Mr. Bergin is a business and litigation attorney who has been involved in all aspects of tribal economic development, including business planning, casino and gaming projects, agency negotiations, business transactions, and litigation.
He has been particularly active in the firm′s gaming practice, counseling clients on the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, casino development, Indian lands determinations, Tribal-State compact negotiations, and Fantasy Sports. He has successfully litigated management contract and gaming compact cases. Before joining the firm′s Sacramento office in 2010, Mr. Bergin represented American Indian tribes and tribal enterprises before Congress and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bergin is a frequent speaker on topical issues on economic development strategies, gaming, and tribal self-governance matters.
Economic Development; Corporate Services; Gaming; Litigation; and Tribal Governance.
: California; New York; Utah and the District of Columbia; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Eighth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, the District of Columbia, the Northern and Western Districts of New York, and the District of Utah.
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 2002); California State University, Sacramento (B.A., 1997). While in law school, Mr. Bergin was Chief Editor of the California Initiative Review.
PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Partner, Anderson Tuell LLP (2007-2010); Associate, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP (2005-2007); Attorney, Bergin Law Firm (2003-2005); Associate, Anderson & Holland. PC (2002-2003); and Legislative Consultant, California State Legislature (1997-2002).
REPRESENTATIVE CASES: Bettor Racing, Inc. v. Nat'l Indian Gaming Commission,
812 F.3d 648 (8th Cir. 2016)(Management Contract Dispute); Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe v. State of South Dakota,
2011 WL 2551379, (D.S.D. 2011) (Good Faith Gaming Compact Negotiations); Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Settlement Act,
(P.L.110-297) (Tribal Water Rights Settlement).
California Indian Law Association; California Lawyers for the Arts; and Federal Bar Association.
Co-Author, Carcieri: One Year Later,
Tribal Government Gaming (March 2010); Author, Proposition 42 (2002): Turning Highway Robbery into Highway Relief,
Cal. Init. Rev., (Spring 2002).
HONORS: The Best Lawyers in America
Listing, Native American Law (2015-2018); Chief Editor, California Initiative Review (2002); Witkin Award for Academic Excellence (2001).