Janet G. Horvath - Woman to Watch Class of 2014




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Janet G. Horvath has been an attorney with Jones Obenchain, LLP for ten years and a Partner for the last five. Before joining the firm, Janet participated in the Walt Disney World College Program and interned in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Janet attended Saint Mary’s College and graduated with a Bachelors of Business in Administration with a marketing concentration. She also attended Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, where she received her juris doctorate.

Doing the right thing
As a lawyer, Janet has to work in sometimes challenging circumstances with her clients. She recounts a recent incident in which her high work ethic and morals were able to lead to a successful outcome. “I am representing an estate which involves a dispute among the family members and recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals decided the case in my client’s favor,” Janet explains. “In this case, the decision was more than just a ‘legal victory.’ The outcome was personally satisfying because the decision was fair and just. And contrary to popular belief, what is fair and what is required under the law is not always the same thing. I was happy that it was here.”
 
Reaping the reward
Ultimately, though, Janet—who has dreamed about becoming an attorney since before she even entered kindergarten—finds her work very rewarding. “I like building relationships with my clients and their families. It’s rewarding to give my clients piece of mind when they know their estate plan has been completed and their family will be taken care of. In addition, when helping the family after a client passes away, I like making the process less burdensome by doing what I can during a very difficult time for them. It is a constant challenge because no client’s plan or estate is identical so there are new issues to address every time,” Janet explains. 
 
Making a difference
An involved Sassy woman, Janet is active in her community, where she is a member and past president of The Junior League of South Bend, a member of the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board at Saint Mary's College and director of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County. In 2009, Janet was named one of Michiana’s Forty under 40, an award which recognizes 40 area business and professional leaders who have achieved success before the age of 40. In 2012, she also received the YWCA of Northern Indiana Woman to Watch award.
 
Giving back to women
Janet also enjoys giving back and sharing the knowledge that she has learned over the years through her experience as a businesswoman. She was recently offered the opportunity to teach Business Law as an adjunct professor at Saint Mary's College and is really enjoying the satisfaction that giving back to others, especially women, brings. On starting her work as a professor, Janet says, “Knowing what an important part the four years I spent at Saint Mary's had in making me the person I am today, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to give back in some small way. And I have thoroughly enjoyed joining some of my past business professors as a colleague.”
 
Balancing act
Janet embodies all that makes up a Sassy woman, according to her friend Robyn Albert. “Janet is a planner and I think she has to be to balanced in everything in her life. She never gets worked up or stressed because she gives every aspect of her life equal time. Every woman and mother could learn something from her!” says Robyn. 
 
Janet and her husband, Leon, live in Rolling Prairie with their two young children, Alexandar, who is 3 and 1/2, and Grant, who is 1. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling. 
 

Sassy Facts About Janet:

Favorite dessert:
My mom's homemade strawberry pie. 
 
What’s your weekend style?
I like to wear pieces that are comfortable that I can give a classy, timeless look to with jewelry. 
 
Favorite beauty product?
L'Occitane body cream.
 
What’s your favorite part about Sassy?
The fashion section featuring the newest trends and must-haves.
 
What’s in your purse right now?
iPhone, L'Occitane hand cream, business cards, sunglasses and coupons to my most frequented stores. 
 
What’s your #1 secret to success?
A husband who supports me in whatever I do. 
 
How do you stay organized?
By making lists . . . and lots of post-it notes!
 
If you were a Sassy shoe, what would you be?
A red patent leather sling back with a small bow. I have a pair and they're my favorite because they are feminine and sassy.
 
What’s your go-to office style?
When I'm wearing a suit, I try to either incorporate a feminine touch with pieces of fine jewelry or an element of "sass" with fun shoes or costume jewelry.
 
What does success mean to you?
Not having to choose between the various things in life that bring me fulfillment—being a wife, a mother, work that challenges me and the opportunity to be active in the community.
 

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