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.
- Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Native American Law (Nationwide), 2016 - 2017
- Law360's Native American Law Editorial Board
- 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