Shawn Frank joined the Firm in 2002, bringing substantial experience representing Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and entities doing business with tribes. Mr. Frank became a shareholder in 2003. Shawn is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians from the Allegany Territory.
Shawn's practice remains varied with a strong focus on gaming regulation and licensing. Mr. Frank also provides general corporate and business counsel services to tribes, tribal organizations, and those doing business in Indian Country. In addition to advising clients on corporate contracts and agreements, Mr. Frank continues his work with tribal clients in the areas of tribal natural resource protection and regulation, administrative agency proceedings, and tribal governance issues-particularly membership issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Shawn was a corporate associate at a large Minneapolis law firm. From 1996-2000, Shawn practiced with an Albuquerque, New Mexico law firm practicing Indian law exclusively, working in the area of on-and off-reservation Indian economic development initiatives and general tribal employment matters. Mr. Frank previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Seneca Nation of Indians, advising and representing the tribal council and its Boards and committees. While in house counsel, he worked extensively in the areas of federal self-determination contracts, federal grant administration, employment law, and tribal economic development.
Mr. Frank speaks regularly at lawyers' seminars on the subjects of tribal sovereignty, doing business in Indian Country, the Freedom of Information Act, and the administrative appeals through the Department of the Interior. [Source: The Jacobson Law Group]