Areas of Practice
- Michigan, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1996
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
Duke University, J.D.
James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University, B.A.
- with honors
In the News
- Discusses Significance of U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian CommunityMay 30, 2014
- Only One Lawyer in Practice Area, Designated Metropolitan Area Earns HonorSeptember 12, 2013
- Will Discuss Tribal Lending Programs, Use of Tax Credits, Trust LandsSeptember 12, 2012
R. Lance Boldrey's practice focuses on tribal and commercial gaming, and on Indian law (with an emphasis on economic development and state-tribal relations).
Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Boldrey served as Deputy Legal Counsel to former Michigan Governor John Engler and was responsible for all aspects of the State of Michigan's relations with tribal governments.
- Indian gaming experience includes negotiating agreements between consultants, developers, management companies and tribes, negotiating tribal-state gaming compacts, negotiating agreements between tribes and local governments, and negotiating and litigating gaming-related issues.
- In addition to representing developers, management companies and tribes, Mr. Boldrey has assisted state and local governments in navigating complex tribal gaming matters. For example, Mr. Boldrey currently advises the State of Wisconsin in analyzing the potential economic impacts and tribal compact implications of a proposed tribal casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- Indian gaming financing work includes representing banks and investors on Indian law matters and interacting with the National Indian Gaming Commission to obtain de facto approval of financing agreements. Mr. Boldrey's most recent experience includes serving as Indian law counsel to the lead bank in a $385 million tribal casino refinancing. Mr. Boldrey also recently served as special Indian law counsel to bondholders in an exchange of $122 million in senior unsecured notes for $23 million in cash and $40 million in senior secured notes, and obtained a declination letter from the NIGC in a precedent-setting first financial restructuring of a troubled tribal gaming facility.
- Commercial gaming regulatory work includes advising the sellers of a majority stake in Detroit's Greektown Casino Hotel, and interfacing with the Michigan Gaming Control Board to assist the seller in overcoming a poison pill and other defensive measures that could have frustrated the sale. The transaction closed successfully in early 2013.
- Gaming regulatory work includes serving as Indian law and regulatory counsel with regard to the 2012 acquisition of a gaming machine manufacturer and supplier to over fifty tribal casinos. Mr. Boldrey was responsible for advising parties as to the validity and enforceability of supplier agreements and tribal licensure and approval requirements.
- Indian gaming work also includes performing due diligence on tribal gaming projects and proposals for consultants, developers and gaming management companies.
- Commercial gaming projects include involvement in legalization, legislative and privatization efforts in multiple states and foreign jurisdictions.
- Work with tribes has included ordinance drafting, research and development of tribal land claims, performing due diligence concerning the feasibility of multi-state distribution businesses, and assistance in accessing funding for tribal services. A representative project is drafting ordinances and advising a tribe on compliance with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), on an alternative fee basis utilizing federal grant funding.
- Experienced in representing utilities, general contractors, hospitals and other businesses in doing business with Indian tribes.
- Experience in negotiating solutions to complex tribal issues includes serving as lead staff for the state executive office in negotiations culminating in the nation’s first truly comprehensive state-tribal tax agreements and in the formulation of a consent decree governing state and tribal fishing activities in much of the Great Lakes.
- Experience in state-tribal relations includes drafting an Executive Policy Statement on State-Tribal Relations, negotiating a state-tribal accord between the state of Michigan and federally recognized tribes, organizing the first two Michigan state-tribal summits between tribal and state leaders, and managing the passage of legislation providing for tribal participation in intergovernmental agreements.
- Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos v. State of Michigan, 478 Mich. 99; 732 N.W.2d 487 (2007). Upholding validity of amendment process in tribal-state gaming compacts.
- Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos v State of Michigan, 471 Mich. 306; 685 N.W.2d 221 (2004), cert. denied, 543 U.S. 1146 (2005). Upholding validity of Michigan tribal-state gaming compacts and process of enactment.
- LeRoux v Miller, 465 Mich 594 (2002). Upholding validity of Michigan redistricting plans.
