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Attorney Biography

Lee Shannon
Of Counsel
Tel: 503.242.1745
Fax: 503.242.1072
Email: lshannon@hobbsstraus.com

Lee Shannon is an enrolled Coast Salish Tribal member of the Cowichan Tribes, British Columbia, Canada. Lee is motivated to make tangible, immediate, and lasting differences in Indian Country. His practice focuses on finance, tax, commercial law, Tribal governance, corporate formation and governance, contracts, economic development, gaming, construction and housing matters.

Tribal Governance:

Lee assists Tribes in the areas of Federal Indian law, tribal sovereignty, jurisdiction and intergovernmental relations and agreements, tribal constitutions and codes, land acquisitions, land use, tribal infrastructure, and election issues.

Business Counseling:

Lee focuses on tax, business and nonprofit law. Lee advises tribal organizations on governance and other day-to-day matters and with a variety of tax and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, public and private debt offerings, construction and procurement.

Lee also assists Tribal clients on tax and business issues associated with the formation and life cycle of Section 17 corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, including the use of such organizations in joint ventures, business acquisitions, real estate development and the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program.

Lee has also advised a variety of nonprofit and other tax-exempt organizations, including Tribal healthcare, Indian tribes, and tribal enterprises in tax matters, including qualifying for and maintaining tax-exempt status, minimizing unrelated trade or business income, financing issues, limitations on lobbying, and transactions with other entities.

Finance:

Clients turn to Lee for assistance with taxable and tax exempt financing, including negotiating, structuring and documenting bond issues, loans, leases, and other financing arrangements. Additionally, he has worked on a variety of economic development and infrastructure financings for numerous initiatives including tribal casinos, resorts, hotels, convention centers, museums, tribal housing, tribal health clinics, government administration buildings, sewer, water and other infrastructure development, and motor vehicle purchases.

Gaming:

Lee assist Tribes in compact negotiations, gaming oversight and regulation, including the establishment of tribal gaming management and regulatory bodies, the administration of tribal regulatory functions, the development and ongoing enforcement of gaming regulations and ordinances, licensing matters - including license revocation, and the implementation of revenue allocation plans. Lee also assists tribal clients with transactional gaming matters, including negotiating and drafting consulting, development, and management agreements.

Background:

Prior to joining Hobbs Straus, Lee was an associate at the law firm of Ater Wynne, where he concentrated on public finance and federal Indian law. Before joining Ater Wynne, he was a staff attorney and acting executive director of the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services. There, he concentrated on commercial, corporate, gaming, finance, and tax issues on behalf of Oregon tribes, tribal enterprises and Indian nonprofit corporations.

Community Activities:

Lee is a former president of the Northwest Indian Bar Association, a former chair of the Oregon State Bar Indian Law Section, and a former secretary treasurer of the Washington State Bar Indian Law Section.

Professional Organizations:
Washington State Bar Association: Member of the Business, Tax, and Indian Law Sections
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Federal Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
National Indian Gaming Association
Education:
University of Washington School of Law, J.D.
Managing Editor of Operations, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
University of Washington, Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.
Seattle University, B.S. in Biology
St. Edward Seminary
Bar Admissions:
Alaska State Bar (inactive)
Washington State Bar
Oregon State Bar (inactive)
U.S. Dist. Ct., Oregon (inactive)
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