Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier

USA - Arizona

Snell & Wilmer
One Arizona Center 400
East Van Buren Street Suite 1900
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2202

Tel: 602.382.6366
Fax: 602.382.6070

Email: hstaudenmaier@swlaw.com
Web: www.swlaw.com

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier is nationally recognized in the areas of Indian Law, Gaming Law and Business Litigation. She represents tribes, tribal entities and businesses who engage in business transactions with tribes and tribal entities.


  • University of Iowa, College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1985)
  • University of Iowa (B.A., Journalism and Broadcasting (double major), with distinction, 1981)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • Various Tribal Courts
Members of the casino and gaming industry regularly face legal challenges and opportunities, including navigating the regulatory and permitting process; developing new projects; negotiating complex transactions; addressing labor and employment concerns; protecting, enforcing and defending intellectual property; managing tax and real estate issues; and handling potential litigation or disputes with affiliated businesses or patrons. Gaming businesses need counsel who can react quickly, economically and effectively to address virtually any legal situation that arises.

Snell & Wilmer’s gaming law services include representation on substantive legal and regulatory gaming issues on a national basis. Our team understands how to help clients navigate the complex regulatory and legal environments that confront businesses in the gaming industry.

Clients We Serve

Snell & Wilmer’s attorneys have represented casinos and gaming organizations, resorts and recreational businesses, gaming vendors and others doing business on Indian lands, development companies, management firms and financers.

Why Clients Select Us

Breadth and Depth: Our clients benefit from our full-service approach and industry experience. Whether we are involved in the development, purchase, sale, tax or management of gaming operations, our casino and gaming attorneys understand the legal issues that arise and guide our clients to address them proactively and strategically.

Snell & Wilmer traces its origins to 1938, when Mark Wilmer joined Frank L. Snell, Jr., Riney Salmon, and Charles Strouss, who had practiced together since 1934. Mr. Snell frequently recounted the search that led to his partnership with Mr. Wilmer. Because Mr. Snell was “snowed under” by work and needed help, he consulted the three members of Maricopa County’s Superior Court to identify the best trial lawyer in the state. Mr. Snell noted that each judge mentioned Mr. Wilmer, whom he had not yet met.

Both Mr. Snell and Mr. Wilmer recalled their first conversation as a lengthy discussion about their philosophies of the practice of law. The conversation went so well that the two attorneys decided to become partners without working out financial terms. We have been “doing business in Arizona” ever since.

Heidi Staudenmaier of Snell & Wilmer LLP focuses on Native American gaming matters and is held in the highest esteem by peers for her work in this area. She advises both tribes and the businesses carrying out gaming work with tribes.
Chambers Global, 2014