Mr. Patterson joined the firm in January 2006.
Member, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (Miniconjou/Itazipco Lakota).
Federal Indian law; economic development; energy and natural resource law; international indigenous law.
Colorado; Fort Berthold District Court; Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Court; Ute Indian Tribal Court; Northern Plains Inter-Tribal Court of Appeals. Mr. Patterson has been admitted pro hac vice
to practice law in cases in federal district courts located in Arizona and Utah states.
University of Tulsa (LL.M, 2004, American Indian and Indigenous Law); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 2002); Black Hills State University (B.S., 1999, Social Science and American Indian Studies). As an LL.M candidate, Mr. Patterson studied at the Geneva Comparative Law Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. The program, which was hosted by current and former United Nations representatives, followed the work of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations and provided an in-depth study of the international legal/political system as it relates to indigenous peoples. While at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Patterson served as Vice-President of the Indian Law Student Association, co-organizing the University′s annual Coming Together of the People Conference, a Native American law conference focusing on contemporary legal issues confronting Tribal Nations. He also participated in a student exchange program with the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa where he studied tribal customary and constitutional law in the South African legal system.
American Bar Association; Colorado State Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Indian Law Section; Native American Bar Association; Board of Directors, Cheyenne River Youth Project.
2000-2001 Don A. Olson Outstanding Native American Law Student award for academic and scholastic achievement.
Mr. Patterson is a partner in the Louisville, Colorado Office, where his practice focuses on tribal government representation and economic development. Mr. Patterson has represented Tribes, as both General and Special Counsel, in a broad range of areas of Federal Indian Law including the revision of tribal constitutions, drafting tribal codes and ordinances, federal recognition, fee-to-trust applications, tax planning, housing issues, management of water resources, and water rights settlement claims. He has worked extensively in assisting Tribes with energy development projects, including renewable energy development, oil and gas leases and exploration and development agreements, midstream projects, and other permitting and regulatory compliance matters.
Mr. Patterson has also represented tribal nonprofit organizations, corporations, and individual clients on business planning, corporate governance, tribal election disputes, controversy matters, probate administration, employment litigation, and allottee compensation claims. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Patterson worked for both the Native American Rights Fund and the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services, providing legal services to tribes on issues relating to tribal cultural preservation and natural resource development.