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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.


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 45%
  2. Foreclosure: 30%
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 10%
  4. Debt Settlement: 10%
  5. Car Accident: 5%



Hourly ($150-200/hour), contingent (30-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard D. Granvold

    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


    Richard Granvold Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dorothy G Bunce

    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.


    Dorothy Bunce Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Cali Award in Intellectual PropertyCALI2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of Counsel AttorneyCozmyk Law Offices2012 - Present
AttorneyJann C. Washington, Esq. LLC2012 - Present
AttorneyPetersen & Petersen2010 - 2012
ParalegalLaw Offices of Timothy M. Sullivan2006 - 2010
Paralegal / SecretaryQuinn Legal Associates2005 - 2006
Self Employed Contract ParalegalSelf Employed Contract Paralegal1997 - 2010
ParalegalDale P. Zucker Co., LPA1996 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Northern District CourtsAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
Geauga County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
State of OhioAttorney at Law2011 - Present
Westshore Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Foreclosure Defensewaiver of deficiency on 2 properties
Auto AccidentSettled prior to suit
Foreclosure DefenseWaiver of deficiency balance
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of ToledoLiberal artsBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Cuyahoga Community CollegeLiberal StudiesAssociate of Arts2004