jana barbe


Jana’s groundbreaking career is filled with “firsts” and “onlys.” A senior partner at Dentons, she was the first woman appointed to the Dentons’ Global Board and served (as the only woman) during the first six years of its astonishing transformation from a mid-size domestic law firm to the largest law firm in the world, now with more than 10,000 lawyers in 78 countries. She was also Dentons’ first Global Vice Chair appointed from the United States region. At Dentons, Jana represents many of the world’s leading financial institutions and insurance companies in connection with their affordable housing and community development investments. Jana serves on the board of directors of Invitation Homes, Inc. (NYSE: INVH), the nation’s largest single-family home rental company, operating 80,000 homes across 17 markets. In addition to being a real estate lawyer and a public company director, Jana is an entrepreneur. As CEO of Lexington, Kentucky–based Henley Farms, Inc., her family's thoroughbred-breeding business, she oversees bloodstock, investments and sales. Jana is also an impassioned advocate for women, sitting on the advisory board of Catalyst, Inc., and serving as a member of The Chicago Network, both nonprofits committed to advancing gender equality. She is equally committed to serving her community. Jana is a past chair of the board of Thresholds, Illinois' oldest and largest provider of supportive services and housing for individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Jana is a graduate of The University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University. She is the mother of two grown daughters and lives in Chicago and Kentucky with her husband, three dogs, four barn cats and too many horses.
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Overcoming Lawyer Burnout//

An Open Letter to the Legal Profession

by jana barbe

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