PatrickR.Bergin Managing Partner

Patrick Bergin is the firm’s Managing Partner. His practice focuses on assisting tribal governments and tribally owned companies to develop and implement economic development strategies. Mr. Bergin has represented clients in business transactions, agency negotiations, government affairs, and litigation.

He has been particularly active in the firm′s gaming practice, counseling clients on the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, casino development, Indian lands determinations, Tribal-State compact negotiations, and Fantasy Sports. He has successfully litigated management contracts and gaming compact cases.

Before joining the firm′s Sacramento office in 2010, Mr. Bergin represented American Indian tribes and tribal enterprises before Congress and federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bergin is a frequent speaker on topical issues on economic development strategies, gaming, and tribal self-governance matters.

Practice Areas

Gaming LawLitigationTribal GovernanceEconomic Development


California; New York; Utah and the District of Columbia; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Eighth, Ninth and D.C. Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California, the District of Columbia, the Northern and Western Districts of New York, and the District of Utah.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 2002); California State University, Sacramento (B.A., 1997). While in law school, Mr. Bergin was Chief Editor of the California Initiative Review.

Prior Legal Experience

Partner, Anderson Tuell LLP (2007-2010); Associate, Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP (2005-2007) (now known as Peebles Kidder LLP); Attorney, Bergin Law Firm (2003-2005); Associate, Anderson & Holland. PC (2002-2003); and Legislative Consultant, California State Legislature (1997-2002).

Representative Cases

Bettor Racing, Inc. v. Nat’l Indian Gaming Commission, 812 F.3d 648 (8th Cir. 2016)(Management Contract Dispute); Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe v. State of South Dakota, 2011 WL 2551379, (D.S.D. 2011) (Good Faith Gaming Compact Negotiations); Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Settlement Act, (P.L.110-297) (Tribal Water Rights Settlement).


California Indian Law Association; Federal Bar Association.

Legal Authorship

Co-Author, Carcieri: One Year Later, Tribal Government Gaming (March 2010); Author, Proposition 42 (2002): Turning Highway Robbery into Highway Relief, Cal. Init. Rev., (Spring 2002).


The Best Lawyers in America Listing, Native American Law (2015-2018); Chief Editor, California Initiative Review (2002); Witkin Award for Academic Excellence (2001).

PatrickR.Bergin Managing Partner

Contact Information

Sacramento, CA (916) 441-2700 (916) 441-2067