Janice M. Patz
“I went into law to help folks whose voice is not being heard. My goal is to make things better for my clients than the situation was before I was retained, to empower my clients. The first time I recall advocating for someone was in 4th grade, when I stood up to a bully for another student in class. As an undergraduate at Bethany College, I realized that my passion for advocacy and interest in writing and public speaking would serve me well in law school at Syracuse University and as an attorney thereafter.”
Accomplishments: Now in her third decade as an attorney, Janice has experience in wills and estates, probate administration, family law, real estate, small business law, bankruptcy, and creditor’s rights. She has a wealth of legal and trial experience and has practiced at a large international firm, a midsized regional firm, as a consultant, and on her own as a sole practitioner. Janice is actively admitted in both Pennsylvania and New York, having practiced in Central New York for over 20 years before returning to her hometown of Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
The first person in her large extended family to attend college, her grandparents were Lithuanian immigrants who made their home in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. Her parents, raised in the depression, instilled in her the value of hard work and community service. Janice ascribes her professional successes to possessing grit, resilience, and tenacity.
Community: Community service is very important to Janice, as are issues impacting children. She is a board member of the Child Health Association of Sewickley, a 95 year old non-profit women’s’ organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in western Pennsylvania. Janice also serves as vice president of the board of directors at Fern Hollow Nature Center, a non-profit that provides educational opportunities aimed at helping children and adults appreciate our environment.
Personal: Janice’s greatest life accomplishment is raising two extremely accomplished and resilient daughters as a single mother. However, Janice also makes time to practice yoga, and enjoy cycling, mountain biking, hiking, Irish rowing, and skiing.