Jacobson Magnuson Anderson & Halloran proudly announces that Susan L. Allen has been named a shareholder of the Firm. Susan joined the firm in 2013, bringing substantial experience representing tribal governments, gaming enterprises and tribal business entities on a full range of matters, including tribal and corporate governance, commercial transactions, contracts, and tax issues. Susan is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Susan has a comprehensive background in transactional work. Over the years, she has handled numerous business and corporation matters for tribes, including structuring and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, management transactions, construction agreements, business formation, economic development, tax planning, and many other business matters. Susan regularly advises tribes on the scope of state taxing authority and tribal tax immunity. She also represents and trains tribal tax commissions regarding the development and administration of tax codes and has significant knowledge regarding negotiation of tribal-state tax agreements. In addition, Susan has a Masters in tax law and is very familiar with federal tax laws applicable to tribal activities, including such matters as deferred compensation, tribal business structure, and tax exemptions.
Shawn Frank, Managing Shareholder of the Firm stated that “We have known and admired Susan for years and were excited and pleased when she joined our Firm in 2013. To have her as a fellow Shareholder is simply wonderful.”
Susan is the first American Indian women to be elected to the Minnesota Legislature and served there from 2012 - 2018. She has also served as a judge in Children’s Court of the Prairie Island Indian Community and as an appellate judge for the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Susan is also an active board director of various community organizations, including the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, ICWA Law Center, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Indian Neighborhood Club on Alcohol and Drugs, and Native American Community Development Institute. She is also a member of the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association. In addition, Susan speaks regularly at lawyer’s seminars on tax issues.