Makana represents clients in a diverse range of litigation matters including assessment appeals, attorney grievance complaints, breach of contract, construction, criminal defense, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, housing, intellectual property, mass tort and product liability, medical device, medical malpractice defense, pharmaceutical, real estate, and employment immigration matters.
Makana previously worked as a public defender at the Bridgeport G.A. 2 Courthouse, representing clients on the motor vehicle and domestic violence docket and providing arraignments. Makana also clerked at the New Haven J.D. Superior Courthouse in civil, family, and criminal court.
Prior to law school, Makana worked at Yale University as the inaugural director of the Dixwell-Yale University Community Learning Center, an education facility which provided after school programs for New Haven area youth and health and wellness programs for adults.
Connecticut Bar Association: Legislative Policy and Review Committee 2021-Present, Pandemic Recovery Future of Technology Task Force 2022-Present
New Haven County Bar Association: Executive Committee 2021-Present
George W. Crawford Black Bar Association: Secretary 2019-2020, President-Elect 2020-2021, President 2021-2022, Advisory Council 2022-Present
Middlesex County Bar Association
New Leader in the Law – ALM Law.com New England Legal Awards, 2023