a tenacious advocate for justice



Dana Nessel is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School. She is the President of the Fair Michigan Foundation, where Dana runs a first-of-its-kind anti-hate crime task force. Dana has served as an assistant prosecutor, a civil rights attorney, and a defender of indigent defendants.

Dana began her legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. For over a decade, Dana was assigned to a number of elite units within the office and handled some of Wayne County’s most difficult cases.

Dana has received numerous awards for her civil rights initiatives, including the “Champion of Justice” award from the Michigan State Bar Association, “Woman of the Year” from Michigan Lawyers Weekly and the “Treasure of Detroit” award from Wayne State University Law school. Dana lives in southeast Michigan with her wife, Alanna Maguire, their twin sons, Alex and Zach, along with various cats.