Janet L. Zumwalt
As a third generation Californian, I have lived all of my years in California. I was born in San Francisco and spent my childhood and teenage years in Marin County where I survived swimming in the cold waters of the Northern California coastline, horseback riding in the dry, dusty and sometimes
drought-ridden summers, wading through flood waters during a couple of winters and attempting to keep pace with my older sister and brothers. I moved to Santa Cruz to begin my college education at the University of California at Santa Cruz and later transferred to Long Beach State University, where I suffered short-term yet severe college culture shock. Always drawn to the Bay Area, I returned immediately after obtaining my B.A. in 1979, and worked in the non-profit health field.
Deciding to change direction in my career, I accepted an offer of employment in 1984 with a real estate investment and management company located in Cupertino. It was during my employment in the real estate business that I was introduced to the field of law. I enrolled in a paralegal class and shortly thereafter found myself with a paralegal certificate in hand. At the completion of my internship with the law firm of Ubhaus and Collins, I was pleased to be hired as a full-time paralegal in 1989. When John Marshall Collins began his solo practice in 1991I was lured to join him in his practice as a senior paralegal, a position I maintain to this day.
Away from rigors and challenges of paralegal work, I reside with my husband and our menagerie of animals in the east San Jose foothills. Priorities include choosing my next travel destination, deciding what books I want to read while lounging on a beach in Hawaii, finding more hours in the day to volunteer for a local animal rescue group and tackling my next gardening adventure.