Wes Williams Jr. has concentrated on representing American Indian tribes, tribal housing authorities, economic development corporations and other entities conducting business on Indian reservations for over 25 years. Wes’ work has required him to become familiar with each of his tribal clients’ governing laws, such as their Constitution and ordinances, as well as Federal Indian laws and regulations affecting all aspects of tribal governmental operations. He works on a daily basis with tribal officials, council members, staff and members regarding various tribes’ powers, duties, responsibilities and procedures. Wes interacts with various tribal officials and staff to address both issues that arise on a daily basis, as well as long-term projects. He is required to know all aspects of each tribe’s internal governing documents, such as their constitutions and bylaws, law and order codes, and policies and procedures, in addition to various other tribal laws. While many aspects of tribal laws are similar, each tribe is unique, and Wes adjusts his approach to legal issues to meet each tribe’s individual needs.
Wes’ diverse background has afforded him the opportunity to speak on a number of panels presented to various Indian organizations on a variety of topics. He has spoken on the legitimacy of tribal courts and their affect on reservation business activities, tribes participating in the federal self-governance project, important judicial opinions affecting Indian tribes, construction administration and dispute resolution for Indian housing authorities, water litigation and federal Indian water rights.
He has represented tribes in many different areas, including the following:
Administrative Law Litigation: Trial and Appellate
Child Welfare Natural Resources
Construction and Transportation Self-Determination and Self-Governance
Employment Law Tribal Taxation
Environmental Law Treaty Rights
Gaming Tribal Codes and Ordinances
General Counsel Tribal Economic Development
Health Trust Land Acquisitions
Housing Trust Responsibility
Jurisdiction and Tribal Sovereignty Water Rights
Wes is admitted to practice in the State and federal district courts of Nevada, Arizona (currently inactive status) and Colorado (currently inactive status).
He has litigated cases in the following courts: Nevada State and Federal District Courts; United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and the following tribal courts: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Yerington Paiute Tribe, Walker River Paiute Tribe, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Ely Shoshone Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, Tohono O’odham Tribe, Gila River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Fort Mojave Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe, the C.F.R. Court for the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribal Court, and the Intertribal Court of Appeals for Nevada.
Wes limits his family law practice to couples who are seeking an efficient and cost-effective dissolution of their marriage. The state of Nevada allows for couples who have reached an agreement on all terms of their divorce to file a Joint Petition for Divorce or uncontested divorce. The terms of a divorce that are agreed upon by both parties include, but are not limited to, the division of property, spousal support, division of debts and child custody and support in the event children are involved. Wes can assist in explaining these issues and working to obtain an acceptable agreement to both parties. Once an agreement is reached, he prepares the petition, marital settlement agreement and other relevant documents for filing with the court and review and signature by a judge. A Joint Petition for Divorce allow for an expedient dissolution of a marriage saving both parties valuable time, money and limiting the emotional distress that is part of a divorce.
Wes represents clients in personal injury cases. He is committed to helping injured individuals and their family members move forward after sustaining an injury caused by another’s negligence. He believes that no one should have to pay for the injuries and damages that were brought on by another, and advocates tirelessly to right all the wrongs that have been done to his clients. Wes works diligently to secure maximum compensation for all the injury-related costs clients have endured. Our firm has proven experience dealing with insurance companies and is familiar with the tactics often used by insurance companies to minimize compensation to injured victims. Personal injury services range from the initial consultation, research, expert witnesses, arbitration and trial. All efforts are solely focused on obtaining the most favorable result possible for the client.