Tel: (347)  225-2228
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For over 30 years Mr. Simermeyer’s practice has prided itself in representing individuals, groups, Native American tribes, communities, bands, and organizations before tribal, local, state and federal governments in all areas of individual and Native American law.  Please find a brief overview of practice areas below.

Native American Tribe Organization & Development

Mr. Simermeyer aids Native American communities develop inter-governmental systems and policies so that tribal affairs can be handled in accordance with Native American traditions, tribal traditions, and in consideration of their sovereign relationship with state and federal governments.    

Native American Sovereignty & Self-Determination

Since the passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act in 1975, in which self-determination, rather than termination, became the focus of government action, Mr. Simermeyer has aided Native American communities in cases involving sovereignty and self-determination.  His successful representation in the granting of the Unkechaug Nation’s sovereign immunity in 2009 by U.S. District Court Judge Kiyo Matsumoto for the Eastern District of New York was a landmark decision and will be a featured topic at the most important international conference on American Indian and Inuit studies in the world, the American Indian Workshop (AIW), this March in Prague.

General Litigation

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Relations

Government Relations

Mr. Simermeyer consults and assists tribes in negotiations between tribal governments and local, city, state, and federal governments.  

Civil Rights Advocacy

The Law Offices of James Simermeyer assist clients in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and throughout the United States.

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