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Janelle A. Weber is a partner in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.

Janelle is an experienced appellate lawyer and federal litigator. She focuses her practice on commercial, consumer finance, and real property litigation. She defends lenders, servicers, and other financial institutions in class actions and individual suits against consumer lawsuits alleging violations of state and federal statutes, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act. Janelle represents lenders in foreclosures of commercial properties and actions on promissory notes and guaranties. She also represents retailers, developers, and manufacturers in a multitude of commercial matters.

Additionally, Janelle has litigated copyright and trademark cases and arbitrated domain name disputes. She has represented newspapers and television stations in the areas of defamation and invasion of privacy, reporter subpoenas, public records, and advertising.

At the University of Florida, Janelle earned book awards in seven classes, including constitutional law, copyright, and intellectual property/unfair competition, and was elected Notes and Comments Editor of the Florida Law Review. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Before joining Shutts, Janelle clerked for the Honorable Ed Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Honorable Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida. Prior to entering law school, Janelle reported for the Associated Press, The News of Mexico City, and other media organizations. Possessing a strong interest in international affairs, Janelle has lived, worked, and studied in Mexico and France. In her spare time, Janelle enjoys wakeboarding, creative writing, and following Formula One racing and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Education

  • University of Florida, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
  • Columbia University, M.S. Journalism, 2000
  • Georgetown University, B.S. Foreign Service, magna cum laude, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • New York Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member, Media & Communications Law Committee, The Florida Bar, 2017 – present
  • Mentor, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Pro Bono Partnership
  • Board Member, Florida Photographic Museum, 2013-2014
  • Gasparilla Committee for the Festival of the Arts
    • Chair, Poster & T-Shirt Committee, 2012-2014

Presentations

  • Invasion of Privacy, Florida Press Club, Fall 2007
  • Access to Public Records, University of South Florida, October 2007
  • Access to 911 Tapes in the 50 States:  Balancing Privacy against the Public Interest in Disclosure, Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications, August 2007
  • False Light in Florida, University of Florida, April 2007

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Publications

  • Florida’s Sunshine Reaches Governmental Email, The Docket, Sarasota County Bar Association, January 2007
  • Don’t Drink, Don’t Smoke, Don’t Download:  Parents’ Liability for their Children’s Unauthorized File Sharing, 57 Florida Law Review 1163 (2006)
  • The Spending Clause:  Funding a Filth-Free Internet or Filtering Out the First Amendment?, 56 Florida Law Review 471 (2004)

News

  • Unauthorized Sale of Goods as “New” on EBay May Cause Consumer Confusion
  • Foreign Manufacturers May Have Protectable Rights