David McCullough is nationally-recognized for his representation of
Native American Tribes. For more than 25 years, David has represented
Indian Tribes and Tribal enterprise interests, including gaming, SBA
8(a), HubZone, small disadvantaged businesses and TERO certifications.
In recent years, David has made numerous presentations detailing
opportunities for non-Indian individuals and companies doing business in
Indian country. David also practices in the area of Media/First
Before joining Doerner, David spent five years as a newspaper reporter
and editor. While in law school, David participated in an internship at
the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C.
In 1996, he received the Society of Professional Journalists First
Amendment Award. David is a founding member and sits on the board of
directors of FOI Oklahoma, Inc. an organization that promotes citizen
access to government information. He has also authored the Oklahoma
Open Government Guide as part of the 50 State Open Government Guide
published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
- Successfully defended Indian tribe who, along with its 100% owned
tribal enterprise, was sued in federal court for breach of contract.
The case against the tribe was dismissed on the doctrine of tribal
sovereign immunity from suit.
- Successfully defended Indian tribal enterprise and a tribal employee in a
discrimination and retaliation suit brought by a former enterprise
employee. The case against the tribal enterprise was dismissed on the
doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity from suit.
- Represented a number of Indian tribes in administrative proceedings
before a state tax commission for recovery of certain taxes that had
been wrongfully collected by the state. The tribes recovered a total of
more than $500,000 in taxes wrongfully collected by the state.
- Represented a group of tribal members who had been elected to the
Business Committee of the tribe but were being denied their right to set
on the Business Committee. Appeals were lodged with the Bureau of
Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior. The tribal members
were finally recognized by the Department of the Interior as the
duly-elected members of the Business Committee.
- General Counsel to an Indian tribe that successfully opened an
off-reservation casino. Represented the Tribe in numerous
administrative appeals and participated in a number of federal court
cases to secure the right of the tribe to open the casino.
- Represented a number of Indian tribes who entered into management
contracts for management of tribal casinos. Representation included
negotiating the management agreements and securing approval of the
agreements from the National Indian Gaming Commission.