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WLD Member of the Month: Jenai Brackett, Frost Brown Todd LLC - Women and the Law News

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Posted on: Apr 28, 2021

Can you tell us about your practice? 
I’m a business litigator who also handles white collar criminal matters and internal investigations. In my business litigation practice, I represent companies and individuals in complex business disputes involving contract interpretation and breach, health care, ERISA, business torts and unfair competition claims. I also represent companies and cities/towns/municipalities in eminent domain matters. In my white collar practice, I represent individuals and corporate clients subject to federal and state criminal and civil investigation proceedings in matters involving healthcare fraud and kickbacks, regulatory compliance, public corruption, financial crimes, securities fraud and cybersecurity data breaches.

Where are you from? 
My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was three years old. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Indianapolis in 2008.

What leadership roles do you hold in the firm and outside of the firm? 
At Frost Brown Todd, I have been a member of our Recruiting Committee for the past five years, and previously served 5 years on our Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Outside of the firm, I serve as a Board Member of Coburn Place and as the Secretary of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA). I am also an At Large Member of  the Litigation Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

What leadership programs or leadership positions have been most impactful to your personal and professional growth? 
In 2016-2017, I participated in the IBA’s Bar Leader Series where I developed strong relationships with my fellow class and developed my leadership style and skills. I found the program rewarding, and was inspired by hearing from all the impressive community leaders. Currently, I am a 2021 Fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) Fellows Program, and am excited to focus on my professional and personal development alongside other diverse attorneys around the country.

What do you like to do outside of work? 
Outside of work, I love traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my toddler.

What are your favorite things about Indianapolis?
I love the quality of life and livability of Indianapolis. We live downtown on the Canal and everything is so close. My husband and I both work downtown, a mile away from our house, and our daughter goes to daycare half a mile away. We live right across from the Colts Canal Playspace where our daughter plays on the playground when it’s warm outside, and sleds down the hill when it’s snowing. We can easily walk to Mass Ave for brunch or dinner, or drive 20 minutes to the Indianapolis International Airport for a direct flight somewhere new. Fingers crossed the direct flight to Paris opens up soon!

This year the WLD’s focus is diversity, equity and inclusion. Can you tell us about your experience as a female litigator?
I have spent the majority of my career at Frost Brown Todd, and am very fortunate to have learned from, and alongside, a number of strong female litigators. However, when it comes to my white collar work, although I have an amazing male mentor, there are not many women who practice in the area. I have found support and camaraderie  through the Indianapolis chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association.

What does diversity, equity and inclusion mean to you? 
To me, it is about equity of opportunity. Having a voice, and being given the opportunity to use your voice. Having a path forward to achieve success with the necessary support, and being given the opportunity for professional development and advancement. No matter who you are.

How has being a new mom impacted your practice? What’s your best piece of advice for attorneys with young families? 
Becoming a mother has been so fulfilling and rewarding, but it is challenging learning how to balance. My best piece of advice is to give yourself grace and let go of the mom guilt. Also, do not think you have to separate your work from your children. Sometimes I have to work late or on weekends, and buying my daughter her own toy laptop has helped me still feel connected to her because now she “works” next to me.

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