Biography

Frank S. Holleman joined the firm in 2012 and became a partner in 2017. He works in all areas of the firm's practice. He graduated from the Columbia Law School in 2012, where he was a managing editor on the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, Head Editor of the Native American Law Student Association moot court team, and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also interned at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Holleman has experience in federal and tribal court litigation and has experience working on issues related to federal labor law, water rights and riverbed ownership, cultural resource protection, environmental regulation, gaming, and tribal jurisdiction. 

Honors

  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Reported Decisions

  • Working with the partners and associates at the firm and outside counsel, Mr. Holleman has contributed to the following achievements for clients:
  • Decisions
  • Douglas Indian Association v. Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska, ___ P.3d ___, Case No. 7198 (Alaska, Sept. 8, 2017).  Successfully asserted tribal sovereign immunity against subpoenas.
  • Chickasaw Nation, 362 NLRB No. 109 (2015).  Obtained judgment that federal labor relations law does not govern employment relationship between Chickasaw Nation and its employees at gaming enterprises.
  • Pueblo of Isleta v. Lujan Grisham, Civ. No. 17-654 KG/KK, 2019 WL 1436023 (D.N.M. Mar. 30, 2019).  Defeated demand from State of New Mexico to tribal clients for gaming revenue sharing payments of over $20 million and obtained declaratory judgment that revenue sharing payments made under New Mexico 2015 Model Compact do not include value of free play at Class III gaming machines.
  • Cherokee Nation v. Stitt, No. CIV-19-1198-D,2020 WL 4340549 (W.D. Okla. July 28, 2020).  Obtained judgment that Oklahoma Model Compact renewed and preserved Tribes' right to conduct Class III under the Model Compact in Oklahoma from 2020-2035.
  • FMC Corp. v. Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, 942 F.3d 916. (9th Cir. 2019), aff'g No. 4:14-CV-489-BLW, 2017 WL 4322393 (D. Idaho Sept. 28, 2017).  Obtained $21 million judgment for client to remediate environmental harms caused by toxic waste dump on Reservation.
  • In re NorthMet Project Permit to Mine, 940 N.W.2d 216 (Minn. App. 2020).  Obtained reversal and remand of state-issued permit to mine that threatened to violate downstream tribal water quality standards and tribal treaty fishing and gathering rights
  • Interior Solicitor Opinion M-37034.  Achieved decision from Interior Solicitor affirming Reservation boundaries include full breadth of historically, economically, and culturally important river.
  • Amicus Briefing
  • McGirt v. Oklahoma, 140 S. Ct. 2452 (2020) and Sharp v. Murphy, 140 S. Ct. 2412 (2020) (per curiam).  Co-authored amicus briefs on the merits on behalf of current and former Oklahoma federal and state officials and tribal clients that were relied on by majority opinion in McGirt to overcome objections by State of Oklahoma to recognition of continued existence of Muscogee (Creek) Reservation or other Reservations in Oklahoma.

Education

Columbia Law School, J.D., 2012

Duke University, A.B. Political Science and History, 2009

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Cherokee Nation, 2017
  • Choctaw Nation, 2020
  • District of Columbia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for District of Columbia, 2019
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2017
  • Northern District of New York, 2019