Donald Pongrace

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Donald R. Pongrace provides strategic advice and advocates on behalf of tribal groups, governments and corporations. He has been involved in significant policy issues around the world, and  he currently focuses his attention on policy issues relating to Sub-Saharan Africa and U.S. domestic policy issues at the federal, state and tribal levels, providing strategic advice to, and advocacy primarily on behalf of, tribal governments and tribal groups.

Don’s work on the federal aspects of tribal policies in the United States includes serving as lead counsel on the two largest Indian water settlements in U.S. history and one of the largest trust mismanagement claims in U.S. history.


  • Focuses on U.S. domestic policy issues and those related to Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Leads the American Indian law and policy group.
  • Former co-leader of the public law and policy practice.

Representative Work:

  • Counsel to foreign candidate for president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, seeking U.S. support for free and fair elections there.
  • Lead counsel to California tribe in implementation of its congressionally approved Indian water rights settlement, including obtaining court approvals and meeting other conditions of enforceability.
  • Lead counsel for tribe seeking congressional approval of tribal trust accounting claim, which included congressional approval of all federal undocumented rights-of-way on reservation, the payment of damages and the addition of 3600 acres of new reservation lands to the tribe’s reservation.
  • Lead counsel for tribe in Colorado River basin drought contingency plan, including developing overall Arizona drought plan and negotiating tribe’s role in it.
  • Lead counsel for tribe in innovative federal funding for BIE school through a lease back arrangement, which provided accelerated funding and construction and will serve as model for other federal Indian infrastructure and construction projects.


  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, magna cum laude, 1985
  • B.A., Bates College, magna cum laude, 1979


  • U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit

Bar Admissions:

  • District of Columbia


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