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Peter J. Rademacher

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Peter represents Indian tribes, lenders, and other entities in a wide range of transactions. He’s closed hundreds of millions of dollars in financings, represented clients on high-end casino and resort developments and other commercial developments, and advised clients on numerous business matters, including selecting business structures, governance, compliance, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and vendor, contractor, and employment agreements. He also puts his insights to work as a director for various corporations.

In addition to maintaining a successful transactional practice, Peter is an award-winning litigator. He’s represented clients in disputes over commercial contracts, administrative actions, federal and state law, treaty rights, jurisdiction, and gaming. He’s practiced in district and trial courts across the country and successfully argued numerous cases before appellate courts.

Before entering private practice, Peter served as a law clerk for the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. There he developed a unique understanding about how courts operate and how judges approach cases. He’s since built on that understanding by working side-by-side with judges and justices on the Minnesota Tribal Court/State Court Forum, which aims to better the relationships between tribal and state courts through education and collaboration. Peter employs his valuable insights into the court system with every project he touches.

When he’s not practicing law, Peter enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and sons and feeding his passion for golf, chess, and hunting. You also might find him playing board games or out on the lake with family and friends.

Peter J. Rademacher
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Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Ho-Chunk Tribal Court
  • Lac du Flambeau Tribal Court
  • Lower Sioux Community in Minnesota Tribal Court
  • Mille Lacs Band Court of Central Jurisdiction
  • Oglala Sioux Tribal Court
  • Prairie Island Tribal Court
  • Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court

Education

  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, 2014, summa cum laude
  • M.Arch. North Dakota State University, 2009
  • B.S. University of Minnesota, 2006

Representative Litigation Experience

  • In the Matter of the Application of Big Bend Wind, LLC, OAH No. 60-2500-37376; MPUC No. IP-7013/WS-19-619 (Minn. Admin. 2020 – present). Successfully negotiated an unprecedented settlement with an energy corporation regarding the size and placement of a large-scale hybrid wind and solar farm near a historic and sacred site.
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Evers, No. 21-1817 (7th Cir. Aug. 15, 2022). Persuaded the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that the 1854 Treaty of La Pointe prevents the State of Wisconsin from levying property taxes on the successor tribes and their members within their reservations, even where the land passed to non-Indian ownership and was later reacquired by the tribes or their members.
  • Harkins v. Grant Park Association, 972 N.W.2d 381 (Minn. 2022). Persuaded the Minnesota Supreme Court that the scope of records that associations must disclose to their homeowners under the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act is more expansive than the scope of records that associations must keep.
  • In re Coughlin, 33 F.4th 600 (1st Cir. 2022). Represented tribe in dispute over whether the Bankruptcy Code abrogates tribal sovereign immunity.
  • Howard v. Weidemann, No. 20-cv-1004 (ECT/LIB) (Dec. 22, 2021). Obtained summary judgment for tribal officers on Section 1983 claims for unlawful seizure and excessive use of force, persuading the district court that the officers acted under color of tribal (not state) law and that the tribal officers were entitled to qualified immunity because their actions were objectively reasonable.
  • Jones v. Wildcat, No. 19-cv-2493-JS (E.D. Penn. 2019). Represented tribal official in civil action under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and state usury laws.
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Snyder (W.D. Mich. 2015 – 2019). Represented the tribe in suit for recognition of treaty-defined reservation boundaries.
  • Cieslack v. Easly, No. 17-2338 (PAM/SER), 2018 WL 2926502 (D. Minn. 2018). Successfully urged federal court to dismiss claims under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act and state common law, arguing that the plaintiff failed to state a claim against the tribal defendants.
  • In re Petition to Amend Rule 10 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts (Minn. 2016 – 2018). Successfully petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to adopt a more robust rule for recognition of tribal court orders and judgments in state courts.
  • Bruguier v. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, 237 F. Supp. 3d 867 (W.D. Wis. 2017). Successfully urged a federal court to dismiss 15 Title-VII and state-law claims against the tribal defendants, arguing that the claims failed under the text of Title VII and case law and were barred by sovereign immunity.
  • NLRB v. Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (6th Cir. 2013 – 2016). Represented the tribe in defending against the improper assertion of agency authority over on-reservation gaming activities.
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Tribe et al. v. Wisconsin, 769 F.3d 543 (7th Cir. 2014), cert denied 135 S.Ct. 1842 (2015). Assisted in successfully urging a federal appellate court to reverse a district court decision upholding a 1991 judgment that prohibited the tribal plaintiffs from hunting deer at night, arguing that changed circumstances warranted an amendment to the judgment.
  • Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 133 S. Ct. 2552 (2013). Assisted in representing amici curiae in briefing to the United States Supreme Court.

Recognitions

  • Rising Star in Native American Law, Super Lawyers (2018 – 2022)
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2018)
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2017)
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awardee: Advocacy (2013); Constitutional Law-Liberties (2013); Persuasive Legal Writing (2012); and Sales (2012)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Community & Professional Engagement

  • Big Powderhorn Lodging Association, Inc., Board of Directors (2021 to present)
  • Alia, Board of Directors (2020 to present)
  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, Annual Golf Tournament Committee (2020 to present)
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