Maranda S. Compton

Of Counsel *

202-298-1806

mcompton@vnf.com

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007
  • Assisted energy industry group in development and hosting of unique, one-of-a-kind program bringing together tribal leaders and industry professionals in a dialogue to improve tribal/industry relationships.
  • Advises project proponent clients – including hydroelectric, pipeline, renewables, and tourism/surface lease developments – on strategies for Tribal engagement.
  • Advises FERC licensee of hydroelectric project regarding treaty and ceremonial and subsistence fishing claims.
  • Aids corporate clients in development of tribal engagement and environmental justice protocols.
  • Assists tribal governments in the development and implementation of tribal codes, including regulations pertaining to water, consumer finance, e-commerce, privacy, and commercial activities and business entity formation.
  • Advises municipality on development issues involving tribal property and treaty interests.
  • Develops comprehensive tribal employment preference compliance programs for non-tribal companies operating on tribal lands.
  • Negotiates joint ventures, service provider relationships, and commercial financing between non-tribal and tribal entities, including extensive restructuring of existing relationships.
  • Represents tribes and tribal enterprises in federal agency investigations and state enforcement actions.
  • Represents tribal and non-tribal clients in a wide-range of federal appeals, drafting briefs for cases before U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court regarding tribal jurisdiction, federal and state taxation, applicability of federal laws, and sovereign immunity.

Publications

White House Issues Draft Guidance on Considering Climate Change in NEPA Documents

Martindale.com
03/05/2010

Regulating Sovereignty: Resource Development and Regulation Under Tribal Energy Resource Agreements

Native American Indian Law Review
01/01/2009

Presentations

US v. Washington Culvert Subproceeding: Implications on the Regulated Community in the Northwest

Presenter
Seattle, WA
07/10/2018

Midstream Oil & Gas from the Upstream Prospective

Speaker, "A Practical Guide to Planning and Permitting a Pipeline"
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
Houston, TX
04/24/2018

HydroVision International 2017

Speaker, "Building Relationships with Tribes/First Nations to Improve Water Management"
Denver, CO
06/27/2017


* Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Work is supervised by a member of the District of Columbia bar.