Mr. Peckham's work covers a broad range of matters for many of the firm's clients.
He has represented tribes and tribal corporations in litigation in federal, state,
and tribal courts regarding tribal jurisdiction, timber mismanagement, tribal trust
funds, trust asset management, construction, employment and labor, natural resources,
tribal jurisdiction, oil and gas, gaming, and other matters. His work also includes
restoration of lands into trust, support for congressional legislative efforts, and
other areas. He has written or assisted on amicus briefs to the United States Supreme
Court, state supreme courts, federal appeals courts, and tribal appellate courts. He
has participated in tribal, federal, state and administrative appeals, legislative
position papers for tribal clients, and legal assistance to tribal courts. He has
worked on a broad array of matters, including tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction,
taxation, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Indian Self-Determination Act, tribal
immunity, equal protection in the tribal context, the National Indian Forest
Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, ANCSA, Section 81, RICO, and many others.
He has assisted tribal clients in revising tribal constitution and tribal code
provisions, in developing and enforcing regulations, and in long-range economic
planning and development.
Prior to joining Nordhaus law firm, from 1996 to 1998, Mr. Peckham was an associate
in the Indian Law Department at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, where he
represented tribes in a wide range of matters.
From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Peckham was a law clerk for Judge Diana E. Murphy of the
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Judge Murphy is known for her
significant Indian law opinions.
Mr. Peckham is admitted to the bars of New Mexico, California, Minnesota, and the
Jicarilla Apache Nation. He is admitted to practice before the Tenth and Eighth
Circuits, the Pueblo of Laguna, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the
United States District Courts for the following districts: New Mexico, Minnesota, the
Northern District of California, and the Western District of Michigan.
Conference and Continuing Legal Education Presentations: Federal Bar Association
Indian Law Conference, April 2001, The Trust Responsibility: A Recent Settlement,
Current Litigation, and Future Prospects; Indian Law for the Urban Practitioner, July