Biography

Ala’a Wafa is Associate Counsel in the Legal Department at Cummins Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and servicing of engines, power generation products, and related components and technology.  She focuses her practice in two areas, Intellectual Property and Labor & Employment.  Within the realm of IP, her responsibilities include trademark prosecution, licensing, counseling, and providing internal IP training. Ala’a also supports the company’s anti-counterfeiting strategy by managing domestic and international anti-counterfeiting efforts and enforcement.  This includes the investigation of and legal action against infringers in markets across the world, including complex, multi-jurisdictional matters involving the manufacture, distribution or sale of counterfeit products. 

Ala’a joined Cummins in 2011 as a Corporate Six Sigma Black Belt, shortly after completing her law school education and joined the Legal Department in 2013.  Prior to attending law school, Ala'a worked as a Staff Assistant, and later Legislative Correspondent, for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold in Washington, D.C.

Education

Ala’a received her law degree from Michigan State University – College of Law (J.D., 2010) with a concentration in International and Comparative Law. During law school, she was a member of the International Law Review.  Ala’a received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S. in Political Science and International Studies, 2005). 

Bar Admissions

Indiana
Illinois

Professional Associations

Indianapolis Bar Association

Honors

William R. Laws Human Rights Award, Human Rights Commission, Columbus, Indiana, 2017
Cummins Chairman’s Award, 2013

Community Engagement

Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Board Member
Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy, class of 201