Luis Ochoa has over 25 years of legal experience and specializes in real estate, Indian Law and Policy, tribal housing, gaming, business entity formation, real estate development, leasing of non-tribal fee land, tribal trust and allotted land, the application of federal and state tax laws to tribal activities and economic development projects undertaken by tribes, tribal members, and non-Indian business clients. His experience includes
- Representation of two of the nation's largest tribally designated housing entities.
- Compliance with the requirements of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA).
- Federal and state gaming law, with emphasis on Indian gaming and Arizona and National Indian Gaming Commission regulatory issues.
- Negotiating and representing the first tribe in Arizona to enter into a gaming compact with the State of Arizona.
- Representing tribal gaming commissions/offices and casino management entities in regulatory and operations matters.
- Advising nonprofit entities regarding corporate and tax issues, including obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, unrelated business income tax planning and compliance, fundraising registration, and risk management issues.
- Real Estate
- Banking & Financial Institutions
Education and Honors
- University of Arizona–James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 1986)
- University of Arizona (B.S., 1983)
- Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court, 2006
- Tohono O'odham Nation Tribal Court, 2006
- Tonto Apache Tribal Court, 2005
- U.S. Tax Court, 1987
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1986
Professional and Civic Activities
- University of Arizona Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (2008–present)
- Board of Directors, 88-Crime (Crimestoppers)
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid (Volunteer Lawyers Program: Advisory Committee)
- William Morris Foundation (Board of Directors)
- Governor's Character Education Commission (Commissioner, 1999–2003)
- Tohono Chul Park (Board of Directors, 2000–2006)
- Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (Vice President and Board of Directors, October 1998–2004)
- Crime Prevention Council (Board of Directors, 1996–2002)
- Tucson Centers for Women and Children (Board of Directors, 1989–1992)
- Listed in Chambers USA® (2018–present: Native American Law)
- Recipient of the University of Arizona College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Convocation Award (2008)
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2007–2012: Gaming Law, Native American Law; 2007–present: Non-Profit/Charities Law)
- ABA Pro Bono Publico Award (2002)
- William E. Morris Pro Bono Service Award (Arizona Bar Foundation / State Bar of Arizona, 2001)
- Arizona Community Legal Foundation Attorney of the Year (Southern Arizona Legal Aid / Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2000)
- Arizona Community Legal Foundation Attorney of the Year (Southern Arizona Legal Aid / Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1999)
- Bankruptcy Clinic Attorney of the Year (Southern Arizona Legal Aid / Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1997 and 1998)
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated