Dennis J. Whittlesey is a member of the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC in the firm's Washington, D.C. office, specializing in Indian law and Indian gaming law.
He focuses his practice on Indian law; Indian gaming law; negotiations involving tribes, local governments and gaming project developers; federal court litigation; and legislation. Previously, he was extensively involved in environmental law, including counseling companies on regulatory and compliance issues and litigation in federal courts across the country on issues arising under NEPA and CERCLA. In addition, he has successfully litigated coverage claims against insurance companies for the costs of environmental cleanups. Finally, he has successfully litigated tax issues in federal courts and the United States Tax Court.
With a current professional focus on Indian gaming, Mr. Whittlesey's clientele includes Indian tribes, gaming companies, city and county governments and local citizens groups, as well as developers working with partners in the gaming industry for the purpose of developing both Indian and non-Indian casino and resort projects.
Experience — He represents Indian tribes, gaming companies and local governments for Indian gaming issues throughout the country. His local government clients in this regard have included counties, cities and towns in a number of states, including Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and California.