Professional Biography

Jena A. MacLean Partner



For over 16 years, Jena has focused her practice on helping state and local governments, businesses and community groups navigate the historically and legally complex framework of federal Indian law. Her experience on controversial questions involving aboriginal land claims, treaty disputes, fee-to-trust and gaming eligibility controversies, compact negotiations, tribal acknowledgment, and federal preemption questions enable her to assist clients on a broad range of issues. She consistently helps clients shape strategic responses and develop the strong administrative records necessary to challenge adverse agency decision making. Many of these engagements involve environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA). A former geologist, Jena’s science background assists her in understanding the often-technical issues that arise in the context of federal environmental review processes.

Jena also has extensive litigation experience before agency boards and federal and state trial and appellate courts. Because she advises clients in regulatory proceedings and litigates, she is able to advise clients seamlessly as cases transition from one forum to another.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Native American Law (Nationwide), 2016 - 2017

Professional Leadership

  • Law360's Native American Law Editorial Board

Related Employment

  • Beveridge and Diamond PC, Washington, D.C., Summer Associate, 1999
  • University of Idaho, Department of Soil Science, Moscow ID, Environmental Chemist, 1994 - 1996
  • Idaho Environmental Policy Analysis Group, Moscow, ID, Field Researcher/Analyst, 1995 - 1996
  • Aurtex Inc., Gold Mining Company, Exploration Geologist, 1990 - 1995





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut


  • Princeton University, A.B., 1993
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2001