Carson R. Cooper
Senior Associate


Buffalo — 716.853.5100 x1246
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Carson Cooper focuses his practice primarily on Indian law and commercial litigation. Mr. Cooper represents Indian tribes and tribally-related businesses looking to do business in Indian Country. He has a broad range of experience representing tribes on matters involving Indian gaming regulatory work, tribal financing, and economic development on tribal land, and has experience litigating disputes in federal, state and tribal court.

In addition to his Indian law practice, Mr. Cooper also devotes much of his practice to commercial litigation. He has been involved in a broad range of claims, including defending manufacturers and retailers in product liability lawsuits, and defending insurance companies against insurance coverage and bad-faith claims. He also has significant experience in the construction litigation industry, largely representing design professionals and public owners in construction disputes involving project defect and delay claims as well as professional liability lawsuits.

Mr. Cooper also maintains a robust amicus curiae practice, representing tribal entities, private businesses, and trade associations seeking to shape policy and protect their interests through the judiciary. He routinely files non-party briefs on behalf of his clients at all levels of state and federal court, advocating for his clients’ interests in cases that will shape the law in his clients’ respective industry.

Prior to joining Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Mr. Cooper practiced at Lane Powell in Seattle, Washington, where he served as chair of the firm’s Native American Affairs practice group.


University of California at Los Angeles  School of Law, J.D., 2011
Stanford University, B.A., 2008

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Shoalwater Bay Tribal Court
  • Tulalip Tribal Court


  • Author, "Full Speed Ahead for New York’s Sports Betting Industry" Indian Gaming Magazine, June 2019.
  • Author, "Supreme Court Ruling Gives Indian Casinos the Potential to Immediately Offer Sports Gambling," Indian Gaming Magazine, June 2018.
  • Author, "Upper Skagit To Set The Bar For Tribal Sovereign Immunity," Law360, February 2018.
  • Author, "10th Circuit Strengthens States’ Ability to Disrupt On-Reservation Gaming," Indian Gaming Magazine, September 2017. 
  • Co-Author, “Design Professional Liens Attached When Nothing Is Built: Answering the Devil’s Advocate,” Washington State Bar Association’s Construction Law newsletter, Spring  2014.

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Federal Wire Act: How the DOJ Memo Affects Tribal Gaming.” Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, April 2, 2019
  • "Tribal Sports Gaming – Congressional Legislation Update," National Conference of American Indians (NCAI) 2018 Annual Conference, October 23, 2018
  • “Overcoming Tribal Real Estate Development Obstacles” and “Ethical Considerations,” National Business Institute’s “Negotiating Contracts on Tribal Lands” Seminar, October 17, 2016
  • “What You Should Know About Designing and Building Projects in Indian Country,” Lane Powell Construction Law Seminar, October 1, 2014


Community Involvement

  • Native American Community Services, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders 2018
  • Emerging Philanthropists of Color, Member
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder

Past Activities

  • UCLA Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Native American Law Students Association, President
  • National NALSA Moot Court Competition
  • UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Associate Editor
  • UCLA Law Fellows Program, Mentor

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