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Godfrey & Kahn’s litigators are experienced in all types of civil and criminal litigation in tribal, state and federal courts.

Bar admissions include state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and various tribal courts. Our attorneys’ Indian country litigation experience includes:

  • Representation of tribes in tribal courts in a wide variety of matters involving tribal constitutional issues, employment issues, election disputes and other governmental and commercial matters
  • Federal court litigation to protect the right of Chippewa spear fishers to exercise rights reserved under the treaties of 1837, 1842 and 1854, resulting in a permanent injunction prohibiting interference with treaty-reserved rights. Lac du Flambeau v. Stop Treaty Abuse-Wisconsin, et al., 41 F.3d 449 (7th Cir. 1994), cert. denied 514 U.S. 1096 (1995)
  • Federal court litigation to prevent state taxing authorities from attempting to exercise jurisdiction in Indian country in violation of federal law, resulting in a permanent injunction prohibiting efforts to tax tribal member residing on reservation with respect to income earned outside state. Lac du Flambeau v. Zeuske, 145 F.Supp.2d 969 (W.D.Wis. 2000)
  • Representation of tribes in state courts in connection with a wide variety of business, commercial disputes and governmental disputes. 
Michael Apfeld

Apfeld, Michael B.

Of Counsel
Andrew Oettinger

Oettinger, Andrew S.


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