Craig E. Francis
For the last 15 years, Mr. Francis has represented tribes as General Counsel, his own, the Passamaquoddy, included. In this role for his tribe he advised on a variety of economic development initiatives ranging from start-ups to ongoing businesses. He was a member of an economic development board, which was an arm of the tribal government responsible for the reservation's business affairs. He was also advisor to the governmental administration on a variety of commercial ventures including energy-related projects.
Mr. Francis represented the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as General Counsel to the Pearl River Resort. This was a fast-paced Indian gaming environment that demanded effective problem solving, strong communication skills and the ability to deal with stressful situations.
While Mr. Francis primarily focused on legal issues, he was heavily involved in all aspects of the business affairs for his clients, including operational, managerial and policy related matters.