Strickland practices ‘happy law,’ only female attorney on Sanibel
The newest attorney to call Sanibel home has also become the island’s lone female lawyer.
But Janet Strickland is not the kind of attorney you might see on a television drama or in the movies. She prefers to practice what she calls “happy law.”
“I do estate planning, probate, elder law and real estate documents… the fun stuff,” said Strickland, who is in her 23rd year of practicing law. “I enjoy working with clients to achieve a desired result, whether you need real estate planning, health care or power of attorney documents, or if you need help setting up of successfully operating your business.”
Born in Detroit, Mich., Strickland and her family moved to Gainesville, Fla., where she spent most of her childhood. She attended the University of Florida, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1977 with high honors.
Afterwards, she and her sister, Cheryl, decided to move to Breckenridge, Co., where she spent the next two decades.
“I decided to go to law school at the University of Denver… when I was 30,” she recalled, noting that she earned both her degree and joined the Colorado Bar in 1989.
And then, Strickland says with a smile, she discovered Sanibel.
“We had a friend who owned a condo here, so we would come for a visit every year during May,” she said. “This island is so special and so peaceful. People who live here truly appreciate the environment and work very hard to protect it.”
But after years of annual vacations — and marrying her husband, Walt Hendry, at ‘Tween Waters Inn on Captiva in 1996 — Strickland decided that a short stay on the island just wasn’t enough.
“We decided about five years ago that this was where we wanted to wind up,” she added. “So we bought a lot and started making plans.”
The first major step before making their permanent move here took place when Strickland sold her law practice in Port Orange, Fla.
“We had made a lot of good friends here over the years,” Strickland said. “Making the move almost felt like coming home.”
In addition to her membership in the Florida Bar Association and the Lee County Bar Association, Strickland is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club and the Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce, who celebrated the grand opening of her practice in The Village Shops last week.
“It is my goal to practice law in an expeditious and thorough manner for my clients, and to provide my clients with the legal advice and documents necessary for them to accomplish their personal or business goals,” she added.
Janet Strickland, P.A., operates office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only, at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Unit J1. For additional information about legal services she provides, call 472-3322 or visit www.jmslawyer.com.