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Janie provides clients with guidance regarding the establishment and operation of charitable organizations and family foundations. She also represents a broad range of individual clients with respect to estate and trust planning and administration, charitable giving and tax planning. She advocates for clients facing contested probate matters, including involuntary conservatorships and will contests. Janie has become a trusted advisor to many clients who value her sensitive and pragmatic approach to resolving probate and estate planning issues.

Janie also works with utility companies on land use, title review and siting issues, including the preparation of regulatory filings for infrastructure projects in Connecticut. She advises municipal commissions on land use issues, including wetlands and zoning matters.


  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars in the area of Estate & Probate, 2017-2021
  • Recognized for “Dedicated Service to Our Community” by Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, 2018
  • James A. Trowbridge Professional Responsibility Award, 2015
  • American Bar Association Section of State & Local Government Law, Award for Excellence in Land Use and State and Local Government Law, 2015
  • Articles and Opinions Editor, Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Land Use Planning
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Historic Preservation
  • Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, Legal Skills


  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Waterbury Bar Association
  • Litchfield County Bar Association


  • Connecticut Community Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Litchfield Community Center, President, Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Attorney, Lawyers for Children America
  • Volunteer Attorney, Pro Bono Partnership