Meet Shauna Coons
Position: Managing Attorney
Practice Areas: Real Estate Law, Native American Law, Business Law
Bar Admissions: Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota, Ho-Chunk Nation
Experience: Over 12 Years
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Shauna is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Her strong community ties inspired a career dedicated to real estate, business and governance matters and a variety of tribal and federal Indian law issues. Shauna is particularly passionate about economic development projects that support community revitalization. Most recently, she secured a historic reservation proclamation that added over 2,000 acres to the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation.
Shauna received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She felt called to help those in her community, and went on to serve as a social worker handling Indian Child welfare cases for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. After discovering the multitude of ways she could positively impact her tribe through litigation, Shauna decided to pursue a law degree and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in 2007.
Notably, Shauna served as Deputy Solicitor General for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe from 2009 into 2013. As Deputy Solicitor General, Shauna handled litigation matters in a number of different substantive areas including housing, loan defaults, and child protection proceedings. She also worked closely with the Commissioner of Community Development on community planning initiatives. Shauna took on an associate position at Best & Flanagan, where her practice focused on real estate, financing, economic development, and governance issues, and later practiced at Hogen Adams PLLC, a boutique Indian law firm, from 2016 to 2019. It is Shauna’s commitment to her tribe that led her to establish her own firm with a focus on nurturing the ongoing development within the tribal community.
Family and Community Engagement
She is active in the Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, served as a co-chair of the National Indian Law Conference in 2017 and is a member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. Shauna lives with her husband and two children. Shauna’s husband, Dennis Olson, Jr, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, also works in the Indian community and the family frequently discusses Indian law and policy issues at home and at their children’s schools. Both Shauna and her husband have families that are well-respected leaders within the community. Shauna wishes to continue that legacy, and provide leadership and legal advice that will help tribal members and their businesses thrive. Shauna is proud of her Indian heritage and community, and is dedicated to the growth and development of tribal infrastructure.