Originally from Federal Way, Janelle Chase Fazio moved to California where she completed her undergrad degree at 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. Although she went to law school determined to change the world, she has sensibly scaled that back to trying to solve one problem at a time. She currently focuses her practice at GTH on civil rights, employment law, consumer protection and personal injury.
Fluent in Spanish, Janelle is a certified Spanish 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 high school educator/basketball coach and together they have two black cats, a German Sheperd, and eighteen nieces and nephews. When she’s not working, Janelle enjoys salsa dancing, reading sci-fi/fantasy and historical fiction novels, and hosting impromptu dance parties with all those nieces and nephews.
Washington State Bar Association
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Washington State Association for Justice
Vice Chair, Employment Section
Honorable Judge Bryan American Inn of Court
Janelle Chase-Fazio and James Beck represented a former State employee in a four week jury trial culminating in a total award of $1,106,094. The employee, a mandatory reporter, was demoted and then terminated after reporting expired meat he thought would be served to a vulnerable adult population. The suit sought damages against the State for retaliation. After the verdict, Mr. Beck and Ms. Chase-Fazio successfully argued for injunctive relief to ensure the State changes policies on retaliation. Quayle v. State of Washington, Pierce County Superior Court Case No.: 15-2-05962-4.
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Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Detainee Assistance, Seattle - 2013-present