Government Investigations and Agency Disputes

Whether reaching out to a specific agency or responding to an agency’s inquiry or possible investigation, dealing with the federal bureaucracy and Washington DC can be overwhelming and confusing. The founders of Robins Kaplan LLP's American Indian Law and Policy Practice Group Brendan Johnson and Tim Purdon, can help guide Tribes as they navigate that challenging environment.  As Former United States Attorneys, their years of federal government service on Indian Country issues equip them to understand the internal policies and personalities that drive decisions in Washington.

Our agency experience runs deep and we can help Indian Country clients with issues or concerns involving agencies like the:

  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Interior
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Indian Health Service
  • Corps of Engineers
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency

In addition, we can help when Tribes find themselves in situations where they may be facing an investigation by a government agency into allegations of financial, public or grant corruption.  Using the resources and experience of Robins Kaplan's government and internal investigation practice we can assist Tribes by conducting a preemptive independent internal investigation to root out the truth before federal agency involvement begins. When agency involvement or a federal investigation has already begun, we can also help coordinate an effective response that minimizes exposures and retains Tribal dignity.


Brendan V. Johnson


Member of Executive Board
Chair, National Business Litigation Group
Co-Chair, Government and Internal Investigations Group

Timothy Q. Purdon


Chair, American Indian Law and Policy Group;
Co-Chair, Government and Internal Investigations Group

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