PatriciaA.Marks Partner

As a Tribal Attorney, Ms. Marks has drafted numerous tribal codes and ordinances, negotiated a variety of types of funding agreements and self-determination contracts, worked with tribally-owned 8(a) companies on government contracting, negotiated state/tribal agreements, and drafted and secured the passage of federal legislation and amendments to existing law. She has a twenty-five-year history of working with the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Resources, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and numerous other legislative bodies.

Ms. Marks joined the firm in 2009.

Practice Areas

Gaming LawTribal GovernanceEconomic DevelopmentCommercial TransactionsLand-Into-TrustTribal Sovereignty and Self-DeterminationJurisdictionFederal Grants and ContractsFederal Debt ResolutionFederal AcknowledgmentLegislative and Administrative Representation


Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Western District of South Dakota.


Georgetown School of Law (J.D., 1985).

Prior Legal Experience

Ms. Marks has extensive experience in representing tribes in the areas of gaming, tribal codes and constitutions; Indian self-determination and government contracting; federal acknowledgment; federal legislation; land issues; and administrative and inter-governmental matters.

She is a former staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the American Indian Policy Review Commission. Ms. Marks was also one of the original attorneys for the National Indian Gaming Association. She has negotiated tribal/state compacts for Class III gaming in Michigan, Kansas, Arizona, North Dakota and Minnesota. She has also drafted Class II and Class III gaming ordinances and regulations implementing gaming activities, and she has prepared comments on numerous NIGC and BIA regulations. Ms. Marks has prepared necessary documents to implement management, financing, construction, oversight and operation of Class II and Class II gaming activities and she has been a featured speaker at national gaming seminars.


District of Columbia Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Bar Associations.

Teaching Positions

(Guest Lecturer) Michigan School of Law, Harvard University, Michigan State University, Catholic University School of Law, American University School of Law, Washington State Bar Association, Massachusetts State Bar Association; National Congress of American Indians; National Indian Health Board; National Indian Gaming Association.

PatriciaA.Marks Partner

Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 450-4887 (202) 450-5106