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John A. Maier

Phone: (510) 835-3020

Attorney John Maier is a founding partner of Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP, where he serves as general and special counsel to Native American tribes on a broad range of issues affecting Indian country. John’s practice includes work on Indian gaming and other forms of business and economic development, tribal laws and policies, dispute resolution, and other matters of tribal self-governance. His representation of tribal clients before federal, state, and local agencies, forums, and courts has resulted in the successful negotiation of numerous tribal-state compacts and intergovernmental agreements, as well as the acquisition of hundreds of acres of new land into trust on behalf of tribes for gaming and other purposes.

John received his J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a law student, he clerked for the Honorable Judge Lawrence Karlton, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. He also worked as a summer intern and then later served as a staff attorney for nine years at California Indian Legal Services. Prior to attending law school, John worked as the executive director of the Tibet Justice Center, focusing on a peoples’ right to self-determination and other fundamental human rights, and as a management executive in the computer industry.


  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 1980

Bar Admissions

  • California