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Jana Cohen Barbe, partner and member of the board, Dentons.

Jana Cohen Barbe Is widely recognized as one of the most influential and highly regarded women in real estate law. For more than 20 years, she has built a marquee practice advising many of the nation's leading financial institutions and insurance companies in connection with affordable housing and community development investments. Barbe is known throughout the industry for her deep understanding of the low-income housing tax credit market, a practice in a highly complex area of law that also furthers the social good.

For more than a decade. Barbe served as chair of Dentons' Real Estate Practice as well as the firm's Global Financial Institutions and Funds Sector--one of the largest and strongest practice areas of the firm. She has been the top woman rainmaker at Dentons for the past several years, as well as the top real estate rainmaker in Chicago and throughout the United States.

In 2013, Barbe shepherded Dentons' preeminent team of tax credit lawyers through more than $1 billion In tax credit equity investments on behalf of clients around the country.

As the only woman member of the Dentons' Global Board of Directors, Barbe is one of only a handful of women in the legal profession to assume a top leadership role. And her success while on a flexible schedule has paved a path for other women at Dentons. Under her leadership and guidance as the chair of the Real Estate Practice, many successful women on her team telecommuted and managed flexible schedules.

Drawing on her own experiences as a woman lawyer. Barbe helped launch and is active in Dentons' U.S. Women's Leadership and Growth Network, an initiative to attract, develop and inspire women business leaders through mentoring, training and networking. Recently, Barbe was named to the Midwest Real Estate News Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. She is consistently selected one of the "Top 500 Dealmakers in America" by Lawdragon and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America.

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Date:Sep 1, 2014
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