Mark H. Reeves
Partner

Enterprise Mill 1450 Greene St., Suite 230, Augusta, GA USA 30901

607 14th Street, NW Suite 900, Washington, DC USA 20005

Overview

Mark Reeves focuses his practice on litigation, devoting the majority of his time to the representation of Indian tribes. He has represented and advised tribes in a broad range of litigation in federal, state, and tribal courts and before federal administrative agencies, including a number of cases before federal appellate courts and the Interior Board of Indian Appeals. Mr. Reeves has significant experience litigating issues relating to tribal sovereignty and immunity, the acquisition, development, and protection of tribal land and water rights, the taxation of Indian lands and property, litigation over easements and rights-of-way on Indian lands, the application of federal and state laws to Indian tribes and tribal enterprises, and the enforcement of the United States’ trust responsibilities.

Mr. Reeves has also assisted and advised tribes in numerous non-litigation contexts, including the negotiation of self-governance compacts and funding agreements, fee-into-trust land acquisitions, right-of-way and easement negotiations, the acquisition of Johnson O’Malley Act funds for Indian education programs, and the preparation, interpretation, and application of tribal legal codes.

In addition to his work on behalf of Native American clients, Mr. Reeves has substantial experience in medical malpractice defense litigation and in representing business clients involved in civil litigation, including products liability work and commercial contract disputes. He also has assisted in the representation of numerous individual plaintiffs who were victims of catastrophic injuries.

Mr. Reeves was recognized by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce as a "Top 10 in 10 Young Professional" in 2014. He was also recognized as a Georgia “Rising Star” in the area of Native American Law by Super Lawyers magazine each year from 2015-2017.

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Experience

Pro bono work on behalf of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, a non-profit entity using groundbreaking research and public education initiatives to promote responsible stewardship of fresh water resources and environmentally sustainable economic development in the Savannah River watershed and beyond.

Represented a Georgia hospital in medical malpractice litigation.

Successfully represented Billy Frank Jr. and Frank’s Landing Indian Community in contract litigation dispute. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision that had foreclosed the Nisqually Indian Tribe's (Nisqually) challenge to an agreement between Frank's Landing, the state of Washington, and another tribe, the Squaxin Island Tribe regarding taxation of cigarette sales at Frank's Landing.

Represent the officers and directors of a publicly held company in a shareholder derivative action pending in the Business Court in the State of North Carolina filed by holders of preferred shares. The allegations center on an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the officers and directors in mismanaging the company and using company funds to benefit an outside entity owned by them. Individual claims against the officers and directors were successfully dismissed. Counsel also successfully obtained orders compelling written discovery from the plaintiff and a deposition of counsel for plaintiff in the state courts of North Carolina and New York. They successfully resolved all remaining derivative claims. Esquire Trade & Fin., Inc. v. Diversified Senior Serv., Inc., 08 CVS 6227 (Forsyth County filed Aug. 12, 2008).

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Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (2004) Order of the Coif

University of Georgia, B.A. (2001) with honors, summa cum laude, First Honor Graduate

Admissions

Georgia (2005)

District of Columbia (2016)

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2005)

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (2005)

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia (2007)

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (2009)

Georgia Court of Appeals (2009)

Georgia Supreme Court (2009)

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Court (2012)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2015)

United States Supreme Court (2017)

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clerkship

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - R. Lanier Anderson, III (Sep 2004-Aug 2005)

Professional & Community Activities

State Bar of Georgia, 2008 Young Lawyers' Division Leadership Academy

Augusta Bar Association, Treasurer (2014-2015)

Augusta Bar Foundation, Board Member (2014-2015)

Young Lawyers of Augusta, President (2011)

Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Board Member (2006-2011)

Phinizy Center for Water Sciences (f/k/a Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy), Secretary & Board Member (2008-2017)

Tri My Best Triathlon, Volunteer

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