Pilar M. Thomas, Partner


Pilar Thomas Discusses Legal Nuances of Project Development on Indian-Owned Land in Engineer News-Record Article

Quarles & Brady partner Pilar Thomas, a Tucson-based Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group, was quoted in Engineer News-Record in which she discussed the unique legal and cultural nuances of project development on Indian-owned land.

Pilar discussed the complexity of working with tribes due to their sovereign status:

“Tribes want you to do your homework before you start working with them,” said Pilar Thomas, a partner at law firm Quarles & Brady and a former Indian affairs official in the U.S. Interior and Energy Depts. While she termed gaming-related development on indigenous lands “an anchor of economic and infrastructure development for tribes” since a 1988 federal law enabled it, Thomas pointed to the added complexity of project and contract approval because of tribes’ sovereign status.


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