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Graduated with high honors from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Psychology.  He is an honors graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and Moot Court Board.  While in law school, Mr. Janke worked for the Northern California Public Interest Research Group (NorCal PIRG) and Santa Clara County Community Legal Services.

Mr. Janke was a visiting instructor of business law at the American College of Switzerland.  Upon returning, he worked for a defense litigation firm, most notably as co-appellate counsel in Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. v. Jeppesen, 642 F.2d 339 (1981), a case arising from an airliner crash in Las Vegas.

Mr. Janke operated a litigation practice in downtown San Jose for 17 years.  His cases included construction, employment discrimination, personal injury, family law, and consumer fraud.



Mr. Janke has served as a judge pro tem in the Santa Clara County Superior Court for more than 20 years.  He has presided over settlement conferences, arbitrations, mediations, small claims trials, and traffic court hearings.

Mr. Janke now works as a consultant to the legal profession in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His practice is limited to civil appeals in state and federal courts and trial court law and motion practice.

Mr. Janke has represented both appellants and respondents in state and federal appellate courts as well as in the U.S. Tax Court.  He recently completed briefing and oral argument before the Ninth U.S. District Court of Appeals in Pearce v. Romeo et al., an action for violation of civil rights.

Mr. Janke is the co-author with Ed Sherman of The Couples Contract (Nolo Press Occidental 2006).
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