Jana Simmons Joins Wilson Elser’s Michigan Office; Attorney Adds Breadth and Depth to Firm’s Experience in Tribal Law

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National law firm Wilson Elser announced today that Jana Simmons joined the firm’s Michigan office as of counsel. Formerly a partner with Foley & Mansfield, Simmons focuses her practice on federal Indian law, tribal law, Native Hawaiian Organizations and complex civil litigation.

Jana Simmons joins Wilson Elser's Michigan office.

Jana is renowned in this region for her understanding of issues and matters related to Indian tribes, and she has built a formidable practice in general complex civil litigation.

National law firm Wilson Elser announced today that Jana Simmons joined the firm’s Michigan office as of counsel.

Formerly a partner with Foley & Mansfield, Simmons focuses her practice on federal Indian law, tribal law, Native Hawaiian Organizations and complex civil litigation.

Licensed to practice in several tribal courts, Simmons assists tribal governments and indigenous organizations, their members and their communities with matters including gaming and non-gaming economic development, membership disputes, constitutions, ordinances and regulations, and federal Indian law. Her efforts have established case precedent on important governmental issues within the area of tribal law.

“We are thrilled to add Jana to our Michigan attorney roster, now numbering 10,” said John Eads, regional managing partner of the office. “She is renowned in this region for her understanding of issues and matters related to Indian tribes, and she has built a formidable practice in general complex civil litigation. The Wilson Elser attorneys peppered throughout our 30 offices who handle cases in tribal law, as well as their clients, will benefit tremendously from Jana’s insight and good counsel in this area.”

Regarded as a thought leader, Simmons has been featured in the Detroit Legal News and its affiliate publications on her practice in American Indian Law and issues affecting Michigan tribes. She also was invited to co-author “Navigating Tribal Membership Enrollment Issues” for Thomson Reuters’s Inside the Minds Series on Emerging Issues in Tribal-State Relations. Her work regularly is cited as authority by litigants in various tribal courts.

Simmons obtained her B.A. degree from Northern Michigan University, Marquette (1993) and her J.D. degree from Roger Williams University School of Law (1998), where she received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award Appellate Brief and was president and founding member of the Gaming Law Society. She currently is working on her master of jurisprudence in Indian Law (MJIL) at the University of Tulsa College of Law.

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