Janeen was born on June 12, 1982 in Grosse Point, Michigan. Her family later moved to a small farm town in Southern Michigan called Onsted. Growing up in a town where the population was less than 1,000 people, Janeen learned the value of relationships. Her family has always been her guiding force, teaching her from an early age about the importance of working hard, being kind and always lending a hand. Janeen knew when she was 10 that she wanted to be a lawyer. In fifth grade, her teacher asked the class to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up and Janeen drew a courtroom scene where she was a lawyer cross-examining a witness on the stand. She attended a private college in Indiana where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Soon after graduation, Janeen made her way to the new Bold City of the South to attend law school at Florida Coastal School of Law. She earned a spot on the mock trial team and fell in love with advocating in the courtroom. She spent many hours working on competition preparation knowing how much that hard work would pay off down the road. In her 3L year, her mock trial team placed second in a National Competition and lost first place by just one point.
Following law school graduation, Janeen began her career as a prosecutor in Jacksonville. She quickly worked her way up the ladder and tried her first homicide trial at age 27, just two years into the job. She spent more than nine years as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office and tried 100 jury trials. Janeen’s experience as a trial attorney and her devotion to helping people make her fearless in the courtroom.
Trial work is not Janeen’s only passion; she is also an avid runner. She has traveled all over the country to run marathons and half marathons, calling these trips her runcations. She and her husband, Jeremy, crossed paths for the first time in March of 2012 running over the Main Street Bridge, and they’ve been running together ever since. Janeen and Jeremy also enjoy spending time with their sweet and adorable 4-year-old Boxer, Oglethorpe.