"I strive to always zealously and compassionately represent my clients. It is my view that attorneys should never lose sight of the dignity and respect that clients deserve as people, regardless of their circumstances."
Janet Northrup has been practicing law for more than 40 years. Jan joined Hughes Watters Askanase in 2007 in an of counsel role. She is recognized as a leading consumer bankruptcy expert in the state of Texas, having focused her practice on bankruptcy for more than 21 years. Since 1986, Jan has been a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Southern District of Texas (Houston and Galveston Divisions.)
Jan is the founder of the Law Offices of Jan S. Casciato in Houston, a firm she operated from 1981 through 1986. She was a partner with Casciato, Payne & Havekost from 1986 through 1992. She served as a shareholder, officer and member of the board of directors with Casciato-Northrup, Payne & Thomas, P.C. from 1992 through 1996. In 1996, Jan resumed sole practice when she formed the Law Office of Janet Casciato Northrup which she operated through 2006.
Admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1980, Jan became licensed with the Federal District Court for the Southern, Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Jan has actively pursued and earned several certifications. In 1992, Jan was board certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law through the American Bankruptcy Institute. Also, in 1987, she was Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law through the Texas Board of Specialization. She became a certified mediator in 2003 through the Texas Association of Mediators, Association of Attorney-Mediators.
She served as a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee from 1995 through 2005 for the Western District of Texas and currently serves as Chapter 7 Trustee for the Southern District of Texas – Houston and Galveston Division- 1984-present.
University of Houston Law Center, Juris Doctorate, 1980
University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication, 1977
State Bar of Texas, 1980
American Bankruptcy Institute
Attorney Mediator Association
Bankruptcy Law Exam Commission
Serves on Board of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
College of State Bar of Texas
Consumer Bankruptcy Advisory Committee
Houston Bar Association
Houston Association of Debtors Attorney
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
State Bar of Texas
AWARDS & HONORS
Jan was named as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine 2004 through 2011. She was also named as a Distinguished Speaker for the Houston Bar Association Bankruptcy Section.
Saint Michael’s Church – music ministry, extraordinary Eucharistic ministor, homebound ministry, Blood drive ministry, lector,
Board of Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center, on the Charism Committee and Preaching Team
MS150 Charity Bike Ride – fundraiser and rider for nine years Tour of Champions
Dispute Resolutions Center of Harris Country, pro bono mediator in 2003
USA Council of Serra International Member
HOBBIES & SPECIAL INTERESTS
Jan enjoys running, biking, playing golf, and snow skiing. She also enjoys spending time with her grandsons and singing.