RESUME OF ATTORNEY JANA R. BARNETT
Master of Administrative Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1981
Juris Doctor, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1976
Editor, Maryland Law Forum, 1975-76
Associate Editor, Maryland Law Forum, 1974-75
Bachelor of Arts, Syracuse University, 1973
Phi Beta Kappa
Magna Cum Laude
Recent Professional Affiliations
Member, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Member, National Employment Lawyers’ Association
Member, National Employment Lawyers’ Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Family Law Section
Exceptional Children Section
Labor and Employment Section
Solo and Small Firm Practice Section
- President, 2000-2002
- Vice President, 1999-2000
- Treasurer, 1998-1999
- Council Member, 1996-2002
Member, Berks County Bar Association
Family Law Section
Solo and Small Firm Practice Section
October 25, 2012 - Presidential Award of Merit for Dedicated Service to the Community by Researching and Writing the Voter Photo ID Guide
Berks County Public Service
Panel Attorney, Cancer Legal Resource Center, 2010 - present
Election Protection Volunteer Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania, 2010, 2012 and 2014
Wills for Heroes - volunteered in August and October, 2011
Literacy Council of Reading- Berks, 1995 - 2011
Honorary Director, 2002 - 2011
President, Board of Directors, 1998 - 2002
Personnel Committee Chair, 1995 - 1998, 2010 - 2011
Member, Board of School Directors, Wyomissing Area School District, 2001 - 2009
President, 2003 - 04
Chair, Policy Committee, 2003 - 2008
Chair, Policy/Personnel Committee, 2008 - 2009
Executive Committee, Berks E.I.T. Bureau, 2007 - 2009
Director, Planned Parenthood of Northeast Pennsylvania, 1996 - 2001
Council Member, Berks Minority Development Council (MINDCO), 1995 - 2001
Admission to Courts
Supreme Court of the United States of
America - March 24, 1980
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - April 10, 1978
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - February 1999
United States District Court for the District of Maryland - June 17, 1977
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania - April 18, 1996
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania - October 24, 2006
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - November
28, 1994 (Supreme Court I.D. 73189)
Court of Appeals of Maryland - December 29, 1976
Law Offices of Jana R. Barnett 1994-Present
Since becoming a sole practitioner, Ms. Barnett has utilized her problem-solving skills to help clients concerned with special education, employment, family and business matters.
Her special education clients seek counsel on such issues as the services to which their children are entitled by law, the adequacy of the IEPs, the evaluations to which their children are entitled, disciplinary action taken by the school district, and representation at IEP Team meetings, due process hearings and federal lawsuits.
Her employment clients seek counsel on such issues as their eligibility for unemployment compensation, their rights to be protected from discrimination, their rights to be paid for all time worked at the appropriate rate, their rights to get access to their personnel files, and their rights to receive severance benefits. They appreciate the practical advice which they receive about what needs to be done to protect their rights, and what damages are compensable. Clients find Ms. Barnett to be a strong advocate for them.
Her family law clients seek counsel about how to get divorced; how to claim spousal support, child support and/or alimony pendente lite; how support is calculated; what property is marital property; whether an award of alimony is possible; whether they may be awarded custody or visitation; how a court determines the best interests of a child; the practical effects of custody terms; and post nuptial and prenuptial agreements.
Ms. Barnett also helps clients with
wills, durable powers of attorney and living
wills; contracts; educational issues; and
Of Counsel, Law Offices of Victoria Bentley
From 2005 - 2009, Ms. Barnett litigated family law cases for Victoria Bentley, Esq. in addition to cases for her own clients.
Maryland Insurance Group 1984-1993
Vice President, Corporate
Secretary and Associate General Counsel
January 1992 - October 1993
As Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Ms. Barnett was head of the Corporate Department, and one of four attorneys who reported directly to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Her clients included Human Resources (which initiated the Early Retirement Program, initiated the Flexible Benefits Program, implemented compliance programs for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Ms. Barnett investi-gated and responded to charges of discriminati¬on, supervised employment litigation, and approved contracts for a variety of services.
As Corporate Secretary, Ms. Barnett ran the meetings of the Boards of Directors, prepared agenda for and minutes of the meetings, supervised the licensing and corporate records assis-tants, and supervised the law library.
Second Vice President and
Associate General Counsel
April 1987 - December 1992
As Second Vice President and head of the Corporation Department, Ms. Barnett supervised several attorneys who prepared/revised/ approved contracts; developed standard contracts which clients could enter into without further legal approval; supervised litigation; provided general legal services to the Company; and - when a subsidiary was sold - prepared the letter of intent for the prospective buyer, provided information to satisfy the buyer's due diligence, worked with opposing counsel to negotiate a mutually agreeable contract of sale, and prepared the closing documents.
Associate General Counsel May 1985 - April 1987 -- Assistant General Counsel March 1984 - April 1985
As both Associate and Assistant General
Counsel, Ms. Barnett had a general practice
within the Company. She developed a standard
real estate lease and master lease for
computer hardware; prepared a variety of
contracts; provided general legal services;
participated in quarterly human resources
audits of field operations; supervised
litigation; and provided all in-house support to the Human Resources Division.
Steinberg, Schlachman, Potler, Belsky & Weiner, P.A. 1976-1984
Partner and Associate
Ms. Barnett handled major civil cases (including personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, and employment discrimination) by evaluating prospective cases, conducting informal and formal discovery, preparing cases for settlement and/or trial, and representing clients in the courtroom.
If you would like to speak with Attorney Jana R. Barnett and learn how she can assist you, call her at 610-478-1860, or click here to send her an e-mail, and she will reply as quickly as possible.