Janelle A. Weber is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Janelle is an experienced appellate lawyer and federal litigator. She focuses her practice on commercial, consumer finance, and real property litigation.
She defends lenders, servicers, and other financial institutions in class actions and individual suits against consumer lawsuits alleging violations of state and federal statutes, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Janelle represents lenders in foreclosures of commercial properties and actions on promissory notes and guaranties. She also represents retailers, developers, and manufacturers in a multitude of commercial matters.
Additionally, Janelle has litigated copyright and trademark cases and arbitrated domain name disputes. She has represented newspapers and television stations in the areas of defamation and invasion of privacy, reporter subpoenas, public records, and advertising.
At the University of Florida, Janelle earned book awards in seven classes, including constitutional law, copyright, and intellectual property/unfair competition, and was elected Notes and Comments Editor of the Florida Law Review. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Before joining Shutts, Janelle clerked for the Honorable Ed Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida.
Prior to entering law school, Janelle reported for the Associated Press, The News of Mexico City, and other media organizations. Possessing a strong interest in international affairs, Janelle has lived, worked, and studied in Mexico and France. In her spare time, Janelle enjoys wakeboarding, creative writing, and following Formula One racing and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES:
- Member, Media & Communications Law Committee, The Florida Bar, 2017 – present
- Board Member, Florida Photographic Museum, 2013-2014
- Gasparilla Committee for the Festival of the Arts
- Chair, Poster & T-Shirt Committee, 2012-2014
- University of Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
- Columbia University, M.S. Journalism, 2000
- Georgetown University, B.S. Foreign Service, magna cum laude, 1999
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