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Janette S. Knowlton

County Attorney - Janette S. Knowlton

County Attorney

County Attorney

Janette Knowlton initially joined the County in 2000 as Assistant County Attorney handling personal injury and land use litigation, advisor to the Board of Zoning Appeals, and as the prosecutor for the Code Enforcement Board. She was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners as Charlotte County Attorney in November 2004. 


  • Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of Southern California


  • Partner @ Knapp, Marsh, Jones & Doran, LLP, California General Counsel, Los Angeles
  • County Sanitation Districts
  • Environmental and Land Use Planning
  • Litigation 
  • Contract negotiations, air/water compliance and enforcement
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Legislative 

Professional Organizations:

  • Florida Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Middle District Court of Florida
  • Central District Court of California
  • Florida Association of County Attorneys, Executive Committee Board
  • Charlotte County Bar Association

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