- 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
- United States Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits
- United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
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.
- Up-and-Coming, Native American Law, Chambers USA, 2017-2018
- Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2015-2018
- 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
- "Federal Court Limits Tribe’s, Secretary’s Options When State Balks at Gaming Compact," October 22, 2014
- "U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community et al.," May 27, 2014
- "Interior’s Carcieri Opinion Means More Diligence for Trust Land Development Projects," March 14, 2014
- "Tribal Corporate Bankruptcy Petition Raises Issues of First Impression for Bankruptcy Court," March 7, 2013
- 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.
- Native American Finance Update - What You Need to Know NowSheppard Mullin New York, November 13, 2014
- Investing in Indian Country 101 and Tribal Gaming UpdateSheppard Mullin New York, March 20, 2013