Seminars & Speeches
- Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community: Implications for Sovereign Immunity, Tribal Gaming and State-Tribal Relations, Law Seminars International TelebriefingJune 17, 2014
- The Bay Mills Ruling, Native American Finance Officers Association, WebinarMay 29, 2014
- The Bay Mills Case: The Dispute Over Tribal Sovereignty, Native American Finance Officers Association 32nd Annual Conference, New Orleans, LouisianaApril 14, 2014
- Electoral Politics and Governance, Moderator, James Madison College 2013 Senior Research Conference, East Lansing, MichiganApril 19, 2013
- The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act at 25, University of Michigan School of Law, Native American Law Students Association Law Day, Ann Arbor, MichiganApril 5, 2013
- Paths to Casino Gaming, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys Fall Meeting, Orlando, FLNovember 2, 2012
- Incentives for Equity Investments in Tribal Member Businesses, Emerging Tribal Economies, Milwaukee, WISeptember 20, 2012
- Performing Due Diligence on Business Proposals, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Tribal Economic Development Forum, Lansing, MIMay 17, 2012
- Indian Gaming 101: Establishing A Tribal Casino, Michigan State University School of Law American Inn of Court, East Lansing, MIApril 4, 2012
- Structuring Tribal Businesses, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Tribal Economic Development Forum, Lansing, MIMay 16, 2011
- Federal Indian Law & Environmental Policy, 2010 Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Scholar Orientation, Tucson, AZAugust 2010
- An Overview of Federal Indian Law & Policy, 2009 Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholar Orientation, Tucson, AZAugust 2009
- Tribal Gaming: Beyond the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, Global Gaming Expo (G2E), Las Vegas, NVNovember 2007
- Future of Indian Gaming: Will D.C. Stop the Growth?, Moderator, Global Gaming Expo (G2E), Las Vegas, NVNovember 2006
- Tribal/State Relations and Negotiations, Moderator, Governors Interstate Indian Council Annual Meeting, Traverse City, MIAugust 2004
- Legal Issues on Homeland Security, National Governors Association Legal Counsel Seminar, Seattle, WAAugust 2002
- Michigan Tribal Issues: What Every Municipal Attorney Should Know, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Lansing, MIMarch 2002
- Native American Tribal Issues, National Governors Association Legal Counsel Seminar, Kiawah Island, SCSeptember 2001
- Cigarette Taxation and State-Tribal Environmental Issues, National Governors Association Tribal Issues Briefing, Washington, D.C.April 2001
- The Future of Indian Gaming, North American Gaming Summit, Detroit, MINovember 2000
- The Judicial Appointments Process, State Bar of Michigan New Presidents Meeting, Harbor Springs, MIJune 1999
- Native American Fishing Rights, James Madison College 30th Anniversary, East Lansing, MIJanuary 1997
- "Incentives For Joint Ventures Between Michigan's Tribes and Non-Indian Businesses"September 2011Michigan Economic Development Corporation (available at www.michiganadvantage.org/tribal-resources)
- "Tribal Business Structures: A Guidebook On Different Structures for Tribal Business Entities"September 2011Michigan Economic Development Corporation (available at www.michiganadvantage.org/tribal-resources)
- "The True Test of Tribal-State Cooperation: Resolving Issues of Taxation"2010Emerging Issues in Tribal-State Relations, Aspatore Books
- "Proceed with Prudence: Advising Clients Doing Business in Indian Country" (with Jason Hanselman)February 2010Michigan Bar Journal
- "After Change in Control, Michigan Supreme Court Reverses Itself in Major Insurance Decision"Fall 2009State Court Docket Watch
- "Banking Indian Casinos: What Investors Need To Understand At The Outset"September 2008Global Gaming Business Magazine Vol.7 No.9
Memberships & Involvement
- Federalist Society
- Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys
- Federal Bar Association, Sarah T. Hughes Civil Rights Award Committee
- Ingham County Bar Association
- Transition Team of Governor-Elect Rick Snyder, R-Michigan, Volunteer Attorney, 2010
- Lawyers for Rudy, State Chairman, 2007-2008
- Former Republican precinct delegate and delegate to multiple state conventions
- Trustee of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, presidential appointee
- Member, Board of Directors James Madison College Alumni Association (Past President)
Awards & Recognition
- Distinguished Brief Award for Best Brief to Michigan Supreme Court, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (for brief on behalf of Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos v. State of Michigan, 478 Mich. 99; 732 N.W.2d 487, 2007)
- Named Lansing's "Lawyer of the Year" for Gaming Law by Best Lawyers® 2014
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Gaming Law and Native American Law, 2007-2015. Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
- Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Election, Political & Campaign, Gaming & Casino and Native American Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014. Law Bulletin Publishing Company
- Named a Rising Star by Law & Politics, 2009-2010