Diane E. Vitols

ATTORNEY

Diane E. Vitols has represented federally recognized tribal nations and their business interests, including in gaming compact negotiations and state and federal litigation, beginning in 1995. Her work has upheld the doctrine of tribal sovereignty and has advanced the cause of economic justice for many Native Americans.

Ms. Vitols was instrumental in California’s state-wide campaign to guarantee gaming rights as an exercise of sovereign authority for every Indian tribe. Additionally, her work helped to achieve the successful development of the first-ever gaming facility to be operated by Michigan’s Gun Lake Tribe. Ms. Vitols worked to secure the rights of Native American high school students seeking to wear traditional tribal regalia during graduation ceremonies. Early in her career, Ms. Vitols represented children and teens in juvenile court.

Ms. Vitols has represented tribes and tribal business enterprises in scores of transactions, including acquisition of subsidiary corporations, real estate purchases, commercial and residential leasing, construction projects, and historic building designation compliance. Ms. Vitols successfully represented a tribe’s interests during a joint FBI/NCAA investigation alleging improper benefits to a well-known college athlete.

Education:

  • M.B.A., Master in Business Administration, UCLA
  • J.D., The University of Michigan Law School
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Central Michigan University
    • Awarded a Fellowship to Study at Cambridge University

Bar & Court Admissions:

  • State of California
  • State of Michigan

Ms. Vitols may be reached at dvitols@tfnlgroup.com.

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