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National Law Review Publishes New Article by David K. TeSelle About Supreme Court Ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma

By Heidi Culbertson

August 6, 2020  

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Native American Rights in Oklahoma

Burg Simpson preferred shareholder, David K. TeSelle has authored an article for the National Law Review about the Supreme Court’s recent decision on McGirt v. Oklahoma.

In July of 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that much of the eastern portion of Oklahoma falls within an Indian reservation. The court’s decision has affirmed Native American rights in Oklahoma, and was based on the United States government’s long history of relocations and disregarded treaties with America’s indigenous tribes.

In his latest article for the National Law Review, Mr. TeSelle explains how in the Supreme Court’s  5-4 decision, the justices declared that a significant portion of the land in eastern Oklahoma, including much of Tulsa, which is the state’s second-largest city,  is an Indian reservation. The court’s decision is potentially one of the most significant legal victories for Native Americans in decades and could have far-reaching implications for the people who live in what the court affirmed was Indian Country. Please see Mr. TeSelle’s article in the National Law Review here.

About David K. TeSelle

Trial lawyer David K. TeSelle is a Preferred Shareholder and the Leader of Burg Simpson’s Commercial and Business Litigation Trial Team. His team includes over a dozen of the best trial lawyers in the country.

Mr. TeSelle has successfully tried numerous cases to jury verdicts in both state and federal court, as well as private arbitration. He practices before the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit. He regularly represents numerous plaintiffs in large class action and mass tort actions against corporate bad actors, large and small. In 2019, Mr. TeSelle was a lead counsel on one of the largest personal injury jury verdicts in Arizona history ($58.5 million.) He also represents and provides guidance to state and federal whistleblowers under the False Claims Act (Qui Tam Actions) when they expose fraud against state and federal governments. Additionally, he has successfully battled the largest banks in the world, including in litigation related to the 2008 economic collapse (the so-called “Big Short” cases.) Mr. TeSelle represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial litigation and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients.

With over 25 years of experience, Mr. TeSelle has been repeatedly selected by Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers. He has also been selected as a Top 100 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Association and served as President of the NTL Business Torts section.

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