Ed Gehres heads the Van Ness Feldman Native American and Tribal Business practice group. Ed brings nearly 20 years of experience in law and policy to his representation of Alaska Native and Native American interests, businesses dealing with tribes, and clients in the energy and natural resources space. With national counsel experience in complex litigation, government relations, political strategy, public affairs, and regulatory work, Ed deploys a 360 degree view of client organizations, their markets, their regulators, and the risks and political challenges each faces.
Ed represents tribal enterprises, Alaska Native Corporations, non-Indian businesses partnering with or investing in tribal enterprises, and related economic development organizations in a wide range of transactional, regulatory, and dispute resolution matters. He has significant experience working on complex civil litigation, financial services issues, the development of energy projects, government contracting, food and consumer products, and small business development in Indian Country. Ed also has experience counseling tribal governments on risk management and federal relations.
Ed brings deep personal connections with Indian Country to bear in counseling parties on how to maximize the profitability and success of Native American enterprises while minimizing and preparing effectively for inherent risks. Ed is of Eastern Band Cherokee heritage, served on the Executive Board of the Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC, and is currently co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Native American Political Leadership Program at the George Washington University.
In his complex civil litigation practice, Ed has defended companies in commercial litigation, consumer protection litigation and enforcement actions, and claims arising from environmental exposures. Ed also has significant experience developing strategies for dealing with adverse agency findings on complex scientific issues. Ed builds his representation in litigation matters around collaboration with principals and in-house counsel that know the business best, crafting strategies that balance zealous advocacy with efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
University of Virginia School of Law
George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management
University of Michigan
Native American Law, 2016-2017
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Native American Law, 2017-2018
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
American Bar Association
Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC
Co-Chair, Maryland Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition
Board of Directors, The Arc of Montgomery County
Co-Chair, 2007 & 2008 Federal Bar Association Mid-Year Indian Law Conference