NIGC Strenghtens Legal Capacity Naming Four Lawyers

The National Indian Gaming Commission has strengthened its legal capacity by naming four lawyers, three of whom are new and one of whom is returning to the organisation. The three newcomers are Barbara Marvin, Josh Proper, and James Lewis, while Esther Dittler joins the Seneca Nation’s Tribal Gaming Commission after serving as a general counsel.

Marvin worked at the Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division as a trial attorney before moving to NIGC. She graduated with a Master’s degree from DePaul University, Ill, and received her Juris doctorate from Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, magna cum laude.

Lewis joins the Commission after most recently serving in the Pari-Mutuel Wagering Division at the Bureau of General Counsel of the Florida Department of Business and Technical Regulation. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and earned his Juris Doctor.

Proper has worked as an associate attorney at the Hobbs Straus Dean and Walker law firm in Washington, DC, and as a tribal counsel for the Stillaguamish Indian tribe. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, and received his Juris Doctor from Arizona University.

NIGC General Counsel Michael Hoenig said: “As their backgrounds demonstrate, they bring a tremendous amount and variety of experience to the Office of General Counsel and NIGC as a whole. We are thrilled to have them on board.”

Chairman E Sequoyah Simermeyer added: “The opportunity to welcome attorneys with a diversity of experiences broadens the NIGC legal team’s skillset and supports a resilient workforce for the future,. Their proven success will enhance the agency’s ability to serve as Indian gaming’s federal regulatory body.”