Robert A. Rosette

Partner

Enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe, Rocky Boys Indian Reservation; admitted to the Arizona Bar (1997); California Bar (2003); Washington D.C. Bar (1998); United States District Court Southern District of California (2010); United States District Court, Eastern District of California (2010); Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2010); D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (2014).

Biography

Mr. Rosette formed Rosette, LLP to exclusively represent Indian Tribal Governments in all facets of federal Indian law, including finance, commercial transactions, economic development, gaming and litigation.

Having obtained a Masters of Business Administration in finance, Mr. Rosette maintains a unique and keen understanding of financial transactions, which is evidenced by over $4 Billion in economic development and governmental infrastructure projects for over 30 tribes in eight States. Mr. Rosette has raised such capital through various forms of financing, including direct bank loans, taxable and tax exempt bond financing, venture capital, development loans, and bridge financing for his Tribal clients.

Mr. Rosette’s extensive experience also includes all areas of gaming for both brick and mortar and Internet gambling ventures. Mr. Rosette has successfully negotiated dozens of gaming compacts and has overseen the development, management and financing of tribal casinos in several states throughout the country. Mr. Rosette works tirelessly to restore Indian lands and take land into trust for gaming purposes, and has done so for Tribes such as the Picayune Rancheria and the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, both located in the State of California. Mr. Rosette has been involved with Internet gaming issues pursuant to the IGRA since 1997. He has represented Indian tribes with the successful launch of internet gaming websites for Class II bingo and poker.

Mr. Rosette brings legal ingenuity and creativity in developing and defending economic development diversification projects by utilizing Tribal sovereign attributes (e.g.: enabling legislation, regulation, value adding), which allows his Tribal clients to pursue opportunities in unique business ventures such as tribal government consumer lending, pharmaceutical distribution, gasoline distribution, and cigarette manufacturing and distribution.

Mr. Rosette’s litigation experience includes Indian tribal cases involving public interest and civil rights. For example, Mr. Rosette successfully resolved a dispute between the Havasupai Tribe and the State of Arizona in a case whereby the Tribe alleged the illegal taking of its blood and genetic material. Mr. Rosette conducted the first arbitration regarding off-Reservation mitigation pursuant to a gaming compact, and received a victorious award against the County of San Diego on behalf of the La Posta Tribe of Mission Indians. Mr. Rosette has also successfully restored recognition of Tribal governments against United States’ attempts to dissolve them, including the California Valley Miwok Tribe; the Lower Lake Rancheria, Koi Nation; and the Wilton Rancheria.
Mr. Rosette has extensive federal lobbying experience. He frequently drafts tribal constitutions, ordinances and policies, and has negotiated thousands of business agreements between tribal governments and private corporations for economic development projects.

Education

Univ. of New Mexico : B.A. Political Science/American Civilizations (1993)

Arizona State Univ. College of Business : M.B.A. (1996)

Arizona State Univ. College of Law : J.D. (1996)

Employment

Founder and Managing Partner, Rosette, LLP (2005 – Present)

Monteau & Peebles, LLP (1997-2005)

Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office (1996-1997)

Clerk for Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Court (1996)

Clerk for Navajo Nation Supreme Court (1994-1995)

Contact Info

Phoenix Office
Tel: (480) 889-8990
Cell: (480) 242-9810
Fax: (480) 899-8997