Originally from Federal Way, Janelle Chase Fazio moved to California where she received her undergrad degree magna cum laude in English and Spanish from Mills College. After teaching high school Spanish for a year, she returned to teach in the Pacific Northwest and, ultimately, to attend the University of Washington School of Law.
Janelle has always been driven by a desire to help people solve difficult problems. Like many people, she went to law school determined to change the world. She now focuses on changing the lives of her clients, one case at a time. Janelle focuses her practice at GTH on civil rights, employment law, consumer protection, and personal injury, and has published articles and presented CLEs on these topics.
Fluent in Spanish, Janelle is a certified interpreter and donates her services in that capacity to help people navigate the legal and social-services system. She has worked for the Innocence Project Northwest, an organization dedicated to exonerating falsely convicted prisoners. She has also volunteered at the Northwest Detention Center helping detainees complete paperwork for amnesty proceedings, and at the Immigrant Family Rights Project where she worked to secure U-Visas for immigrant women who have been victims of domestic violence in their home countries.
Janelle is married to a college basketball coach and together they have two black cats, a German Shepherd, and twenty-one nieces and nephews. When she’s not working, Janelle enjoys salsa dancing, reading sci-fi/fantasy and historical fiction novels in her indoor hammock, and hosting impromptu dance parties with all those nieces and nephews.