Advocacy and Professional Services
As sovereign governments surrounded by federal, state, and local governments, Indian nations and tribes must continuously engage in government-to-government dialogue and advocacy to survive and thrive. Under the best circumstances, positive working relationships with outside governments can produce mutually beneficial “win-win” scenarios for tribal governments and their neighbors. In the worst-case circumstances, tribal governments that face perpetual hostility and opposition have limited growth opportunities and may incur considerable legal and political expense.
Government Relations and Lobbying
Robert Odawi Porter is experienced in assisting tribal governments with the development and implement effective government relations strategies at the federal, state, and local levels of government. With the ultimate goal of identifying “win-win” scenarios, he is an effective and uniquely experienced advocate to assist in developing the right strategy and policy priorities to achieve desired outcomes.
Robert Odawi Porter has represented Indian nations and tribes for nearly his entire 25 year legal career. He is admitted to practice law in the (United States of America, states of Connecticut and New York, and the District of Columbia), and the Seneca Nation of Indians. As circumstances dictate, he provides services directly or as a Senior Advisor at Dentons US LLP, a global law firm based in Washington, D.C.
Traditional advocacy for Indian nations and tribes relies heavily upon legal and political strategies. However, enhanced advocacy strategies draw upon all available resources that aid in achieving the desired objective. This includes reliance upon media, social networking, and public relations management to assist in achieving desired legal and political outcomes. Odawi Law PLLC partners with such firms as Eric Mower & Associates, a national media relations firm, to prepare custom-designed media management strategies in furtherance of legal and political advocacy efforts, and crisis management.