Best Lawyers’ honoree Roxann S. 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 recently served on the board of directors of Meritas, a global alliance of independent law firms and 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.
Roxann was recently honored with a ranking by London-based Chambers and Partners for her work in Native American Law and is included in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in five categories for her work in Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Finance Law, Corporate Law, Native American Law, and Project Finance Law. Roxann was also recognized as a “2022 AZ Business Leader” in Native American Law and in “Most Influential Women in Arizona Business,” AzBusiness Magazine (2016); “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona” (Securities and Corporate Finance), AzBusiness Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2021; North Valley Magazine “2012 Top Attorneys in the Valley” (Commercial Finance); and Phoenix Business Journal: Forty Under 40, Class of 2009.
Arizona State University, J.D. 2002: Articles Editor, Arizona State Law Journal; Certificate in Indian Law
University of Colorado, B.A. 1995
Native American Connections: Chair, Board of Directors 2014-2016 and present; Vice-Chair 2016-2018
Prescott College: Board of Trustees 2013-2022, Executive Committee, Finance Committee
Christ Church School; Chair 2016-2020; Treasurer 2015-2016
Chambers and Partners: Native American Law – Arizona (Band 1), Chambers USA 2023
The Best Lawyers in America®: Banking and Finance Law 2022-present, Commercial Finance Law 2022-present, Project Finance Law 2022-present; Corporate Law 2023-present, Native American Law 2023-present, and Public Finance Law 2019-present.
“2022 AZ Business Leaders,” Native American Law, AZ Big Media
“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 & Industry Memberships
Meritas: Board of Directors 2019-2023, 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
“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