Meet our Fearless Leader
Jana Weltzin was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ms. Weltzin focuses her legal practice on land use and zoning law, medical marijuana law in Arizona and recreational marijuana business law and regulation compliance in Alaska. Ms. Weltzin provides representation for her cannabis clientele relating to business structure, permitting/licensing, land use applications and hearings, conditional use permits, investment connections and presentation, regulation compliance, real estate commercial leasing and purchases, operations, and general activism for the cannabis industry.
Ms. Weltzin played an invaluable role during the 2015 legislative session through her work with the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, initiative sponsors, and future Alaskan cannabis businesses advocating for and analyzing proposed cannabis related legislation to ensure sustainable success for the industry.
Ms. Weltzin is a regular contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine’s legal section and other various publications.
Brenda Mills Paralegal
Contract Paralegal Consultation work for the JDW team is done by Brenda’s Business Services. Owner Brenda Mills has just received her diploma, with Honors, in Legal Assistant/Paralegal studies. Brenda has a lifetime of customer service experience, having been born and raised in a family owned and operated Carnival business that still continues to thrive to this day. Brenda has raised two amazing sons who live and go to school in Anchorage. She also has experience in food and transport permitting. Her experience in the Hospitality Industry was an amazing steppingstone into the workforce outside of her family’s business, she started as a night housekeeper and received 7 promotions in a year and a half, making her assistant to the General Manager. Brenda’s diverse experience in multi-tasking, managing, permitting events, vendors, and working with local government makes her an invaluable asset to the JDW team.
Aimée Rocush Legal Assistant
Aimée Rocush was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Ms. Rocush joined JDW, LLC in June of 2019 as our new legal assistant. Ms. Rocush received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to making her move up to Alaska, she worked exclusively in the Downtown Luxury Real Estate market in Chicago for 6 years. Aimée’s experience in real estate ranges from property manager to broker; having experienced both sides of the market.
JDW Counsel is an incredible company. Our biggest priority is our clients, and second, the relationship we have with other industry members. Choosing to work with JDW Counsel promises professionalism, knowledge and expertise.