Kevin J. Wadzinski is a principal in Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville's Indian Tribal Governments group.
Kevin's practice addresses a broad range of legal issues affecting Indian tribes and companies doing business with tribes. He counsels tribal clients and gaming company clients on all aspects of Indian gaming, including drafting and negotiating agreements for casino development, financing, licensing, submissions to the NIGC, tribal gaming commission compliance, and other gaming regulatory matters.
He counsels tribes and tribal enterprises on economic development, tribal business structures, joint ventures, financing matters, and federal and state tax issues. Kevin also advises tribes on fee-to-trust matters, leases, and other issues related to trust lands. He has built a national reputation addressing the impact of federal labor and employment laws on Indian tribes, and he advises tribal clients on all aspects of employment law. He also represents tribal governments before the U.S. Congress and federal agencies.
Kevin is an enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. He is a founding member of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC, and a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association (Indian Law Section). Additionally, Kevin speaks and writes on a variety of topics including Indian gaming and regulatory matters, doing business in Indian Country, human resources law, Indian taxation, and federal labor and employment laws as they relate to Indian Tribal employers. He has also testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources on the complex issue of state and tribal taxation in Indian Country. Publications include Unionization: Is Your Tribe Prepared? and Board Rules National Labor Relations Act Applies to Indian Tribal Casinos.
Kevin received his JD, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his bachelor's degree, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin. Chambers USA 2008-present editions ranked him nationally in Native American Law, describing him as "highly knowledgeable" and having "earned the respect of tribes." He was formerly a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
Honors & Awards
The Best Lawyers in America®, Native American Law, 2013-2024
Memberships & Activities
Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (Founding Member)
Wisconsin State Bar Association Indian Law Section