|General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
Steve joined the Pechanga Office of the General Counsel in 2011 and serves as General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians in Temecula, California.
Steve is an enrolled member of the Natchez-Kusso Tribe of South Carolina and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Steve received his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University College of Law, where he also earned the Indian Legal Program Certificate for extensive study in the area of Federal Indian law.
Prior to joining POGC, Steve practiced Indian law in the private practice setting for several years in Phoenix, Arizona until leaving to serve as General Counsel for a 1,200 member tribe in Central California. While finishing law school, Steve worked in Washington, D.C. for Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota on the Senator’s Indian Affairs team and also worked for the Department of Justice, Office of Tribal Justice.
In his role as General Counsel, Steve provides legal counsel to the Tribal Council, the tribal government and each of its departments. In addition to his responsibilities over Pechanga Tribal Government legal matters, Steve provides legal counsel to the Pechanga Development Corporation and oversees the legal affairs for the Pechanga Resort & Casino and other economic diversification projects of the Tribe. Among other areas of practice, Steve specializes in federal Indian law, gaming law, tribal governance, and tribal economic development. Steve has spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. on tribal governance and tribal gaming matters and has spoken at events in Barcelona, London, and Amsterdam on topics such as the future of tribal gaming and internet gaming.
Steve is a founding executive board member of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. Steve is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.