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Jana focuses her practice on the defense of civil litigation and federal practice, particularly in areas of medical malpractice, employment and labor litigation and counseling, civil rights litigation/Section 1983/school law, healthcare, and insurance coverage.
Jana represents healthcare professionals, including physicians, surgeons, mental health professionals, nurses, long-term caregivers, nursing home caregivers, physician's assistants and administrators, in medical malpractice litigation. She also provides deposition assistance for treating healthcare professionals. As part of her healthcare practice, Jana represents medical groups, healthcare systems and hospitals on various business and legal matters including lien adjudication matters, medical bill collection, employment and administrative matters and compliance issues.
In the employment and labor law areas, Jana advises businesses and human resource professionals on compliance with federal and state employment laws, including anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act and wage laws. She assists with anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for employees; preparation of employment policies, manuals, forms and severance agreements; and enforcing non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. Jana also represents employers in federal and state court litigation and in agency matters, including those pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and other agencies.
Jana defends prison and jail healthcare professionals, sheriffs, correctional and police officers who are sued by detainees and prisoners pursuant to Section 1983, including in the context of deliberate indifference, excessive force, due process and false arrest claims. She also counsels businesses, correctional vendors, government entities and school districts on state and federal civil rights laws and represents their interests in federal and state court and in agency proceedings, including the Office of Civil Rights, in the context of claims filed pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other civil rights statutes, regulations and constitutional provisions.
Jana has represented insurance companies with various types of insurance coverage disputes, including primary and excess coverage, homeowners insurance, auto liability, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, bad-faith coverage, first-party property claims, declaratory judgments, and policy interpretations.
Jana joined the firm's Rockford office following graduation from law school in 2003 and became a partner in 2012. She received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Northern Illinois University College of Law and a B.A., summa cum laude, from McKendree College. She was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2012-2017). Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or less, earn this designation.