Mark A. Levitan (Senior Partner and Co-Founder)

Mark A. Levitan(Senior Partner and Co-Founder) has over 20 years of experience representing American Indian tribes across the United States. Mark represents tribal governments in a variety of economic development ventures, including cannabis, gaming, tribal lending, and contracting. His scope of representation includes drafting tribal ordinances to establish economic development entities, negotiating development and financing agreements, negotiating memoranda of understanding with local governments and compacts with states, environmental and regulatory compliance and mitigation, and negotiating construction contracts. Mark also has significant experience securing favorable tax arrangements for tribal governments and their economic entities. Mark assists tribes with tribal governance, including drafting and amending constitutions, enrollment ordinances, election ordinances, and other aspects of self-government. Mark also represents clients in cannabis development ventures. Mark has successfully represented clients in obtaining over 1000 acres in trust through the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ 25 CFR 151 process. Mr. Levitan has additional significant experience in the areas of allotments, federal recognition, Indian housing, employment, cultural resources, and environmental issues.

Mark began the practice of law with DNA-People’s Legal Services in Shiprock, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, and later practiced with California Indian Legal Services in Bishop, California. Mark worked with the California office of Monteau & Peebles LLP, later known as Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP, for seven years, the last three as a partner. Mark provides pro bono legal assistance to several indigenous spiritual organizations.

Experience

DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc.
California Indian Legal Services
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLC

Education

J.D. George Washington School of Law, 1996
B.A. Brandeis University, 1991

Bar Admissions:

State of California, California Eastern District, State of New Mexico, Navajo Nation