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Nelson Mullins' Brandee Kowalzyk Appointed to
Tribal Appellate Court

ATLANTA (May 16, 2017)–Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Atlanta partner Brandee J. Kowalzyk, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa, has been appointed to serve as a judge on the Band's Court of Appeals. As an appellate court judge, she will hear and decide appeals from the tribe's trial court, which presides over traffic violations, general civil matters, small claims, probate, contract disputes, and violations of conservation codes, among other matters.

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve in this new role," she said. "It's a unique opportunity to use my legal experience in a way that can hopefully have a positive impact on the tribal members."

The Fond du Lac Band is one of six Chippewa Indian Bands in the state of Minnesota and includes 4,200 members. The Chippewa Nation is the fourth largest ethnic group of American Indians in the United States. The Fond du Lac Band is a discrete group in Northeastern Minnesota, approximately 20 miles from Duluth.

Ms. Kowalzyk's practice at Nelson Mullins includes representing clients in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device defense, commercial litigation, aviation, and product liability. She represents product manufacturer defendants against allegations of product defect and/or contract disputes and represents clients in nationwide litigation involving prescription and implantable medical devices. She is a frequent speaker at national legal conferences and to members of legal associations on topics related to pharmaceutical and medical device defense, products liability, and general civil litigation topics.

Her community service includes serving as a member of the board of directors for the Gold Shield Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing financial and other support to the families of police officers and firefighters who are injured or killed in the line of duty. She also heads the Atlanta office’s implementation of the Wills for Heroes program, a project that provides complimentary wills for emergency first response personnel throughout the United States. She also is a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgia State University College of Law Center for Law, Health & Society.  

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