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Jann Collette Washington

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Richmond Hts., OH

4.2   5 reviews

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Twenty years ago, prior to my entering into the field of law, my husband and I lost our house to foreclosure and we filed a bankruptcy.  I know how people facing foreclosure and bankruptcy feel because I've been there myself.  I can empathize with my clients while I represent them.  

I began my career in the law as a paralegal.  I worked for a medical malpractice attorney for over ten years.  Then I became a paralegal for a creditor's rights attorney for four years, working my way up the firm to become the controller and office manager, all the while attending law school and offering part-time paralegal services to a personal injury and general practice attorney.

Upon graduating law school and passing the bar, I worked as a general practice attorney for a small law firm in Chardon, Ohio.  It was in that practice that I began concentrating on foreclosure defense, creditor/debtor law, and landlord/tenant law.  In addition to being admitted as an attorney in the State of Ohio in May, 2011, I also was admitted to the federal court in the Northern District of Ohio, practicing in the Bankruptcy Courts.  I am a member of the Ohio Bar Association, Geauga County Bar Association, and Westshore Bar Association.

Licensed for 12 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 05/06/2023

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Jann Collette Washington
5247 Wilson Mills Rd. #185
Richmond Hts., OH, 44143


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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Experience with an Attorney
Jann was so kind and thorough. She's obviously done this a few times for people. No judgement and she really humanized the whole process. She left me feeling prepared for the 341 hearing, knowing the types of questions I'd be asked so I felt confident going into it. She patiently answered all my questions, and to me it seemed I had a lot of questions all the time. But she never made me feel as if my questions weren't welcome, even after discharge when I encountered a debtor I forgot all about from over a decade ago. She is the nicest most personable attorney there is. I highly recommend Jann Washington if you need a good bankruptcy attorney.
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Posted by David | March 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Treated me like a person not a "case".
Going through a bankruptcy is a such a stressful situation. Finding a lawyer that treated me like a person not like a "case" was so reassuring. She accompanied me to my court hearing and explained every step thoroughly. During the three year period she allowed me to text her with any questions I had. Yes, I said text. My questions were usually answered by the end of the day. She was never to busy for me. She is a smart lawyer with a personal touch. I would highly reccomend her!
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Security Deposit
I was referred to Jann by my sister, who previously had landlord issues. She said hiring Jann was the best money she'd ever spent so when I ran into an issues with my landlord withholding excessive money from my security depot, upon moving out, I gave Jann a call. She was beyond helpful during that first call and gave me scenarios and options of how to proceed that would be most beneficial to me. I ended up hiring Jann regarding the excessive fees he charged and I ended up getting more money back from the landlord! Best money I spent as well! I had sent her numerous emails and pictures of the property as well as conversations with the landlord and throughout that process, she was a pleasure to work with during what can be considered a stressful time. I highly recommend Jann!!
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Posted by Tree | December 21, 2014
Security Deposit
I moved from an apartment complex on August 30, 2014. I left my apartment spotless in order to receive my full security deposit. It never came. I sent a form letter from the Cleveland Tenants Association by Certified Mail with no response. I contacted Ms. Washington and gave her the 20 pictures that I took of my totally clean and undamaged apartment. I received my Security Deposit check including my retainer fee and an inconvenience fee 5 weeks later. I am very happy that I hired her.
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Response from Jann Washington December 23, 2014
Thank you. I'm glad I could assist you with your problem.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was referred to Jan Washington for a bankruptcy. Jan confirmed what I could have removed. After receiving a letter from the creditor I filed the bankruptcy on. I asked Jan about it, that's when she told me that the creditor could not be removed. The basis of the bankruptcy was to remove this creditor and she lied to me. Wasted time and money.
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Response from Jann Washington August 13, 2020
Without knowing which debtor/client this is, I would have a hard time responding to this person's concerns. I am as up front with all my clients as I can possibly be. My clients receive information on the types of credit that can and cannot be discharged at the beginning of the case with a significant information package provided.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-175 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Jann C. Washington, Esq. LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Of Counsel Attorney
  • Cozmyk Law Offices
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Petersen & Petersen
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Paralegal
  • Law Offices of Timothy M. Sullivan
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Paralegal / Secretary
  • Quinn Legal Associates
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Self Employed Contract Paralegal
  • Self Employed Contract Paralegal
  • 1997 - 2010
  • Paralegal
  • Dale P. Zucker Co., LPA
  • 1996 - 2005
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  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Toledo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Saved home from being foreclosed upon
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Loan modification
  • Landlord / Tenant
  • Security deposit returned in full
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  • Ohio Northern District Courts
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Geauga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State of Ohio
  • Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Westshore Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Cali Award in Intellectual Property
  • CALI
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (8)
Endorse Jann
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I endorse this lawyer. Why? If you read answers to questions by persons on AVVO and read her answers, you will notice Jann takes the time to carefully and fully (and accurately) explain the answer to the questions directly and to the point. Having practiced myself 29 years and filed over 5,400 bankruptcy petitions I appreciate attorneys who have substantial experience and yet willing to take the time on AVVO to give you information that you sought. After all, is that not why you asked? So go to an attorney who you will receive such quality representation by. Great job to Jann too! Sincerely, Richard D. Granvold"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jann Collette Washington is an active volunteer on the Avvo question & answer forum and a welcome addition to the community from Ohio. An obviously caring and careful attorney, she clearly looks out for those who need help and I am honored to endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Jann Collette Washington gives thorough and practical legal advice."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Washington is well versed in Landlord/Tenant law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Washington since our time together in law school and can attest to her strong character and experience in the legal field."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Washington. She is well credentialed and has been quite prolific in her responses to Avvo community posed questions."
Foreclosure Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As evidenced by Ms. Washington's answers on Avvo, she understands the law well."
Foreclosure Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want to know something about the competency of an attorney or their desire to help people straighten out their life, take a look at the dozens of published answers to questions they have at, look at the respect and endorsements they have from fellow attorneys, look at their work experience and especially at their paralegal experience too (that's where they learn the everyday world of practicing law and how to handle it, long before they become a lawyer), and look at how helpful their website is too. When you do that with attorney Washington, you will see what we see - a remarkable and highly competent lawyer who knows the law and likes to make sure that her clients understand it too. Foreclosure defense is tough, but Jann can handle it. If you need help she is your answer. I recommend her to you."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jann has a nurturing and caring quality to her. She was very encouraging to me as went through the licensing process. If you are a client that needs your attorney to take the time to understand your needs and fight for them, then I recommend you hire Jann."
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