Padraic I. McCoy

Padraic I. McCoy Partner

  • Education
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • M.A., UCLA School of Graduate Studies
  • B.A., University of California Irvine (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Admissions
  • California
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Experience
  • Professional Experience
  • Publications

Padraic I. McCoy (Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Denver School of Law) earned his Juris Doctor and MA degrees from UCLA. Padraic’s practice covers a broad variety of business and transactional matters, and appellate work. He represents a variety of private, governmental, and tribal parties on finance and transactional matters, including start-up work and business structuring and partnership issues, real estate and development, construction, environmental, water, and regulatory matters, both in Colorado and nationwide. Padraic has a broad financing practice, including experience with municipal bond work, bank loans, hedge fund structures, venture capital, and tax credit transactions. Padraic is former special counsel to the City and County of Denver on financing matters, where he represented the City and County on an approximate $400.0 million bond financing to renovate the National Western Center, and he serves as outside counsel to an environmental and construction firm.

Padraic’s practice also includes significant work with Indian tribes and in the tribal gaming industry, where he represents tribal governments and agencies, gaming commissions, developers, investors, lenders, banks, landowners, and others.  He has worked on over twenty-five Indian gaming projects in twenty different states, and has been involved in well over $1.0 billion in casino financings.  Padraic also recently represented a tribal government in establishing a $150.0 million tribal-owned and operated investment fund.  He has also closed several alternative financings, including New Markets Tax Credit and Low Income Housing Tax Credit transactions.

Padraic also has litigation and appellate experience in courts throughout the United States, including recent work in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Padraic began his legal career in Washington D.C. and has worked for large law firms in Los Angeles and Denver. Padraic is admitted to the California and Colorado Bars, and to several Circuit Courts of Appeal, including the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Transactions, Financings, and Regulatory Matters

  • Shingle Springs Rancheria (California) – $300.0 million.
  • Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and Snoqualmie Entertainment Authority: Snoqualmie Casino (Washington) – $450.0 million.
  • $200 million Rule 144A offering of senior notes by the River Rock Entertainment Authority for development of River Rock Casino in Sonoma County, California, by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.
  • $265 million bond issuance for San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
  • $70,000,000 bond offering for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Oregon.
  • Various fee-to-trust and Indian lands projects in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Successful fee-to-trust acquisition and initial reservation proclamation for the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington.
  • Successful NIGC Indian lands determination for off-reservation allotment in California, for Big Sandy Band of Western Mono Indians.
  • Representation of tribe in all pre-development phases of $280 million tribal government gaming and entertainment resort for Big Sandy Entertainment Authority and Big Sandy Band of Western Mono Indians near Fresno, California.

Litigation Matters

  • Dismissal of federal lawsuit against United States and State of California regarding validity of tribal-state gaming compact, based on FRCP 19 for failure to join tribe as necessary party, Friends of Amador County v. United States of America (E.D. California, 2011).
  • Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes v. Boswell, et al. (W.D. Okla.).  Representation of Tribes against illegal occupation of tribal offices.
  • In re N.B., No. 06CA1325 (Colo. Ct. App. 2007).  Represented Montana Indian tribe in Indian Child Welfare Act matter and in striking down “existing Indian family” doctrine in Colorado.
  • Mckay v. Pacific Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 40 IBIA 26 (2004). Successfully defended tribe’s right of self-government in intra-tribal dispute and attempted takeover of tribal government
  • Smith v. Pacific Regional Director (2005). Successfully defended tribe’s sovereign right to determine membership and resolve disputes, and established Department of the Interior’s lack of jurisdiction to intervene in intra-tribal disputes
  • Troilo v. Mono Wind Casino (Cal. Superior Ct. 2005). Defense of tribe and tribal government gaming facility against wrongful prosecution, including successful resolution of illegal seizure of tribal assets and violation of tribe’s sovereign immunity
  • Minor participation in other cases, including: Wolfchild v. United States, 559 F.3d 1228 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (successful representation of tribe in defending claims to tribal lands and revenues); In re Federal Acknowledgment of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, 52 IBIA 127 (IBIA 2010) (successfully defended federal acknowledgment of the Shinnecock Indian Nation); Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation v. Douglas County Public Utility District (successful representation of tribe in $950 million claim against public utility involving payment for use of tribal land near FERC licensed Wells Dam on upper Columbia River, Washington).
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