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 17, 2011
  • Co-Author, “Drafting Enforceable Contracts in Indian Country,” Minnesota CLE Annual Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 5, 2011
  • "Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Lake of the Torches Economic Development Corp," Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Spring 2011 

Finance & Bankruptcy Law Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

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

Events