Professional Biography

Jena A. MacLean Partner



Jena MacLean leads Perkins Coie’s Native American Law & Policy practice, which advises clients on issues relating to Indian tribes, Alaska Native corporations and villages, and tribal lands. Her practice focuses on the fee-to-trust process, tribal gaming approvals, compact negotiations, and infrastructure, natural resource, and economic development projects on tribal lands. An experienced litigator, Jena handles complex civil litigation involving the scope of tribal sovereign immunity and treaty rights, gaming disputes, fire claims and other torts, and federal preemption questions. She also handles cases arising under the Administrative Procedure Act, including challenging federal regulations and federal agency decisions.

Jena has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, numerous federal appellate and trial courts, and state courts. She also provides clients regulatory counseling on matters pending before the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (COE), and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

With experience in a wide range of environmental and Indian laws, including the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA), Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), National Indian Forest Resources Management Act (NIFRMA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and Endangered Species Act (ESA), Jena has a proven track record of effectively helping clients navigate complex challenges involving Indian tribes and tribal lands.

Ranked by Chambers USA Eight Years in a Row

Native American Law (Nationwide)

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA as "America's Leading Lawyer" for Native American Law (Nationwide), 2016 – 2023
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Native American Law, 2020 – 2023

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





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


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