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Nana has extensive appellate court experience, and has handled many significant appeals, including G&N Aircraft v. Boehn, Ammerman v. Ford and Meyer v. Shell, to name a few. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to represent both individuals and corporations in appeals that have helped to shape Indiana law on a variety of subjects, including punitive damages, medical malpractice, statute of limitations, minority shareholders rights and derivative actions, products liability, negligence, class actions and various procedural topics. Nana also served as chair of the Oversite Committee of the Appellate Section of the Indiana State Bar Association that formulated the New Indiana Appellate Rules that were approved by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • First female lawyer in Indiana admitted to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2008-2018, in the field of Appellate Practice
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® in the Appellate field, 2005-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
  • Recognized as The Best Lawyers in America® Indianapolis Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • Indianapolis Business Journal’s Top Appellate Lawyers, 2007-2012
  • Indianapolis Business Journal’s Top 25 Female Lawyers, 2007
  • ISBA Appellate Section David Hamacher Award, 2007

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Phi Delta Phi

Former Employment

  • Legal Intern, IBM, Armonk, New York, 1986
  • Assistant Manager, Steak n Shake, 1982-1983

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Council Member, ISBA Appellate Section, 1996-present
  • Chair, ISBA Appellate Section, 1998-1999
  • Member, Indiana Bar Foundation, 2002-present
  • President, Dayspring Center Inc., 2004-2007
  • GHPOA Board, Masthead Property Owners Association, 1988-1990

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Vestry Member, Church of Nativity, 1997-1999
  • Senior Warden, Church of Nativity, 1999
  • Chair of Memorial Garden Committee, Church of Nativity, 2004-present
  • Member of Handbell Choir, Church of Nativity, 1994-2010
  • Pianist, Lantern Road Elementary School Choir, 2006-2011

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • Editor of the Appellate Advocate, the Newsletter for the ISBA Appellate Section, 1998 to 2010
  • "Assistance to Elderly and Incompetent Parishioners," Chapter 11 to Parishioner’s Handbook, a legal guide for the clergy
  • "Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions," co-authored article for ICLEF seminar, January 1990
  • "The Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress: A Critical Analysis of Various Approaches to the Tort in Light of Ochoa v. Superior Court," Indiana Law Review, Volume 19, No. 3, 1986, at pg. 809
  • "Post Trial Motions and the Notice of Appeal: Avoiding the Trap for the Unwary," ABA Appellate Practice Journal; "Appellate Practice & Procedure From the Perspective of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," ABA Appellate
  • Practice Journal; "What You Should Consider and What You Should Prepare Before Taking an Appeal," 1988, 1991, 2011 
  • Various SCLEF articles on appellate practice and procedure, 1992-present

News

Events

Presentations

  • Women in Law Conferences, "Effective Legal Writing" with the Honorable Mattingly-May, 2001; "Ethical Issues in Serving the Fragile Client," 2000
  • ICLEF, Appellate Seminar, "Creating a Good Record," 2000
  • ICLEF, Appellate Skills Institute on Appellate Brief Writing, 1997
  • ICLEF, Appellate Practice Seminar, Record Preparation, 1996
  • ICLEF, Seminar on Appellate Practice, "Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Part IV," 1993
  • ICLEF, Night Series Workshops on Appellate Practice, "Nuts & Bolts," 1993
  • ICLEF, Appellate seminars on various appellate practice topics, 1998-present

Services

Butler University, B.S., Business Administration, cum laude
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1987

  • Indiana, 1987
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