Tom Foley advises clients with gaming law transactions and compliance matters, as well as Indian country business and regulatory issues. Tom serves as one of the senior leaders of Gray Plant Mooty’s national Gaming Law and Indian Country & Regulatory Affairs practice teams.
As one of the nation’s foremost Indian gaming attorneys, Tom provides legal and business counsel to tribal governments and their tribal agencies, along with casino management and development companies, gaming equipment vendors, and financial institutions in connection with matters related to federal, state, and tribal regulatory compliance; financing; taxation; Indian lands; and i-gaming issues. His Indian gaming business counsel services include counseling related to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) approval process and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) fee-to-trust land transfers, negotiating and advising in connection with tribal–state gaming compacts, assisting tribal gaming commissions with NIGC and state gaming regulatory compliance, assisting gaming equipment vendors with NIGC and tribal regulatory compliance, and serving as legal counsel to tribal gaming commissions. Foley is also a qualified neutral for arbitration for civil matters under Rule 114 in Minnesota.
Over the last 20 years, Tom has earned an exceptional standing with the U.S. Department of the Interior, BIA, the U.S. Justice Department, and the NIGC in assisting tribal clients and commercial businesses through various administrative law and public policy issues, and he has a robust governmental/public policy practice working with state and federal officials, Congressional members and staff, and executive agencies on behalf of tribes, tribal enterprises, and non-tribal companies with respect to a wide range of Indian country issues and business initiatives.
Tom’s extensive public sector experience includes a three-year term on the National Indian Gaming Commission, including serving as vice chairman and acting chairman, and serving as the County Attorney for Ramsey County (1979-1995) and Washington County (1998) in Minnesota. In 1991, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, representing the City of Saint Paul in R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, one of the first hate crime cases ever decided by the court. He has also served as a commissioner on the Metropolitan Airports Commission (1999-2009), as the director of the Minnesota governor’s Washington, D.C. office (1999-2000), as president of the Minnesota Democratic Leadership Council—a centrist public policy development organization—and in senior leadership positions for numerous federal, state, and local campaigns, as well as being a candidate for the U.S. House and Senate in Minnesota.
Recognized by U.S. News & World Report for many years as a leader in the fields of gaming law and Native American law, Tom is a frequent speaker and writer on Indian gaming business matters, and for many years he wrote a legal column for Indian Gaming Business, one of the industry’s leading trade magazines. He has been selected annually as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Gaming Law and Native American Law. For over a decade, he has been elected to membership in the International Masters of Gaming Law, considered the preeminent worldwide organization for gaming industry attorneys and professionals. He is also a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys, and he has been recognized as one of “Gaming’s Legal Eagles” in Casino Enterprise Management’s Guide to the World’s Pre-eminent Gaming Attorneys.
Prior to joining Gray Plant Mooty, Tom was president of Foley Law, LLC, a law firm with a national practice providing gaming business counsel, compliance services, and litigation services to companies, tribes/tribal agencies, utilities, and individuals with respect to Indian gaming and commercial gaming law matters, tribal business transactions, and jurisdictional disputes. He was also a member of Lowry Strategies, LLC, a government affairs company focused on consulting service at the federal and state levels to companies, private and public institutions, non-profit organizations, and political candidates with respect to issues and initiatives involving Indian country related issues, as well as gaming, public safety and law enforcement, and local government and municipal matters.
Tom earned both his Bachelor of Arts in History (1969) and Juris Doctorate (1972) from the University of Minnesota.
Gray Plant Mooty is recognized as one of the leading corporate law firms in Minnesota and one of the top franchise firms in the world. Our roots go back to 1866. Today, we are a 180-plus attorney, full-service firm with offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Fargo, North Dakota.