Bill Cornelius

William Cornelius

William Cornelius, Tribal services advisor with Baker Tilly, is a licensed attorney who works with numerous Tribes. He works with Tribes on renewable energy, economic development and gaming regulatory issues. He provides coordination with feasibility analyses, due diligence, financial structuring and modeling and contract negotiation.

  • Develops feasibility analyses, power purchase agreements, permitting and financing structures for renewable energy development on Indian lands
  • Advises clients on commercial real estate development and leases on Indian lands
  • Creates business structures that best serve Indian Tribes, including Section 17 chartered corporations, tribally charted corporations and state charted corporations
  • Specializes in tax benefits on Indian reservations, including Accelerated Depreciation, New Market Tax Credits, 1603 grants, Indian Employment Credit, HUB Zone and Free Trade Zone
  • Represents Tribal gaming commissions on internal gaming regulatory issues, including drafting Tribal ordinances and Tribal internal control standards, licensing, hearings and audit responsibilities
  • Represents Tribal gaming commissions with external state and federal regulatory issues, such as National Indian Gaming Commission regulatory compliance, state/Tribal compact compliance, federal and state consultation hearings and external audits
  • Provides legal analyses, feasibility, structures and regulatory schemes for internet gaming
  • Minority business enterprise and government contracting
  • State Bar of Wisconsin and State Bar of New Mexico
  • National speaker on various topics involving renewable energy, Tribal economic development and internet gaming
  • Trainer at National Indian Gaming Association's Gaming Commissioner Certification Series


Madison, WI


Juris Doctorate
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Bachelor of Science in secondary education
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

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