Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday the hiring of an out-of-state law firm to represent him in his ongoing dispute with Native American tribes over casino gambling.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday the hiring of an out-of-state law firm to represent him in his ongoing dispute with Native American tribes over casino gambling.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday the hiring of an out-of-state law firm to represent him in his ongoing dispute with Native American tribes over casino gambling. Stitt hired Seattle-based Perkins Coie to advise his office in his attempt to renegotiate the state’s gaming compacts with the tribes. The contract, signed last month by Stitt’s general counsel, Mark Burget, is for legal services up to $300,000 and authorizes attorney fees of up to $750 per hour. Stitt spokeswoman Donelle Harder said it’s not uncommon for states to retain outside counsel in “complex disputes or specialized areas.” She said Perkins Coie attorneys recently worked on gaming compacts in New Mexico.