Associate at Stoddard Firm
Pennsylvania native Janelle Zabresky graduated magna cum laude from Clarion University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. While at Clarion, she was a member of the Clarion Women’s Basketball team and the University’s Student Senate. After college, Janelle earned her law degree cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law in 2013. In law school, Janelle was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and had her article titled “Creating a Safe Harbor for Florida’s Children: An Overview of Florida’s Legislative Evolution in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” published in the Winter 2013 issue.
At an early age, Janelle’s dedication to public service and desire to help others inspired her to pursue a career in law. During law school, Janelle served as a qualified representative where she advocated for disabled children in Medicaid waiver termination appeals and rule challenge proceedings at the Division of Administrative Hearings. Janelle also received the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award after completing 140 hours of pro bono services interning as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice Polston at the Florida Supreme Court.
After moving to Atlanta in 2014, and prior to joining The Stoddard Firm in 2019, Janelle began her legal career in Georgia working at large renowned defense firms in Atlanta where she specialized in defending motor vehicle accidents and premises liability claims. After several years of defending corporations and insurance companies in personal injury and wrongful death cases, Janelle decided to follow her true calling – protecting the rights and interests of the victims in those same cases.
Janelle’s years of experience as a former defense attorney provides her with a unique insight into how insurance companies investigate, evaluate, and defend personal injury claims. Janelle now uses that knowledge and experience when representing clients against insurance companies. She knows what it takes to win.
Janelle is a tireless and dedicated client advocate who will out-work and out-prepare the other side. She takes great pride in making a difference in others’ lives and leaves no stone unturned in her efforts to achieve the greatest possible resolution for every client. She also recognizes the importance of understanding each individual client’s story and believes passion, hard work, communication, and dedication are a vital part of client representation.
Janelle is admitted to practice in all state of Georgia Courts, including the Court of Appeals. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S District Court, Northern District of Georgia and Southern District of Georgia. Janelle is also licensed to practice law in Florida. Janelle is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
When she is not in the office working, Janelle enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing, spending time with her family, friends, and dog (Porter). Janelle is also a sports enthusiast and loves to cheer on her favorite sports teams, the Florida State Seminoles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Janelle volunteers her time for Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta, Atlanta Lab Rescue of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Food Bank.