“I am guided by my passion for justice when protecting my clients’ business interests.”

A Michigan native, Janis spent her childhood summer vacations on Torch Lake. After practicing law in Colorado and downstate Michigan in large law firms, Janis realized her dream of living and working in northern Michigan when she moved to Traverse City in 2011. It is the perfect place for Janis to feed her passion for law and her passion for the great outdoors.

MEET Janis.

Janis L. Adams is an experienced employment and labor law attorney who represents employers throughout northern Michigan in all aspects of employment and labor law. Janis works personally with her clients to identify problems and protect their business interests by providing solid solutions with no surprises.

As a legal counselor, Janis regularly provides specialized advice and counsel to private and public employers on the myriad of issues impacting the workplace, including personnel matters, equal employment opportunity issues, state and federal employment laws and regulations, disability accommodation, family and medical leave, policy administration, union negotiations and union grievances. Her extensive experience in employment and labor law allows her to readily identify issues for her clients so that appropriate actions can be efficiently and effectively implemented to protect their business interests. Janis has encountered enough legal matters and tried enough cases to know that thinking ahead is the key to success. Utilizing her experience and passion, she guides her clients through their problems, offering personal and solid solutions.

Janis also represents her clients in the courtroom as a trusted and respected attorney. Her extensive background in litigation includes representation of clients on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims brought pursuant to Title VII, the ADEA, ADA, FMLA, and ELCRA, whistleblower protection claims, wrongful discharge, breach of employment agreement, breach of non-compete, and non-disclosure of confidential information agreement claims, wage and hour actions, and EEOC and MDCR charges. Janis also regularly represents employers in unfair labor practice charges, and labor arbitrations. Litigation can be a time of heightened stress and worry for employers. Janis’ clients can rely on her to listen to their worries, be respectful of their concerns, and passionately protect their interests. Her clients can depend on her to be by their side.

In her spare time, Janis enjoys mountain biking, road biking, running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and daily hikes with her dogs, Hazel and Boone.



“Janis has always proven to be professional and knowledgeable, but even more so, she has helped us be an exemplary business and employer, part of our mission and values. She has always been available, responsive and able to support the cooperative as a trusted advisor.”