Mr. Lepsch has been with Peebles Kidder since 2016. Mr. Lepsch is an administrative law and litigation attorney involved in representing tribal governments nationwide since 2001. His representation involves all aspects of tribal governance and sovereignty including relations with the federal government, regulatory compliance, tribal enterprises, membership as well as state-tribal-federal jurisdictional matters. He is especially involved in the firm’s government affairs practice including advocacy of tribal interests before Congress and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lepsch brings his multidisciplinary background and his experience in international affairs and foreign policy to representing clients’ complex and novel problems they confront daily and historically in Indian Affairs.
Administrative Law and Tribunals, Litigation, Tribal Sovereignty including Treaties, Governance, Elections, and Membership; Environment and Natural Resources; Government Affairs including legislative advocacy and appropriations.
New York State and the District of Columbia; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and District of Columbia Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia
New England Law | Boston, JD; The American University, M.S.; Ithaca College, B.A.
PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Law Office of Peter D. Lepsch; Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker; Monteau Peebles LLP; Law Office of Douglas J. Luckerman; Massachusetts Division of Administrative Appeals
California Valley Miwok Tribe v. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior Board of Indian Appeals, Docket No. 19-088 (pending). California Valley Miwok Tribe v. U.S. Department of the Interior, 19-cv 00917 (D.C. D. C. 2019). New York v. Mountain Tobacco Co., No. 17-3198 (2d Cir. 2019) (Amicus Curiae Brief) Michigan Gambling Opposition v. United States, 477 F. Supp. 2d 1, 22 (D.D.C. 2007) Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians v. Human Right Comm’n, (No. 03-24-B-K) (D. Me. 2004) Weiner v. Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, 443 Mass. 1 (Mass. 2004) Weiner v. Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, 16 Mass. L. Rep. 659 (MA Super 2003) Narragansett Indian Tribe v. Warwick Sewer Authority, 2003 WL 21512228, Docket No.02-2672 (1st Cir. 2003) Narragansett Indian Tribe v. Rhode Island, 296 F. Supp. 2d 153 (D. R.I. 2003).
Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of International and Comparative Law (2001- 2002). Westlaw Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award (2002). Alpha Phi Sigma [National Criminal Justice Honor Society] (1997). Student Body President, Ithaca College
American Bar Association; National Moot Court Competition
SELECTED LEGAL AUTHORSHIP:
“Cannabis Law Continues to Evolve,” Experience Magazine, American Bar Association, Senior Division, Nov. 1 2019. Chapter Author, “Media,” International Election Remedies, American Bar Assoc. Standing Committee on Election Law and Section on International Law John Hardin Young, Editor (2018). “Trust Lands,” Treaties with American Indian Tribes: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts, and Sovereignty, Donald Fixico, Editor (Dec. 2007). Ecological Effects Know No Boundaries: Little Remedy for Native American Tribes Pursuing Trans-boundary Pollution under International Law, 11 BUFF. ENVTL. L.J 57 (2003). A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Is New York’s Move to Cleanup the Akwesasne Reservation an Endeavor to Assert Authority over Indian Tribes?, 8 ALB. L. ENVTL. OUTLOOK J. 65 (2002). Professional Responsibility in a Global World: A Lawyer’s Role Redefined in the Age of the Virtual Practice, 8 NEW ENG. J. INT’L & COMP. L. 37 (2002) [co-author].