Trent Shores, a former United States Attorney, is a shareholder in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals where he advises clients regarding complex litigation, Native American law and policy, cybersecurity, and high stakes government and corporate investigations. He represents clients in state, federal, and tribal courts at all stages in the litigation process, including at trial and on appeal.
Prior to joining the Firm, Trent spent nearly 18 years in public service at the United States Department of Justice, most recently as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Trent was nationally recognized for his efforts to develop and implement strategic responses to Native American policy, violent crime, the opioid epidemic, and economic espionage and trade secret theft; and his work has been featured in national media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Real Clear Politics, and the Associated Press.
As the chief federal law enforcement officer in Northern Oklahoma, he was responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in his district, an area covering 11 counties with a total population of more than one million people, including 13 federally recognized Indian tribes. Trent, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, served as Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee charged with developing and guiding national policy for Indian Country justice and related matters. In that capacity, he established a national initiative to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous persons and led a presidential task force investigating the Indian Health Service. He also served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee where he represented all U.S. Attorneys in the Tenth Circuit and provided counsel and advice on national policy matters and the operations of the Justice Department.
Throughout his career, including during his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Trent personally tried complex cases in federal district court and argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has also testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and United States Sentencing Commission.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Trent served as a National Security Cyber Specialist, a role in which he worked closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force to investigate and prosecute cybercrime linked to international organized crime, complex white collar conspiracies, and domestic terrorism. He also previously worked as the Tribal Liaison for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, ensuring the Justice Department upheld its federal trust responsibility to federally recognized tribes and leading investigations into public corruption, embezzlement from tribal gaming operations, and a variety of violent crime violations. He has also represented the United States at the United Nations and Organization of American States arguing for the recognition of basic human rights for indigenous peoples worldwide.