Jana is a nationally recognized family law practitioner who serves as a compassionate advocate for clients and their children. Knowledgeable and responsive, she is committed to understanding her clients’ needs and working with them to achieve positive outcomes. Jana strives to resolve matters outside the courtroom to minimize distress and disruption, but when the parties cannot reach a consensus, she is fully prepared to represent her clients’ interests at trial.

Jana believes that every client deserves dedicated, competent guidance throughout their family court proceeding, culminating in a conclusion that prepares her clients to confidently move forward.

Jana provides effective counsel in all areas of family law, including:

  • Complex property valuation and division
  • Child support and child support modification
  • Spousal maintenance and modification
  • Complex nonmarital tracing
  • Asset and income management
  • Parenting agreements and paternity
  • Custody settlement and litigation
  • Stepparent adoption
  • Premarital, postmarital, and cohabitation agreements
  • Settlements
  • Post-decree matters
  • Appeals, trial, and motion practice
  • Mediation, arbitration, and evaluative processes representation
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) neutral

In addition, Jana is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, available to offer families ADR services such as family law mediation and financial early neutral evaluations.

Jana also serves on Moss & Barnett’s board of directors and as chair of M&B Cares, the firm’s community outreach and philanthropic committee.

Representative Cases

  • Moon v. Moon, A16-0173 (Minn. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Nelson v. Nelson, No. A15-2024 (Minn. Ct. App. 2016)
  • Lauderdale v. Lauderdale, No. A14-0864 (Minn. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Hill v. Hill, No. A14-1752 (Minn. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Brooks v. Brooks, No. A12-0553 (Minn. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Ellingson v. Ellingson, No. A09-1709 (Minn. Ct. App. 2010)
  • Melius v. Melius, 765 N.W.2d 411 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Ellingson v. Ellingson, No. A06-1522, No. A06-1221 (Minn. Ct. App. 2007)



University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D.; with distinction; symposium editor, University of North Dakota Law Review

University of North Dakota, B.A.; magna cum laude; Phi Alpha Theta


  • Family Law Mediation Certified Training – Mediation Center 2015
  • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota Rules of Practice


  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Honors & Recognitions

Professionalism Award, Hennepin County Bar Association Family Law Section (2022)

The Best Lawyers in America (2014-present)

“Top 50 Women” and “Top 100,” Minnesota Super Lawyers (2018-present)

Minnesota Super Lawyers (2010-present)

Minnesota Rising Stars (2005-2009)

News & Insights


Speaking Engagements




Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Minnesota Chapter – President (2016-2018), Minnesota chapter president-elect (2015-2016)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, GIVING WoMN
  • Chairperson, Dignity and Empowerment Committee, Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights (2012)