Procopio’s Native American Practice Catches a Rising Star

By:      Ted Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com

I am truly proud and excited to welcome Kerry Patterson as a partner at Procopio.   Kerry is a seasoned tribal attorney that has spent the past 15+ years representing tribal clients and businesses in real estate, governmental, gaming, commercial transactions, finance and economic development in Indian country.   She has developed a significant client base in Arizona and California, helping plan out and implement long-term success strategies for tribal governments that have reaped significant benefits for their tribal communities.  By joining Procopio, Kerry will work with our current practice group to extend the breadth and depth of those successes.

I met Kerry for the first time in 2008, working together as co-counsel for a mutual tribal client.  As a bright, tireless advocate for her tribal clients, I respected her work immensely.  I admired her ability to connect with her clients, engendering a mutual trust and purpose to maximize her clients’ success, protect their sovereignty and realize their self-governance.  That ability to connect requires empathy for your clients, and the strategic savvy to direct them in positive ways.

Now working together as part of the same team, Procopio is able to provide broader services and greater depth for  Kerry’s clients, including self-governance, infrastructure development, education, employment, tax, finance, health care, energy,  intellectual property and complex business transactions.  As importantly, Kerry helps expand our commitment to our tribal clients through giving back to the Native American community.  Kerry’s recognition of Procopio’s commitment to increase opportunities in the Indian community through its internship programs, pro bono assistance to tribal organizations, and voluntary assistance supports our belief that having the honor of representing our clients is joined by the honor of serving their communities.

For more information about Kerry’s background, see here and here.

Kerry Patterson is a partner and a member of the Native American Law and Energy and Environment practice groups at Procopio.  Kerry can be reached at 619.515.3295 or kerry.patterson@procopio.com.

Ted GriswoldTed Griswold is head of the Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Connect with Ted at ted.griswold@procopio.com and 619.515.3277.