Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Tax Advice & Controversy, Planning for High Net Worth Families with Closely Held Business, Non-Profit Law
With more than 30 years of legal experience, Janet offers a uniquely international and deep understanding of all areas of estate planning, with emphasis on complex tax issues, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, international tax, non-profits and business law. A graduate of Yale Law School, Janet began her legal career in London, England, working in the areas of international tax law and expatriate tax planning. She continued her international tax work in Moscow where she helped foreign business representatives seek the proper application of newly passed Soviet tax rules to their businesses. Upon returning to the United States, she practiced first in Washington, D.C., then Portland, Maine before moving to Florida. She is fluent and practices law in three languages, English, French, and Spanish, and is conversant in Russian. In addition, she has been published both nationally and internationally.
Committed to community service, Janet is involved in a wide variety of organizations throughout several counties, with primary emphasis in Volusia and Flagler, where she serves on the Planned Giving Committee of the Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler and is a member of the Florida Hospital Foundation, DeLand. She has also served as the Treasurer of the Volusia United Way Women’s Initiative and is a past President of the Volusia County Women’s Network.
Admitted to bar, 1979, District of Columbia; 1981, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 1983, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia and U.S. Circuit Court for the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court, District of Maine; 1989, Florida.
Vanderbilt University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1975); Yale Law School (J.D., 1978).
Don Quijote Award for Professional of the Year, 2016; Top 25 Influential Hispanics of Central Florida in 2016 (Vision Magazine); Top Rated Taxation Attorney, by ALM, 2014; Unsung Hero Award, presented at the Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards, 2013 for pro bono legal services and contributions to the Hispanic community; Mujer Destacada Award for Outstanding Hispanic Female Professional of 2013 awarded by La Prensa media; Above and Beyond Award, presented by the Volusia County Bar Association and Pro Bono Program of Mid-Florida, September, 2007 for pro bono legal services to the underprivileged.
Current Executive Committee Member and Secretary, Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando; Current Member of Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties, Inc. and Co-Chair, Planned Giving Committee, Current Member, Board of Directors of the Florida Hospital DeLand Foundation; Past President, Seaside Music Theater; Past President, Volusia County Trusts & Estates Council; Past President, Women’s Network of Volusia County; Pro Bono Counsel, O’Neill Foundation for Community Health, Inc.
Past service on the following boards: Executive Committee and Board member, United Way Women’s Initiative; Advisory Board, Union of Ibero-American Municipalities (Stetson University); Supporters of International Baccalaureate Students (SIBS); DeLand High School Business Partners; Board of Trustees, Seaside Music Theater; School Board of St. Barnabas Episcopal School; Stakeholders Committee (Concurrency), Volusia County School Board; Citizens Advisory Committee, 2003 Volusia County Schools Superintendent Search; Rotary Club of Daytona Beach; Board of Directors, Daytona Beach Community College Foundation; Board of Directors, Central Florida Legal Services; Board of Directors, Easter Seals of Volusia County; Board of Directors, Cultural Arts Center of DeLand; Board of Directors, The House Next Door, DeLand; Planning Committee, United Way Financial Symposium; Planned Giving Committee, American Cancer Society; Stetson Community Health Project; Professionalism Committee, Real Property Probate and Trust Section of the Florida Bar; World Affairs Council of Maine; Goodwill Industries Portland, Maine.
French, Spanish and Russian.