Jana is a privacy and compliance lawyer. A Texas attorney for more than 20 years, she has always had an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to the practice of law. After beginning her career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John Rainey, Jana moved to Canada to attend a graduate school of theology. After earning a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, she re-entered the legal field by working on behalf of the committee of the unsecured creditors of Enron, which was in ruins due to corporate wrongdoing. For many years thereafter, Jana litigated commercial and bankruptcy-related cases (most involving fraud) for top-tier law firms in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Texas. Jana joined Amy Beckstead to form Beckstead Terry PLLC in 2014.
After litigating cases for many years, Jana now enjoys helping business clients with corporate compliance (i.e., litigation prevention). Jana is particularly focused on laws regarding privacy, data security/breach notifications, anti-corruption and bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and the prevention of slavery in supply chains. She is credentialed as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (US and Europe) (CIPP/US & CIPP/E), a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Jana continues to litigate employment and commercial matters for the firm’s business clients. Jana is admitted to practice in all state, federal and bankruptcy courts in Texas and also has experience before the American Arbitration Association.
Jana has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer for all years between 2015 and 2020. In 2019 and 2020, Austin Monthly designated Jana as a “Top Attorney” in Austin based on peer reviews. Both years she was selected as Top Attorney in the business law category.
Jana is active with the Austin Bar Association and is a board member of Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA’s) – Austin. Jana is a past board member of Texas Women Lawyers and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association (TCWLA). For service to the TCWLA, she received the President’s Award. Jana is a past participant in the Robert Calvert Inn of Court, the Austin Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and Leadership Austin’s “Experience Austin” program.
Jana is heavily involved in the Seton Cove Spirituality Center. She has participated in the Cove’s “Leadership Pilgrimage” and enjoys engaging in contemplative practices with other Austin area professionals, including several lawyers.
Jana grew up in Dallas, Texas and West Des Moines, Iowa. She attended Texas A&M University, graduating summa cum laude. She then attended The University of Chicago Law School, where she graduated with honors and was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review. Jana earned the Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Regent College, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vcard | Bio