J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2016
B.A., Mills College, 2009
magna cum laude
Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Janelle Chase Fazio is recognized as a Top-Rated Litigation Attorney in Washington by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers publication. Janelle began her trial advocacy just three months after being licensed to practice law, trying a four-week jury trial to a total verdict of over one million dollars. 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 concentrates her trial practice on civil rights, employment law, consumer protection, and personal injury, and has argued cases, published articles, and presented CLEs on these topics. Janelle has represented factory workers, school employees, nurses, doctors, military members returning to civilian jobs, mothers facing discrimination after giving birth, and several members of the LGBTQIA community.
Fluent in Spanish, Janelle is a certified interpreter and uses that skillset to help people navigate the legal system. Janelle founded the first Spanish-speaking free legal clinic in Tacoma in partnership with Tacoma Pro Bono and continues to serve as a volunteer at the clinic. She has worked for the Washington Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating falsely convicted prisoners and has also worked as an advocate within the Northwest Detention Center helping detainees access their civil rights.
A first-generation college graduate originally from Federal Way, Washington, Janelle earned her undergrad degree magna cum laude in English and Spanish from Mills College. After teaching high school Spanish in the Bay Area, Janelle returned to teach in the Pacific Northwest and, ultimately, to attend the University of Washington School of Law. Janelle is married to a college basketball coach and together they have a son, two black cats, and a German Shepherd. When she is not working, Janelle enjoys dancing salsa, reading fiction, and spending time at home with her family.
Washington State Bar Association
Washington State Association for Justice, Vice Chair, Employment Section
WSAJ Ready to Soar Award Recipient, 2020
Washington Employment Lawyers Association, Board Member
TPCBA Commitment to Diversity Award Recipient, 2017
Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers, Board Member
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Honorable Judge Bryan American Inn of Court