Experienced attorneys dedicated to taking on all tribal law matters

At the law firm of Barberi Law, we take pride in our commitment to standing up for the rights of members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. With more than 50 years of combined legal experience on our side, we have built a reputation for navigating the tribal court system. Our lawyers understand the significant differences between tribal law and state and federal laws. We also understand that the stakes are just as high, making it critical that we do everything correctly the first time. When clients trust us with their case, they are in good hands as it’s not be the first time we have handled a case in tribal court, and we have never lost a tribal court jury trial! Our legal team knows tribal law. We know the system, and most importantly, we know how to protect our clients’ rights.

E-mail us or call us at (989) 546-7124 to schedule a consultation about a criminal defense, personal injury or an estate or probate matter with an experienced tribal law lawyer. 

Our law firm is available to represent members of the Saginaw Chippewa community in Mount Pleasant and throughout Central or Northern Michigan.

Criminal defense and tribal law

We can take on all felony and misdemeanor charges in tribal court, including:

When you turn to us for criminal defense representation, you can be certain that you have a team of attorneys on your side that you can trust. You can trust us because we have built our careers on helping people stand up for their rights. This is what we do, and we do it well. Our principal attorney, Joe Barberi, grew up in Mt. Pleasant and has many Native American friends and contacts at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe that give him a unique insight as to the tribe’s different approach to justice.

Personal injury and tribal law

Legal claims arising from accidents that take place on tribal land may be subject to tribal law. Whether you were involved in a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of the casino or you were injured due to a slip-and-fall at the Soaring Eagle Casino, we can help. While a car accident may involve a lawsuit against the negligent driver and that person’s insurance company, a slip-and-fall lawsuit would proceed against the owner of the property where the fall occurred. The owner of the Soaring Eagle is the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, a sovereign nation. Pursuing a personal injury action against a sovereign nation presents unique challenges, but you can be assured that we have the experience and skills to handle your claim.

Family law and tribal law

If one or both of the parties going through a divorce are members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, tribal court has initial jurisdiction. As in other areas of law, the rules that pertain in tribal court are somewhat different. An attorney needs to understand these rules in order to make them work for you. At our law firm, we know tribal law. We know how to obtain results that match your goals.

We’re here for you

Our offices are located in Mount Pleasant and Midland, but we serve clients throughout central Michigan. Contact us to get your questions answered.