Peter Breuer joined the Firm in 2012 and focuses his practice in the areas of Business Litigation and Tribal Housing. Mr. Breuer regularly provides legal advice and guidance to tribal housing authorities of various sizes on issues ranging from employment law to NAHASDA compliance. Mr. Breuer has a wealth of experience with the requirements of both TERO ordinances and the procurement regulations of NAHASDA, Davis-Bacon, and other applicable federal laws. Due to his daily work with housing authorities Mr. Breuer is intimately familiar with the regulations, procedures, and requirements of NAHASDA and applicable HUD regulations. Mr. Breuer has also drafted, finalized, and implemented internal policies for housing authorities for procurement, NAHASDA compliant investment, and home management.
Mr. Breuer practices before multiple federal courts for litigation concerning HUD′s unlawful recapture of NAHASDA funds from a number of tribal housing authorities. John Fredericks III and Mr. Breuer were able to secure a $6,000,000 judgment in favor of the tribal housing authorities in Blackfeet et al. v. HUD, 1:07-cv-01343-RPM. Mr. Breuer maintains an active practice before tribal courts for housing authorities for a multitude of actions including eviction and civil defense. Mr. Breuer recently defeated a claim by a former contractor of Fort Peck Housing Authority for payment upon non-existent or fraudulent contracts in Gourneau v. FPHA, Appeal No. 666 (FPTCA 2015). Finally, Mr. Breuer is able to assist housing authorities in negotiations with contractors of various sizes for the repair, construction, or maintenance of housing projects.
With a practice that also includes business litigation before both state and tribal courts, Mr. Breuer has successfully obtained six figure judgments in favor of his clients and defeated claims ranging from breach of contract to unjust enrichments. From initiating litigation to defending difficult claims Mr. Breuer stands ready to assist businesses or individuals with their difficult legal situations.
Member, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota.
Federal Indian Law, Indian Housing, Tribal Government, Corporate Law, Tribal Sovereignty.
Montana and Oklahoma (Not Licensed in the State of Colorado); U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado, the District of Montana, and the District of Eastern Oklahoma; U.S. Court of Claims for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; Fort Berthold District Court, Fort Peck Tribal Court, Yankton Sioux Tribal Court, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Court; and the Ute Indian Tribal Court.
University of Montana (J.D., 2012); Carroll College (B.A., 2006).
PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Legal Intern, Missoula Office of Public Defenders (2012); Legal Intern, Jefferson County Attorney′s Office (2011).
Montana Bar Association