Rob “maintains an excellent reputation for advising tribes on corporate transactions” and is described as “hyper-prepared and a master negotiator.” – Chambers USA
Rob Gips has served as legal counsel and as business and financial advisor to Tribal Nations and businesses across the United States since 1983. Among Rob’s current representative clients are the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casino Resorts in Michigan and Indiana, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and the Rolling Hills Casino Resort in California, and the Quapaw Nation and Downstream Casino Resort and Saracen Casino Resort in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Rob also advises corporations, including developers, lenders, and private equity firms operating in Indian Country, and represents businesses and entrepreneurs outside Indian Country in select business and financial transactions.
Rob’s work includes representation of tribal governments and businesses in all aspects of gaming resort development, financing and operations, and in tribal-state compact negotiations. His specialized business development work for his clients has encompassed the creation and acquisition of hotel, resort, casino and gaming facilities, newspaper acquisition, internet fiber development, Tribal housing, Tribal manufacturing facilities, industrial plants, and a broad variety of both on- and off-reservation joint ventures. He has also represented lenders and borrowers in several billion dollars’ worth of complex commercial financings in Indian Country.
Rob is an independent member of the Board of Managers of Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment and Seminole Hard Rock International, which operates over 180 cafes, hotels and casinos in over 70 countries around the world. He serves on Hard Rock’s compensation and corporate governance committee, and its audit committee, and he also serves on the audit committee of the Hard Rock Atlantic City Casino Resort. Rob also serves as the sole independent Board Member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe Wild Blueberry Company, the country’s largest Tribal blueberry producer.
Rob is listed in national independent peer-based attorney guides, including Best Lawyers in America. Chambers USA has awarded its highest national ranking to Rob for his Native American Law practice, listing him among the top practitioners of Native American Law in the United States.
Yale Law School, J.D. and M.B.A., 1982
Harvard University, B.A., 1976
Hon. Robert Wilentz, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court, 1983-1984
Best Lawyers USA, Native American Law 2007-2022
Chambers USA, Nationwide, Native American Law
New England Super Lawyers, Native American Law, Business/Corporate, Gaming 2007-2010
Maine State Bar Association
Seminole Hard Rock International, LLC
Passamaquoddy Northeastern Blueberry Company