Professional Experience: Jahna Lindemuth helps clients solve complex legal issues in all forums, whether through negotiation, litigation, or by advocating for administrative or legislative policy changes. Her experience as a top trial lawyer, appellate advocate, and Alaska’s Attorney General informs her strategic advice to help resolve thorny legal issues in today’s challenging business and political environments. Jahna brings creativity and sound judgment to any legal issue.
Jahna served as Alaska’s Attorney General under Governor Bill Walker from August 2016 to December 2018. In addition to representing the state on all legal matters during her tenure and leading the state’s public safety initiatives, Jahna served on the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) executive board and the Conference of Western States Attorneys General (CWAG) executive board. She also co-chaired the NAAG Marijuana Working Group and the NAAG Federalism Committee. As a non-partisan state AG, she developed strong relationships with both Republican and Democrat AGs. As state attorneys general undertake more investigations and bring more litigation, Jahna helps clients navigate consumer protection, data privacy and other policy issues nationwide.
Jahna is also an experienced trial attorney. Before serving as Attorney General, Jahna was in private practice for eighteen years at an international law firm, representing clients in complex commercial disputes and serving as the Anchorage office’s managing partner for eight years. Handling many different types of commercial cases, she has significant expertise in unfair trade/consumer protection cases, securities litigation and advice to Alaska Native corporations, corporate governance, fraud and fiduciary duty issues, as well as oil and gas issues. She has also handled more than twenty appellate cases before the Alaska Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court.
Jahna has a strong commitment to public service and commits significant time to pro bono legal matters. In addition to regularly working with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Jahna worked with the Alaska Innocence Project in 2015 to exonerate the Fairbanks Four— George Frese, Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent and Kevin Pease—who had been wrongfully convicted in the 1997 murder of John Hartman.
Jahna clerked for Justice Robert Eastaugh on the Alaska Supreme Court in 1997-98.
- City of Kenai v. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, LLC, 373 P.3d 473 (Alaska 2016).Represented Cook Inlet Region, Inc. in a dispute over ownership of gas storage reservoir. Achieved summary judgment at trial court level, and successfully had decision affirmed on appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.
- Merdes & Merdes, P.C. v. Leisnoi, Inc., 410 P.3d 398 (Alaska 2017). Represented village corporation in bench trial on fraud and unfair trade practice act claims against former attorney; $2.1 million judgment affirmed on appeal.
- Alaska Interstate Construction, et al. v. Pacific Diversified Investments, Inc., 279 P.3d 1156 (Alaska 2012). Represented Cook Inlet Region, Inc. in pursuing fraud and unfair trade practice act claims against former business partner through trial and appeal. Verdict for $21.5 million achieved on appeal.
- Monzingo v. Alaska Air Group, 112 P.3d 655 (Alaska 2005). Achieved summary judgment in class action challenge to ability of airline to change mileage plan; affirmed on appeal.
- Successfully represented major oil company in multiple confidential arbitrations on royalty, operating agreement and other contractual disputes.
- Successfully represented numerous attorneys insured by Attorney Liability Protection Society (ALPS) against malpractice claims.
AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell; Top Ten Alaska Attorney by Super Lawyers, 2013-2015; Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation 2013-2015; Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation, 2012-2015; Tier One rated by Chambers USA in 2015-2016; Partner of the Year at Dorsey & Whitney, 2012.
- Complex Commercial Litigation and Appeals
- Consumer Protection
- Corporate Governance and Fiduciary Duty Issues
- Government Investigations
- Natural Resources and Administrative Law
- Strategic Counsel and Governmental Affairs
Admitted to Practice
- District of Alaska
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court
- United States Supreme Court
- Bachelor of Arts: Drew University, 1991, summa cum laude
- Juris Doctor: University of California, Berkeley, 1997, Order of the Coif