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Roxann S. Gallagher

Best Lawyers’ honoree Roxann Gallagher is an attorney in the Public and Commercial Finance, Indian Law and Tribal Relations, and Business and Corporate Law practice groups.

Roxann Gallagher’s practice primarily focuses on commercial and public finance and federal Indian law with an emphasis on economic development. She represents a broad range of clients, including many institutional lenders, in transactions involving taxable commercial loans, tax-exempt bonds, certificates of participation, tax credits, leases, and other financing mechanisms. Sacks Tierney is listed in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace® (the “Red Book”).

She is also routinely engaged to navigate the complex legal regimes present when business or development projects occur within the jurisdictional boundaries of tribal communities or are conducted directly by tribal entities. She understands the intricacies of real estate title and security issues, regulatory authority, development and construction concerns, and unique timing considerations that impact each venture’s ultimate success.

Roxann earned her law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law, where she served as an articles editor for the Arizona State Law Journal. Roxann also received a Certificate in Indian Law from the school’s preeminent Indian Legal Program.

She currently serves on the board of directors of Meritas, a global alliance of independent law firms; is the chair of the board of directors of Native American Connections, Inc., which owns and operates 18 sites offering a continuum of affordable housing, behavioral health, and community development services; is the chair of the board of directors of Christ Church School; and is a trustee at Prescott College.

A Best Lawyers in America® (Public Finance Law) honoree, Roxann is also recognized in “Most Influential Women in Arizona Business,” AzBusiness Magazine (2016); “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona” (Securities and Corporate Finance), AzBusiness Magazine, 2103, 2014, 2021; North Valley Magazine “2012 Top Attorneys in the Valley” (Commercial Finance); and Phoenix Business Journal: Forty Under 40, Class of 2009.

Practice Areas

Public and Commercial Finance

Indian Law and Tribal Relations

Business and Corporate Law

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® (Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Finance Law, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law), 2020-present

“Most Influential Women in Arizona Business,” AzBusiness Magazine, 2016

“Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona,” AzBusiness Magazine: Securities and Corporate Finance, 2013, 2014, 2021

North Valley Magazine 2012 Top Attorneys in the Valley (Commercial Finance)

Phoenix Business Journal: Forty Under 40, Class of 2009

2017 Ragnar Trail Zion Best Team Name

Recipient, ASU 2009 President's Medal for Social Embeddedness for Arizona Native Vote - Election Protection Project

2008 ATHENA Young Professional Nominee

2007 Arizona’s Finest Couples Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Professional Activities

Meritas: Board of Directors (2019-2022), Member Engagement Committee (2019-2020), Finance Committee (2018-2019), Young Lawyer Program Representative (2010-2019)

National Association of Bond Lawyers

State Bar of Arizona: Indian Law Section, Executive Council Secretary (2014-2016)

Federal Bar Association: Indian Law Section (2003-2018)

Native American Bar Association of Arizona (2004-2013)

Volunteer Lawyers Program (2004-2010)

Homeless Legal Assistance Program (2004-2010)

Wills for Heroes (2007-2010)

State Bar of Arizona: Member, Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law (2006-2013), Chair (2010); Co-Chair, Minority Bar Convention (2008)

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Legal Department: Law Clerk (2001-2002)

U.S. Senator Hank Brown: Intern (1994-1995)

Court and Bar Admissions

Arizona, 2003

Navajo Nation, 2007

Publications and Articles

Priority Breaks: New Title Guidelines on Construction Projects,” Sacks Tierney Client Newsletter, March 2017

“Business Formation and Entity Selection” (chapter author), Construction Law Practice Manual, 3rd Ed. 2016, State Bar of Arizona


“Financing Transactions on the Navajo Nation,” Navajo Nation Law CLE, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Indian Legal Program, Tempe, Arizona (October 2016)

“Risky Business: New Challenges in Real Estate Transactions” (panelist), State Bar of Arizona Convention (June 2015)

“Indian Law 101,” National Business Institute Teleconference (January 2014)

“Establishing a Business on Native American Lands,” National Business Institute Teleconference (November 2012)

“Indian Law 101,” National Business Institute Teleconference (January 2012)

“Ethical Issues from the Perspective of a Law Firm Attorney,” Indian Law Ethics CLE Conference, Arizona State University (December 2011)

“Indian Law 101,” National Business Institute, National Teleconference (June 2011)

“UCC and Secured Transactions,” Navajo Nation CLE, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Indian Legal Program, Tempe, Arizona (September 2010)

“New Economic Development Bonds Available to Indian Tribal Governments,” Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Phoenix (August 2009)

 “UCC and Secured Transactions,” Navajo Nation Bar Association CLE, St. Michaels, Arizona (August 2009)

“New Economic Development Bonds Available to Indian Tribal Governments,” Sixth Annual Construction in Indian Country Conference, Fountain Hills, Arizona (May 2009)

“CLE for Free: Doing Business in Indian Country,” Ballard Spahr, Phoenix (March 2009)

“It’s A Business: Tax-Exempt Bonds for 501(c)(3) Charitable Organizations,” Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix (September 2008)

“Operating in Indian Country,” American Bar Association 11th Annual Institute on Gaming Law Minefield, Las Vegas (February 2007)

“The Intersection of Corporate America and Indian Country: Negotiating Successful Business Partnerships,” American Bar Association 10th Annual National Institute on Gaming Law Minefield, Las Vegas (February 2006)

“Tribal Nations: Contracting with Sovereign Nations,” 4th Annual Hospitality Law Conference, Houston (February 2006)

“Overview of Legal Issues in Indian Country,” U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (January 2006)

“Lending in Indian Country: Model Tribal Secured Transaction Code,” American Bar Association, Business Law Today Teleconference (December 2005)

“Income Diversification: Preparing for the Tribe's Future Generations,” INM Native American Finance Conference, Uncasville, Connecticut (June 2005)

“Doing Business in Indian Country,” City of Tucson (March 2005)

“Overview of Legal Issues in Indian County,” U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (August 2004)

“Bond Finance and Economic Development in Indian Country,” NAU Navajo Nation Bond Forum (August 2004)


Arizona State University, J.D., 2002: Articles editor, Arizona State Law Journal; Certificate in Indian Law

University of Colorado, B.A., 1995

Community Leadership

Native American Connections: Chair, Board of Directors (Current, 2014-2016); Vice Chair (2016-2018)

Prescott College: Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Finance Committee

Christ Church School; Chair (Current); Treasurer (2015-2016)

Arizona’s Finest Couples, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Program Advisor (2009-present), Event Programming Co-Chair (2008), Honoree (2007)

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation: Member, Legal Committee (2006-2010)