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Janese Michelle Caruthers

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Janese Caruthers was born in Birmingham but raised and schooled in Macon, GA. She is a graduate of Furman University and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Ms. Caruthers won several leadership awards during both undergraduate studies and law school. Ms. Caruthers joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2007 in the Lee County Office. During 2010, she had more felony jury trials of all assistant public defenders in the 20th Judicial Circuit, including a two-week long jury trial. In 2011, Ms. Caruthers transferred to the Charlotte County Office of the Public Defender. In Charlotte County, Ms. Caruthers continued taking several cases to trial and drafted and argued the Motion to Dismiss for Facial Unconstitutionality of Florida Statute 893 on behalf of over 100 Public Defender clients in Charlotte County.

Janese Caruthers joined Brown, Suarez, Rios, & Weinberg in January of 2012. Shortly after joining the firm, Ms. Caruthers’s cases were often featured on local news outlets such as Fox 4 and Wink News. Ms. Caruthers's defense of her client in a high profile murder case was featured on national and local news including Good Morning America, ESPN, Miami Herald, and the Washington Post. In addition, in April of 2013, Ms. Caruthers appeared on the nationally syndicated Dr. Phil Show to discuss her victory in a Stand Your Ground Motion where all charges were dismissed against her client.

She actively writes about legal topics in her blog found at She also lectures on various legal topics at community events in southwest Florida. Ms. Caruthers is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, past President of the Isaac Anderson Chapter of the National Bar Association, and a past member of the Calusa Chapter of the American Inns of Court.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    7 years
  2. Family: 15%
  3. Child Support: 15%
  4. Child Custody: 15%
  5. Divorce & Separation: 15%



Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

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  • Gregory John Nussbickel

    I endorse this lawyer. Janese is a skilled and conscientious advocate.


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  • Zachary J Cantor

    Janese is an intelligent hard working attorney. She is dedicated to her clients and is a fantastic advocate for their interests.


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Contact info

St. Surin & Caruthers, P.A.

2077 First St.
Suite 206
Fort Myers, FL, 33901

St. Surin & Caruthers, P.A.

999 Vanderbilt Beach Rd
Suite 225
Naples, FL, 34108

St. Surin & Caruthers, P.A.

252 W. Marion Avenue
Suite 1128
Punta Gorda, FL, 33950



FLMember in Good Standing200709/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rosa Mary Bodkin Leadership AwardFurman UniversityN/A
Spirit of Service AwardCumberland School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSt. Surin & Caruthers, PA2015 - Present
AssociateBrown, Suarez & Rios, PA2012 - 2014
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender2007 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Isaac Anderson Chapter of the National Bar AssociationPresident2012 - Present
Calusa American Inn of CourtN/A2008 - 2011
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2007 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Town HallWhat to do when pulled over2015
Florida Legislature MeetingPolice Brutality2015
Know Your Rights, It Can Save Your LifeRights when pulled over by police2014
Dunbar Community SymposiumStand Your Ground Law2014