Frank Lawrence

Frank Lawrence

Law Office of Frank Lawrence
  • Native American Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • California
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Summary

Frank has nearly 30 years of experience representing tribal governments and entities in a broad range of tribal, federal and state law matters, with an emphasis on sovereignty and jurisdictional issues. Frank’s practice includes appellate, civil and administrative litigation in tribal, federal and state courts and agencies. He has extensive experience advising tribal councils, developing tribal codes, ordinances, resolutions and policies, creating tribal governmental and economic development entities, and counseling clients in all aspects of federal Indian law, contracts, administrative law, employment issues, and environmental law, among other areas. Frank has written numerous amicus curie briefs for Tribes, the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Gaming Association, and the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, in Indian law cases at the United States Supreme Court, federal circuit courts of appeal, federal district courts, and state supreme and appellate courts. Frank’s practice has focused on advocating for Tribes in areas of overlapping jurisdiction among federal, state, local and tribal governments.
Prior to forming the Law Office of Frank Lawrence, Frank was a Partner in the Indian Law Practice Group at Holland & Knight LLP, beginning in 2000. Before that he served as an associate at two Indian Law boutique firms. While in private practice, Frank also taught federal Indian law, legal writing and ethics as an adjunct professor of law at the University of California Davis School of Law. In addition to U.C. Davis Law School, he has lectured on federal Indian law at the McGeorge School of Law, California State University, Sacramento, National Indian Gaming Association Conferences, Western Indian Gaming Conferences, and G2E, the Global Gaming Expo, among other venues.
Before entering private practice, Frank served as the first law clerk to the Honorable David F. Levi (ret.), U.S. Dist. Ct for the Eastern Dist. of CA.

Education
University of California Hastings College of the Law
J.D. (1989)
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude Order of the Coif American Jurisprudence Award, Federal Courts American Jurisprudence Award, Trial Advocacy American Jurisprudence Award, Wills and Trusts
Activities: Hastings Law Journal, Editor Hastings Int'l & Comparative Law Review, Editor Thurston Society, Hastings College of the Law Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation
University of California - Santa Cruz
B.A. (1983) | American Studies
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Editor in Chief, City on a Hill Press U.C. News Editor, City on a Hill Press Senior thesis examined tension between First Amendment and Sixth Amendment in capital murder cases.
Professional Experience
Owner
Law Office of Frank Lawrence
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Partner, Indian Law
Holland and Knight LLP
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Associate, Indian Law
Levine & Associates
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Associate, Indian Law
Dickstein & Merin
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Law Clerk to the Hon. David F. Levi
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
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Law Clerk to the Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
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Law Clerk to the Hon. Raul A. Ramirez
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
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Extern to the Hon. Stanley Mosk
California Supreme Court
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Navigating Tribal Law: Tribal Sovereignty and Sovereign Immunity
Thompson Reuters
The Indian Gaming Handbook
Levine & Assoc.
The Nuremberg Principles
Hastings Law Journal
Speaking Engagements
California Indian Law Association; Western Indian Gaming Conference; G2E; California Indian Conference & Gathering; U.C. Davis School of Law; McGeorge School of Law; Cal. State Sacramento
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Current
California State Bar # 147531
Member
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Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
5th Circuit
9th Circuit
D.C. Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Practice Areas
  • Native American Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
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Law Office of Frank Lawrence
Contact & Map
578 Sutton Way, No. 246
578 Sutton Way, No. 246
Grass Valley, CA 95945
USA