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Of Counsel Jana Simmons Named among Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Law

November 4, 2019

Jana Simmons (Of Counsel-Michigan) was recently honored as one of Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Law. Drawing on a solid base of related experience, Jana launched Wilson Elser’s Native Nations practice in 2016, and recently earned a Masters of Jurisprudence in Federal Indian Law from University of Tulsa College of Law. Among her work in Indian Country, Jana assists tribal governments by creating and consulting on ordinances and regulations, advising on internal governance and external government-to-government regulations, conducting independent investigations involving internal employment-related complaints, and preparing advisory opinions to protect tribal governments and businesses.

Jana is chair of the Disciplinary Subcommittee for the State Board of Counseling, a member of the Federal Indian Law advisory board for Law360, advisory board member of the Native American Cannabis Association and founder of the Native Nations Law Task Force at DRI, a membership organization for defense attorneys and in-house counsel.

While an accomplished attorney with a large and loyal cadre of clients, Jana also is considered a role model, especially among aspiring women associates. Her integrity, fairness and unfailing work ethic, “intangibles” on which Wilson Elser places the highest premium, are consistently on display at our firm and within the broader legal and business communities.

According to Crain’s, “You want these women on your side. They’ve set legal precedents, relentlessly pursued justice and won big cases for their clients − all while mentoring the next wave of women in law and finding ways to give back.”


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