Joseph V. Messineo

1404 Fort Crook Road South
Bellevue, NE 68005


Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.A., 1994), Juris Doctor, Creighton University School of Law (J.D., 2000)


Arizona State Bar Association; Nebraska State Bar Association; Iowa State Bar Association; Federal Court of Claims; U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona; U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.; Winnebago Tribal Court; Kickapoo Tribal Court; Ponca Tribal Court


Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona: enforced provisions of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement and tobacco statutes/regulations, also represented the Arizona Department of Real Estate in licensure matters (2004-2006); private practice: employment discrimination and personal injury litigation, criminal defense, workers compensation law (2000-2004).


CALI Award for Excellence in Contracts I, Trusts and Estates I and Criminal Procedure; Finalist in Creighton Law School Domestic Moot Court Competition (1998); Dean’s list.


Mr. Messineo has tried dozens of cases in tribal courts of numerous different tribes. He has also handled matters in state and federal court regarding complex issues of government regulations and limits on state jurisdiction over tribal matters and tribal sovereign immunity from unconsented lawsuits. This includes appellate work in tribal, state and federal courts.

He has a wealth of experience in tribal housing operations, including day-to-day housing concerns, and evictions. He has assisted boards of commissioners and executive directors in policy changes and implementation related to housing matters. He also has extensive litigation experience concerning matters of tribal sovereign immunity.

Mr. Messineo has extensive code revision and drafting experience. He has drafted landlord-tenant codes for the Firm’s tribal housing clients. He has drafted excise tax codes and complex workers compensation codes. He also has a significant amount of experience working on taxation matters, including payment in lieu of taxes agreements for housing entities. Mr. Messineo has experience in negotiating and settlement of housing and employment law related issues and extensive experience in administrative law and state-tribal relations.

Mr. Messineo has extensive experience in state and federal court defending tribal governments, tribal and, tribal member owned businesses from state regulatory overreach. He has an excellent understanding of how state regulators think and operate from his two and a half years as an assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona. During that time he enforced state tobacco laws and became very familiar with the interplay of state regulation and taxation.