Philip N. Hogen

Of Counsel

A former Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, Mr. Hogen specializes in intergovernmental relations, litigation, tribal gaming, gaming development, and gaming regulation. Before moving into private practice in 2009, Phil spent 25 years in the Federal government. That service began when he served as the first Administrative Assistant to then Congressman Jim Abdnor in 1973. Thereafter, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for South Dakota, a position he held from 1981-1991. During his service as United States Attorney, Mr. Hogen served as the Chairman of the Department of Justice Indian Affairs Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. In 1995, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt appointed Mr. Hogen to serve as an Associate Commissioner on the National Indian Gaming Commission. He served in that position from 1995–1999. He returned to the private practice of law in Rapid City, only to be called on to serve as the Associate Solicitor for the United States Department of the Interior, in 2001, a position he held until he was again appointed to the National Indian Gaming Commission, this time by President George W. Bush and as the Commission’s Chairman. Mr. Hogen served as the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission for seven years, the longest serving Chairman of that body. During his service, Mr. Hogen oversaw the most dramatic sustained growth in Indian gaming in its history. During this period of change and growth, Mr. Hogen provided assistance to Tribes nationwide to ensure that the dramatic growth was accompanied by thorough and effective tribal regulation.

Mr. Hogen has presented on topics relating to Indian Gaming regulation and governance for years and throughout Indian Country. He is active in his profession and in his community, serving as a founding incorporator and director of the South Dakota Indian Country Bar Association, as a director of Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, as a director of the Black Hills Ski Club, and as a director of the High Meadows Water Co.

Mr. Hogen is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He and his wife, Marty continue to make their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mr. Hogen has two children, son Herb and daughter Vanya, who is a member of the Firm, and two grandchildren, Cora and Vincent.


South Dakota Office:
11312 N. High Meadows Dr.
Black Hawk, SD 57718

St. Paul Office:
1935 W. Country Rd. B2, Suite 460
St. Paul, MN 55113

Bar Admissions

  • South Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota


  • J.D. University of South Dakota, 1970
  • B.A. Augustana College, 1967

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • 2009 Warrior’s Award from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association for lifetime achievements in the cause of Oklahoma Indian Gaming
  • 2009 First Distinguished Public Administrator in Residence, University of North Dakota
  • 2004 Regulator of the Year from the International Masters of Gaming Law in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the gaming industry
  • U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Dedication and Leadership in the Prosecution of Crimes in Indian Country
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General’s Integrity Award
  • U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General – Civil Rights Division Award for Protection of Indian Rights

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Finance
  • Gaming Law
  • Government Relations & Regulatory Compliance