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Janese Michelle Caruthers

Janese Michelle Caruthers

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Family, Personal Injury

About Me

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

Licensed since 2007

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    7 years
  2. Family: 30%
    1 year
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    4 years



Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Patrick Norman Bailey

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Caruthers is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. I have seen her skills as a trial lawyer and know she gives her clients the attention they deserve and desire. She has tried more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. She is highly capable in motion practice and in all aspects of trial litigation and post conviction proceedings.


    Patrick Bailey Computer Fraud Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • C. C. Abbott

    I endorse this lawyer.I have had the opportunity to work with Attorney Caruthers on several cases in the past when we were both working in the Public Defender's office. She has always acted as a true professional.


    C. Abbott Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

St. Surin & Caruthers, P.A.

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


FLMember in Good Standing200705/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

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