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Janelle believes that education has the power to change lives and she enjoys guiding the industry that secures student futures.

Clients value Janelle’s background as in-house counsel for a healthcare and technology educator, a state university as well as a global manufacturer. Janelle understands that even seemingly routine legal work in the higher education sector is highly regulated and carries public relations considerations. She is well versed in navigating both crisis management and the day-to-day operations that educators face:

  • Risk mitigation
  • Compliance
  • Board governance
  • Student affairs
  • Drafting agreements
  • Labor and employment
  • Individual and class claims

Janelle enjoys assisting colleges and universities on complex legal matters, collaborating with clients who devote their careers to higher education. She solves problems and helps educational institutions find the optimal path forward to achieve their mission.




  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Spelman College
    • cum laude
    • Political Science


  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter, Board of Directors; Chair of Corporate and Association Counsel Committee
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Chicago Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association (BWLA) of Greater Chicago
  • National Employment Law Council (NELC)


  • The Hon. Julian A. Cook Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Labor & Employment

  • Navigated global organizational employment matters including hiring, performance management, termination, reductions in force, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), affirmative action plans, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations, noncompetes and employee benefits.
  • Independently arbitrated and mediated labor disputes.
  • Acted as university's lead negotiator on collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) with unions.
  • Defended institutions against charges of discrimination before Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).
  • Defended university against charge of Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) before labor relations board.

General Counsel & Governance

  • Guided C-level executive team through wide variety of risk management, ethics, daily operations and crisis management.
  • Counseled administrators, trustees and senior leadership of healthcare, technology and professional education institution on broad array of risk management, daily operations, ethics and crisis management, including divestiture.
  • As associate general counsel for university, directed all legal matters, including student affairs, contract drafting and negotiation, regulatory compliance, litigation, policy development, governance, training and risk management.
  • As associate general counsel for global healthcare, technology and professional educator, navigated high-stakes bet-the-company, class and individual actions and regulatory inquiries brought by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Education.
  • Served as secretary of governing boards of two healthcare education institutions. Drafted board governing documents and facilitated onboarding of new trustees.


  • Spearheaded and implemented university Title IX compliance program and served as inceptive coordinator: drafted policies, trained staff and students, and handled investigations.
  • Led internal investigations in response to campus claims.
  • Developed and maintained policies, procedures and training regarding compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other state and federal regulations.
News Releases | January 21, 2020
Janelle Carter Anderson Joins Husch Blackwell's Chicago Office

Anderson brings a diverse background to her practice with service as in-house counsel to a global healthcare and technology education provider as well as a state university.

Outside the Office

In an alternate life, Janelle was a wine blogger.

Janelle and her husband are foodies who enjoy Chicago’s bustling restaurant and wine scene. With two very small children at home, Janelle’s weekends are busy with play dates, kid’s activities and plenty of time at pools and parks.

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